All the DNA of the glider resides in its name „STEP X”. The letter X, pronounced „cross”, illustrates the intersection of the two disciplines ofCross Country and Hike & Fly. This is exactly where this new generation EN-B+ is positioned: at the crossroads of lightness and durability without compromising on performance. The STEP X is therefore aimed at leisure pilots who wish to equip themselves with an EN-B sport to go further in cross country while continuing to enjoy the pleasures of walking & flight.
The development team used a wide range of materials to create a wing that is both light and strong. To achieve this, the most exposed areas are equipped with strong and durable materials, while the less stressed areas benefit from light materials for a significant weight saving without impacting on the Life span of the wing. The STEP X allows you to unleash your full potential both on and off the ground flight.
The performance of the STEP X is due to several elements of its design that have been extensively reworked and optimized compared to its predecessors, starting with the addition of a tension band located between the B and C lines. This strip improves the surface finish while extending the speed range of the wing, giving you a precise, agile and reassuring ride.
Secondly, the new layout of its diagonals allows an optimization of the distribution of the forces on the Airfoil, thus guaranteeing a better holding of the wing in time, and thus, a greater durability of your glider.
Finally, the new line branching reduces the overall length of the Line set. This feature improves the performance of the STEP X by reducing drag.
The behavior of the STEP X is reassuring. Its smooth and intuitive piloting allows you to maximize the rate of climb in thermals to go further without tiring you with an unnecessarily complex piloting. Indeed, it is by leaving room for pleasure and safety that the STEP X stands out from some EN-B+ that can sometimes be very demanding to fly. The wing does not try to compete with an EN-C but gives you the means to continue your progression towards performance with confidence.
The STEP X is the logical continuation of an entry-level EN-B such as the LEAF3 or LEAF3 Light and gives you everything you need to prepare for a switch to EN-C.