MY ULTRALIGHT WING
WEIGHT & SIZES
All weights without Carbon-Boom and without Grab-Handles.
Carbon-Boom = 278 gr; Grab-Handles = 87 gr
LIGHT - EFFICIENT - AGILE
Only a really light wing is fun for me. The Tyron is really light without using particularly sensitive materials. A wing is subjected to very different stresses than a kite. That's why you always have to keep stability and robustness in mind when it comes to lightweight construction. The Tyron has many construction details that make the wing very light on one hand, but on the other hand also very stiff and durable. Overall I was able to use a slightly heavier cloth on the Tyron than I do on my kites because I can use a different construction on the Wing. This cloth copes well with the loads in a strongly pretensioned Wing, as it has even higher strength values.
The Tyron has a very good efficiency for a wing with a wide range of use. This comes from its high pretension on the main sail, the effective profile, low weight and finally also from its shape, as well as panel arrangement. Only when all these factors are perfectly coordinated every single detail works with full efficiency. During the development period I was able to notice real leaps in the wing's performance. If I had to use the 6m with the previous prototype the 5m was often sufficient for the successor. Especially in handling and wind range the Tyron has now reached a level that I had always wished for my Wing.
Even if a Wing has a lot of power it should not be a lame tractor from my point of view. I want to play with the wing at all time and not have to spend a lot of energy on it. I want to cruise downwind with the wing, but also be able to make tight turns in the waves. Due to its low weight the Tyron is already very agile in itself. However its profile and also the tight topsail make it particularly agile and nimble to handle. Even when I sail intensively towards the wing in light winds I expect my wing to do exactly what I expect from an agile wing: it remains completely neutral, because I want to focus on the maneuver and not on the wing. If I want to compare my speed with other wings, I expect my wing to be agile so that I can be in front with full control.
"To make my wing as playful in handling and as agile as my kites are I have also consistently focused on lightweight construction and innovative features."
Boom & Handles
As a long-time windsurfer I naturally prefer a boom on my wing. All my prototypes have therefore always had a boom, because I like the direct feeling to the wing very much. However I have often been asked whether my wing will also be available with handles. Then I had the idea that it would be perfect to have both systems in one Wing. With the Tyron both are now possible. Boom & Handles. The conversion is done without tools. Under "Moments" in the picture gallery you can see a photo sequence of how fast the conversion works.
The direct feeling to the wing with a boom is irreplaceable for me. Especially in maneuvers where the wing is to be guided above your head it is much easier to control the wing precisely. I don't even have to look at where a possible grabbing point is. I simply reach in the direction of the strut and then instinctively realize where I can grab it. When pumping with the wing I can also get more energy out of the wing with a boom from my point of view. My carbon boom is entirely made of carbon and can be disassembled into three parts without tools so that it also fits into the wing bag. In the grip area, like the windsurfing boom, an EVA is applied to provide the necessary grip. The pure carbon tube has only 22mm outer diameter which provides for long sessions with the Wing without cramps in the forearms. With only 278gr my carbon boom is also very light and therefore fits perfectly with the Tyron.
If someone doesn't like a boom the wing can be used with the already mounted handles on the Tyron. Because of the shape of the strut I was able to design the handles on the Tyron without a large arc in order to be grabbed. As a direct connection between the suspension points they are very tight allowing for a much more direct connection to the wing than is normally the case with handles. The two handles are attached with Velcro to Dyneema loops in the strut and can be nimbly removed if you want to use the carbon boom.
I have designed the shape of the strut so that there is a balanced pull on both hands. This applies both with the handles and for use with the carbon boom. Not only the position of the handles is important, but also the angle of attack of the main sail. Due to the special shape of the strut the handles immediately form the best possible angle which corresponds to a natural holding position of the wing. The same applies to the carbon boom. The result is relaxed winging and long sessions. The long middle segment of the strut is straight and runs exactly along the main pull direction in the main sail. This means that the strut can hardly bend even if there is a lot of pressure in the sail of the wing. This bending would have the undesirable effect of shortening the distance between the leading and trailing edges of the wing making the profile more bulbous. This is an effect that you do not want to have in strong winds.
My first prototypes and many wings on the market all had a rather straight leading edge and were still quite little swept back to bring good tension on the canopy. In the course of development however I found that the tension is not evenly distributed on both arms and the wing with this shape has disadvantages when pumping, because the wingtips can not twist so well. The Tyron now has a much more swept-back shape which provides the desired characteristics. By adding more pretension on the leading edge I have also been able to keep the tension in the main sail high. This allows the profile in the wing to stabilize well. The wingtips can now twist well creating a balanced wing that flies relaxed without constant corrections even in gusty conditions. The rear hand has also gained more effect when pumping the wing due to the surface being moved further back. I feel a better efficiency as a result.
