An EN B wing appeals to a very wide paraglider pilot audience, right from straight-out-of-schoolers onto para-alpinists and XC pilots. The characteristics of the wing must reflect this fact, meaning the development stage is generally much longer than for more specialised wings like the ones in the EN D class. The Makalu³ is no exception to this rule, but now we're ready to let it spread its wings and conquer the World...
The Makalu 4 follows the trend towards total ease of use in all aspects. It is incredibly simple to launch, fly and land, it carries absolutely no hidden quirks that will surprise you when you least expect it, and it is even light on your back! Our aim was to produce a wing that would suit all those very many pilots who fly paragliders because they are the easiest, most portable aircraft invented by Man - only many wings aren't really, and that puts some people off! So we built a wing with focus on exactly the reasons why people gravitate to paragliding in the first place: Simplicity, safety, fun, portability and the performance YOU need to reach your flying goals.
If you're relatively new to the whole free-flying thing, this wing will let you explore the boundaries without giving you a fright along the way - and if another wing already frightened you, this is JUST WHAT YOU NEED to get back in the saddle!
At UP we believe that flying should be FUN - it may be many other things too, but if it isn't FUN then why even bother? If you are passionate about having FUN then the UP Makalu 4 is right down your alley!
Just like the UP Makalu 3 predecessor, the Makalu 4 could really be used right from the word "go", i.e. right from the day you begin your training to become a paraglider pilot* but it is equally well-suited for long forays around your home site and far beyond. It strikes just the right balance between passive safety and in-flight dynamics to keep you entertained for years, and then we haven't even begun speaking of the performance...
The UP philosophy of having FUN doesn't mean that we're not focussed on performance - rather the opposite in fact. We believe that part of the fun is attaining your goals, even overflying them, and our wings are designed accordingly. Generally speaking, any UP wing will offer MORE performance than one normally sees in that particular class, and the new Makalu 4 is no exception; this is a wing for going far, and for doing it with surprising confidence all along. Much of the performance gain stems from the greatly reduced line consumption compared to the "3"; this wing uses almost 1/3 less line in each size! The rest is confidential ;-)
*) Check logal regulations - in some countries only EN A wings are allowed for school use.
In the box: Ergonomic Backpack size M, glider bag, compression strap, UP gift, UP sticker.
SIZE XS S S/M M L Surface area flat (m2) 21,6 23,9 26,0 28,2 30,5 Surface area projected (m2) 18,2 20,1 21,9 23,8 25,7 Flat span (m) 10,7 11,2 11,7 12,2 12,7 Projected span (m) 8,4 8,8 9,2 9,6 9,9 Flat aspect ratio 5,3 Projected aspect ratio 3,8 Chambers/cells 46 Total line length incl. Brake (m) 245 256 261 275 286 Total # of lines incl. Brake 138 Glider weight (kg) 4,4 4,7 4,85 5,1 5,4 Category LTF/EN B B B B B Takeoff weight (kg) 55-75 65-85 75-95 85-110 100-130
Location Material Top surface front Porcher Skytex 38 Universal Top surface thin stripe Porcher Skytex 38 Universal Top surface broad stripe Porcher Skytex 38 Universal Top surface rear Porcher Skytex 38 Universal Bottom surface Dominico DOKDO 30 DMF (WR) Cell walls Porcher Skytex 40 Hard / Dominico DOKDO 30 DMF (WR) Gallery lines Edelrid 6480D-130/090 (Dyneema sheathed) Main lines Edelrid 7950-200/150 (Dyneema sheathed) Brake lines Cousin 989-2,1/1,3 (Dyneema sheathed)
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