The UP Kibo is the true all-rounder, a cross-country wing for almost everyone. The handling is optimized for maximum performance in lift, and for transmitting information about the air to the pilot. It is thus a more communicative wing than, say, the new UP Makalu 4 – think of it as the ideal mix between a Makalu 4 and a Summit XC4. This makes it a great tool to learn and progress on, for pilots wishing a more relaxed flying experience than the Summit XC4 will offer, or for those eager to some day fly high-performance wings.
As with all UP wings, the new UP Kibo is designed to perform. Here at UP we think of our new baby as the perfect mile-muncher, going through XC kilometers like Smarties and being very relaxed about it all the way. The way it flies is reminiscent of the UP Summit XC4, just easier, so the novice XC pilot may clock up those important hours and km safe in the knowledge that the wing will be looking after them.
The UP Kibo uses a similar New Generation Aerofoil to the one used on the Summit XC and Trango XC Series’ wings, but optimized for its own category. This means a moderate shark-nose shape, perfect for biting through turbulence and staying open when the going gets rough. Just like its performance siblings it converts bumps to altitude well, meaning it will help the budding XC pilot get the most out of every outing both in terms of flying pleasure and experience accrual.