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UP Misti

UP Misti

The UP Misti continues the trend of making progression in aerobatics safer. UP focused on maximizing energy so you can choose the fun factor based on wing loading! Sizes from 14 to 33. The backfly is very easy, clean and controllable. A wing loading of 4,25 kg/sqm is ideal for starting Rythmic SAT training. For a successful a Superstall to Infinity tumbling, you’ll need a smaller size!!

The construction of the Misti follows the highest standards: reinforced leading-edge taped up between cells, tension straps on all cascades, specially angled attachment points, and the strongest line material available.

Check out Ondrej Prochazka’s instagram page to see what the Misti’s capable of in the right hands. Further details are available here, or on the UP website.

rimo

UP Rimo (mid En-A)

UP have just released their new mid En-A glider, the Rimo. Complementing the Dina (High En-A), the Rimo will take the greatest possible care of you. Perfectly suited for pilots wanting the safest possible wing, whilst retaining good handling and performance.

Demo wings currently available in the small/medium and medium sizes.

dena

UP Dena (sophiticated, super high En-A…)

The Dena is UP’s new EN-A + paraglider. It is an A-glider with, fine handling and outstanding performance in its class. Thanks to the use of technological achievements from the development of higher class paragliders, a masterpiece has been crafted.

The Dena is not a replacement for the Ascent 4… sitting above the Ascent 4, it will inspire pilots looking for their first wing or the absolute best possible performance whilst maintaing an En-A rating.

UP Summit XC4 is ready…

Here’s what UP have to say…

Introducing the new Summit XC4 – great performance in a package YOU can handle!

We’ve heard it time and again; “it isn’t about the glider, it is the pilot hanging underneath that makes the difference” – and while there is certainly some truth in that statement, we also all know that it is a simplistic analysis at best, and sometimes just plain wrong.

At UP we believe that your precious flying time should be milked to the last drop, so that when you return to work on Monday morning, after a weekend pursuing lofty Airborne Adventures, you can look back on your flights with the satisfaction of knowing that IF a flight was ever cut short before you had expected it to, then it was down to your own judgement and not because the glider let you down. The latest Summit incarnation, the new XC4, will not let you down!

One of the ways we have accomplished this is by designing the new wing around a completely new C-control riser set, where the C-risers are linked to the B-risers so that you may rear-riser control the canopy. With practise this, in combination with the suprememly collapse-resistant New Generation Aerofoil, makes it possible to coach the glider through active air much more efficiently than when you need to come off the speed bar every time you meet a little bump. The new wing may be preordered already. We plan to begin shipping the S/M and M sizes in late December/early January, with L and S sizes close behind.

 

Skyman… in New Zealand

Paraventures are proud to announce they’re now the distributors for Skyman. Many pilots will know of the Ultra Cross reserve, weighing in at 975g! …but maybe not so many know they have gliders and harnesses to match! We’re proud to distribute Skyman and feel it will complement the supply of our other favourites, UP, very nicely. It’s looking like an exciting summer… Hike and fly anyone???

UP Trango XC3

The new benchmark in the EN C class

Building the replacement for a very popular wing is, in some respects, a thankless endeavour. On the one hand you can be fairly certain that it will be a success, on the other hand there’s a good chance that finding things to actually improve is going to be really hard. This was very much the case during the development process of the Trango XC3.

The outcome couldn’t have been better. Already its performance is being compared with popular EN D class gliders!

And it’s light too… 4.7kg for the SM size!

Time for an upgrade???

UP Trango XC3

UP Trango XC3

NZ Female Champion – Melanie Heather, UP Kantega XC2!!!

Everyone knows that Reuben has flown like a legend this season, but there’s another hero (or heroine) out there!

Having finished as the second placed woman in Nelson, and top NZ woman, she was in prime position for the title. In an attempt to avoid the spotlight, she wasn’t going to go to Rotorua. Fortunately she caved in to the peer pressure and took away quite an array of titles!

  • NZ Female Champion
  • Leo Geary Memorial Trophy (an award for the most up and coming new pilot)
  • 1st Place Female in the Rotorua round of the PG Open
  • 3rd Place in the Fun Class (combined scores from both rounds)

Well done Mel. You’ve done yourself proud. And of course shown what your Kantega XC2 is capable of 🙂

Melanie Heather with her collection of trophies!

Melanie Heather with her collection of trophies!

Summit XC3

Here’s some words from UP… I can’t wait to find out more!

“When we first introduced the Trango XC2, after having certified it to EN C standards, we frankly thought the life of the Summit series wings was over. Boy were we wrong! Although the Trango XC2 is a very accessible wing it has turned out to be very much too much of a thoroughbred for the majority of intermediate XC pilots; precisely the pilot profile that the Summit always catered to. For this reason, and with a certain pride and bravado, here cometh that all-new XC pilot’s dream machine: The Summit XC3!”