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Wingfoiling: Armstrong Foils release the new A-Wing XPS Lightwind Wing

by Armstrong Foils 4 Jun 14:17 NZST 4 June 2024
Armstrong AWing XPS Lightwind offers remarkable light airs winging - June 2024 © Armstrong Foils

Armstrong Foils have announced the new A-Wing XPS Lightwind which offers remarkable light airs winging performance for beginner-expert riders - giving you the opportunity to get foiling on the water no matter how light the breeze.

A-Wing XPS Lightwind Wing

Revolutionizing the lightwind wing

Utterly unlike anything you’ve tried.

Foiling in light winds is a downright magical practice that changes the way you look at wind and water. Make the most of every opportunity to get in the water and no matter how light the forecast gets, the all-new A-Wing XPS Lightwind will push you to progress. It packs a remarkable punch in even the slightest breeze while hardly being confined to any conventional “big wing” boxes; super manoevrable and engaging to ride, light and terrifically balanced, and an all-around no brainer to fly. This is the new standard for lightwind fun, period.

The Power Batten

An ace up its sleeve.

A primary design challenge with wings – large wings in particular – is making sure everything stays the right shape when riding. Located at the rear of the canopy perpendicular to the strut, our proprietary, patent-pending carbon fibre Power Batten maintains a precise airfoil profile along the full length of the wing from leading to trailing edge. This dramatically improves power generation through the center of the wing with hyper-efficient airflow and enables the wing’s signature bat tail outline. A narrower wingspan with less outboard weight is more balanced, much easier to pump up onto foil and overall feels smaller than other wings of equivalent area – all huge wins out on the water.

Cross Panel Sail Design

Where it all comes together.

The innovative Cross Panel Sail (XPS) design provides an outstanding connected feel to the wing when riding. By arranging the canopy panels at diagonal angles, this futuristic panel layout greatly reduces sail distortion and improves load distribution and frame rigidity. This gives all XPS Lightwind sizes a very direct and controlled feel for easy and comfortable flying. Removable carbon fibre battens minimise trailing edge flutter and provide easy canopy tuning for varying wind strengths.

Airframe and Canopy

It’s what you’re made of.

Weight and stiffness are everything when chasing performance, especially in lightwind wings. The XPS Lightwind’s leading edge is made from new generation high quality lightweight Dacron, tried and tested polyester Dacron and Ultra PE woven laminate reinforcements which provides excellent torsional stiffness and rigidity while minimising weight and achieving real-world durability. Teijin Technoforce D3 canopy material is light and strong and complements the Cross Panel Sail Design perfectly. The canopy windows are made from an ultra-clear and foldable TPU which adds minimal weight to the setup while providing terrific visibility in all conditions.

Get a Grip

Comfort through innovation.

The proprietary Hybrid Carbon Handle (HCH) design has a rigid carbon interior skeleton and a soft padded exterior. Also found on our XPS wings, it’s a light and ultra-stiff combination that offers the best balance of control and comfort. The strut shape positions the handles in a highly ergonomic position to boost your session endurance. A lack of hard edges also adds an element of impact safety for you and your board.

Features

Specifications

7.0m2
Wind range: 7-15kts
Area: 7.0m2
Span: 357.5cm
Weight: TBC
Max PSI: 6

8.0m2
Wind range: 4-10kts
Area: 8.0m2
Span: 374.4cm
Weight: TBC
Max PSI: 6

Package

Includes bag, spare battens and patch kit.

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