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 😉
Technical data about this wing
|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|
|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|
|Takeoff weight (kg)||55-75||65-85||75-95||85-110||100-130|