A milestone

After 2 years of developing, innumerable prototypes and based on the architecture of the GRAVIS, the BUTEO XC will be a game changer within the paragliding industry. We have been able to incorporate MID EN-B safety with astonishing HIGH level EN-C performance. We truly believe, this glider is going to influence the paragliding world sustainably. Entirely made out of light materials, this glider weighs 222gram/m² only. The BUTEO XC has 82 supporting ribs, with additional 80 mini ribs along the leading edge. This results into 162 effectively working LE ribs, which is normally a design feature on EN-D gliders.

MID EN-B safety with astonishing HIGH level EN-C performance

We developed a product compass so you can easily see which of our gliders suits you best:

See full compass

Who is it for

The BUTEO XC is made for all pilots targeting for long distance flying, without compromising safety aspects. Pushing the limits in XC flying is only possible, if glider and pilot becomes a unit. The BUTEO XC allows to safely enter the world of ultra high performance gliders for enthusiastic EN-B pilots. Also, this glider will push the limits of experienced EN-C pilots further as the accelerated gliding and stable canopy will allow to fly closer on the limit as on any other EN-C glider.


Vera Kaiser

Contact Vera now:

The characteristics

The BUTEO XC is designed to be the ultimate XC machine. That means we have been tweaking all aspects of performance regardless of flat land or alpine flying.
The glider has a moderate trim speed, allowing you to turn flat in light thermals, while being agile enough to also turn tight in strong, tough conditions. The 162 LE-ribs creating an incredible smooth top-sail surface, which enables ultimate gliding performance even in moving air. The entire concept is trimmed to perform the best once you hit the speed bar. XC flying is all about travelling from A to B as fast as possible with the best glide ratio available. Here, the BUTEO XC will showcase his full potential. By using the best and latest materials, the glider is also relatively light, taking its design complexity into consideration.  

Sizes XS 3,350.00 EUR
Sizes S 3,350.00 EUR
Sizes M 3,350.00 EUR
Sizes L 3,350.00 EUR

Delivery time 6 - 8 weeks

The look

Like all Icaro gliders, the design of the BUTEO XC shows a unique detail of the Icaro Edelweiss flower – selected to fit every glider´s special characteristics and your desire to make a lasting impression in the sky.

You can choose your style from those two color options:

„The BUTEO XC sets the benchmark for safe and performing cross country wings. The glider feels intuitive and safe from the very first second. Optimized for accelerated flying, this wing will allow you to push your personal limits further.“

Ralf Grösel

R&D Team

Technical Details

  • Canopy material
    Canopy material
  • V-tape type
    V-tape type
  • Line geometry
    Line geometry
  • Profile type
    Profile type
  • Cells
  • Mini Ribs
    Mini Ribs
  • C-Steering
Buteo XS Buteo S Buteo M Buteo L
Classification EN B B B B
Size (m2) 21,25 23,5 25,75 28
Flat wingspan (m) 11,1 11,27 12,2 12,74
Projected area (m2) 18 20 21,9 23,8
Projected span (m) 8,7 9,2 9,63 10
Flat aspect ratio 5,8 5,8 5,8 5,8
Projected aspect ratio 4,2 4,2 4,2 4,2
Carabiner distance < 80 Kg: 38–42 cm < 80 Kg: 38–42 cm 80–100 Kg: 42–46 cm > 100 Kg: 46–50 cm
Weight (Kg) 4,8 5,1 5,4 5,9
Profile type Shark nose Shark nose Shark nose Shark nose
Materials Skytex 32/32 Skytex 32/32 Skytex 32/32 Skytex 32/32
Number of cells 82 + 80 82 + 80 82 + 80 82 + 80
V-tape type 4-Cell-Bridge 4-Cell-Bridge 4-Cell-Bridge 4-Cell-Bridge
Mini ribs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Line geometry 3 + 1 3 + 1 3 + 1 3 + 1
Speed system Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speed way (mm) 120 125 130 140
Trimmer No No No No
V trim 39 39 39 39
V max 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+
Seats 1 1 1 1
Inspected by DHV e. V. Miesbacher Straße 2 / 83703 Gmund / Germany
Test reference number EAPR-GS-0830/18 DHV GS-01-2339-18 DHV GS-01-2338-18 DHV GS-01-2337-18
Test regulations EN 926-2:2014 NFL II-91/09 NFL 2-60-14
Scope of delivery glider, packingbelt, innerbag, riserbag, repair kit, backpack