With the new UP Kibo (EN B), UP puts a whole new product branch on the UP family tree
The ideal mid-range EN B glider, and a perfect all-rounder at heart, the UP Kibo is built to progress on ‚Äď it is the perfect mix between a very safe and forgiving beginner's wing and a performance-and-XC paraglider, meaning it will teach its pilot exactly how performance gliders fly, but it will look after them while doing so. It sits comfortably between the new Makalu 4 and the Summit XC3 in the UP model range.
The UP Kibo is the true all-rounder, a cross-country wing for almost everyone. The handling is optimised 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 ‚Äď think of it as the ideal mix between a Makalu 4 and a Summit XC3. This makes it a great tool to learn and progress on, for pilots wishing a more relaxed flying experience than the Summit XC3 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 XC3, 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 XC3 and the Trango XC3, but optimised for this category of wing. 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.
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In the box: Ergonomic Backpack in size M for all but the largest glider model, which comes with the L back pack as standard, glider bag, compression strap, UP gift, UP sticker.
|Surface area flat||22,9||24,9||27,0||29,0|
|Surface area projected||19,2||20,9||22,7||24,3|
|Projected aspect ratio||4,1|
|Number of chambers||49|
|Total line length incl. brake||256||268||278||289|
|Total # of lines incl. brake||138|
|Certification category||Pending||LTF/EN B||LTF/EN B||LTF/EN B|
|Total takeoff weight||65-85||75-95||85-110||100-130|
|¬†Top surface front||¬†Porcher Skytex 38 Universal|
|¬†Narrow stripe top||¬†Porcher Skytex 38 Universal|
|¬†Broad stripe top||¬†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||¬†Liros DC120 (Dyneema unsheathed), Edelrid 8000U-130/090/070 (Aramid unsheathed)|
|¬†Middle lines||¬†Edelrid 8000U-130 (Aramid unsheathed)|
|¬†Main lines||¬†Edelrid 7950-200/150 (Dyneema sheathed)|
|Brake lines||Cousin 989-2,1 (Dyneema sheathed), Edelrid 8000U-130 (Aramid unsheathed)|