Sooner or later it always happens that you touch the water surface with your wing. This is not a tragedy if the shape of the wing is designed so that the wing can be pulled up again quickly. During the development period I experimented with various shapes at the wingtips. It turned out that there are big differences in how a wing behaves in contact with the water surface. With the Tyron it is now very simple and also stress-free. Even if the wingtip dips really deep due to a handling error you can easily get the wing up again. The angle and also the shape of the front tube have an important function here.
Internal Tension Straps
Every winger likes a wing that is as effective as possible. This effectiveness is also determined in particular by its stiffness. The deflection from the front and top view is a decisive factor. To get a well balanced wing the center of the wing should be rather stiff, because that is also where most of the sail area is and the wingtips should be able to twist as well as possible. On the Tyron I sewed internal tension straps into the leading edge to accomplish this goal. The two middle segments have these tension straps exactly from the front so that even with a lot of pressure in the sail the wing can't twist too much backwards which would release too much tension from the main sail. Exactly from the bottom along the closing seam these tension straps are sewn in over the middle 4 segments so that the wing stays stiff in the middle and the wingtip can twist. These tension straps do this job at just the right position in the leading edge and are much lighter than making the entire leading edge out of heavy material.
The infill panel (gray area in the picture on the left) is the direct connection between the strut and the topsail. The smaller the infill panel the more direct and stable the profile of a wing. With the Tyron the shape of the strut creates an ideal situation, because the infill panel is really tiny here. Profile shifts are therefore very minimized. Especially if the wing is to function effectively for a longer period of use stretching in the cloth hardly has any effect with this construction. Especially when pumping the main sail wants to move away from the strut, because the pull over the arms puts a lot of energy into the wing. If the infill panel is small this energy can also be used much more effectively, because there is hardly any loss due to stretching. The profile remains stable. In the upper wind range this profile stability is also very helpful, because you do not have to constantly correct the position of the hands on the handles, or the boom.
Consistent lightweight construction should include all details and positions in the wing. This also applies to highly stressed areas such as the suspension points for the handles. However lightweight construction does not have to mean a loss of stability, or durability. It depends on the right construction and the right materials. I was able to use my experience from sailing and windsurfing in the Tyron. There very high tensile forces occur at certain points too, that need to be absorbed. So called finger patches are able to distribute the tensile forces over a wide area in the strut and do not stress the material. At the same time these finger patches are very light.
By using 2 large Air-Lock valves you can decide for yourself how much air pressure you want in the strut and how much you want in the leading edge. I always like to have the strut as stiff as possible so that the wing flies very directly. With the leading edge you can play with the air pressure a bit and find the best possible setting for yourself. For these Air-Lock valves you don't need an adapter. You can put the hose from the pump directly on the valve. When deflating the large opening on the valves allows you to deflate the wing quickly.
A wing that flutters is not an option for me at all. That's why I also used battens on the trailing edge of the Tyron. The construction of the batten pockets follows my approach of consistent lightweight construction. All battens can be replaced without tools in a few seconds, if there is ever a defect.
A light wing needs a light wing bag. That's why I chose the same bag for the Tyron as for our kites. With only 135 gr this bag is really light and is therefore particularly well suited for travel. It is simple, functional and yet robust. No needless details and only a focus on the essentials. A bag the way I have always wanted it. The two side leashes close the opening at the top of the bag by pulling and also serve as shoulder straps. Because the Tyron and the bag are so light no padding is needed here.
For me a leash belongs to every wing. That is why every Tyron is delivered with a high-quality leash. I prefer a leash for the wrist. It must be easy to put on and comfortable. To prevent the leash from untwisting and shortening if you always turn the wing in the same direction I have added a small swivel directly on the cuff. I also prefer a tubular webbing, because it is easier to grap than a leash.
The front handle on the wing is very stable and rather stiff to have a direct contact with the wing here as well.
"I wanted my wing to have a range of use as wide as possible, from smooth water in light winds to strong winds and waves. Another specification was that the 6m Tyron should feel like a 5m wing so that it fits my riding style."
"The carbon boom allows an even more direct connection to the wing. This is especially noticeable during fast maneuvers and pumping."
The three-piece Carbon Boom consists of a front piece, a middle piece and an end piece. Front and end piece have a very grippy EVA. To prevent the boom from twisting a kind of fork is glued into the front end of the front piece. This fork is inserted into the front receptacle on the strut and ensures that the boom always remains in the same position. One can thus exert a moment on the wing via the wrist and has a very direct contact with the wing. The complete carbon boom is not closed so that water or sand from the beach is rinsed out again all by itself. Thus the carbon boom always remains light and it requires no maintenance.
A lightweight carbon boom needs a lightweight boom bag. That's why I chose the same bag for the Carbon Boom as I did for the Pintxo Bar. This bag is really light. It is simple, functional and yet robust. No needless details and only the focus on the essentials. A bag the way I have always wanted it.
Why buy a Tyron wing?
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The Carbon Boom is optional and not included with a Tyron Wing.