Rise 4 – #thermalmonkey

We were driving back from Austria. Supposed to go back to work… but we had the new Rise 4 in our trunk! We passed by Annecy, nobody in the air but who cares? The Rise 4 was there, waiting for us. Gosh that was too tempting! We stopped the van and hiked up to the take-off. It wasn’t London’s calling, but the call of the Rise 4 instead! We were laughing like kids. Unexpected flight in sight. The excitement to have a new toy, right there.

Rise 4 – the wow effect!

It felt so good to have a lightweight backpack while we were walking to our improvised take-off. Christmas time was in the air as we opened up our present: a beautiful new Rise 4 made with love and passion to offer fun and durability. We felt young and beautiful, like in the song! The launch was a formality. Once in the air, the game was on. Whereas we were expecting a long and nice glide, the vario started to friendly sing and opened up our perspectives. We began to play in the light thermals. We were having so much fun and it all felt so natural. The Rise 4 was moving nicely and appeared to be totally reliable above Lake Annecy. The carve was light, smooth and progressive. Pushing the bar put a grin on our faces. What a flight! We had the Rise 4 so we went, and the day just proved us right. AirDesign Rise 4: Break your own rules.

  • Beginner 25% 25%
  • Advanced pilots 100% 100%
  • Expert 75% 75%
  • Competitions 60% 60%
  • Hike&Fly 80% 80%
  • XC 100% 100%

How to describe the Rise 4 …

… in one word?

… in one image?
Gliding home at the end of an epic XC flight an April day in the Alps

… in one dream?
Some bivouac-flying with tons of top landings, the Rise 4 is made for it!

Designer’s words…

“For every AD wing, we use a claim and a hashtag. For the Rise 4, we chose The Wow Effect and the #thermalmonkey. We really had this moment on the first flight. We were just amazed by the simplicity of the wing. Everything is just simple. And at same time it’s a performance monster. The glider is simply perfect!”

Stephan Stiegler


Did you know...?

The RISE first of its name arrived on the market in 2012, the M size weighed 5.8 kg. Thanks to its design and chosen materials, the Rise 4 weighs 4.5 kg. An even lighter version with an optimized construction is planned for spring 2020.

Construction & Features

The increase of performance was mainly achieved by a modified profile and refined inner structures.

We added some cells for more profile consistency and chose material optimized to get a light canopy resulting in a low glider weight. Still, passive safety is striking higher than you would expect in this class.

The trailing edge looks optically cleaned by adding a brake-raff system.

The new designed riser has got a B-C control which is effectively working throughout the whole speed range.

We also added to the accelerator RONSTAN ball-bearing pulleys for a soft feeling at the speed bar.

Technical Specifications & Colours

The Rise 4 is a high-end EN-B wing. Nevertheless, we were able to make the flying characteristics well balanced and forgiving. With the Rise 4 you get a really comfortable wing in this kind of class.
Did you know...?

As already known from our other gliders the Rise 4 has got the WINGLET design and the VORTEX hole technology – for improving further performance. Vortex holes also allow automatic dust clean-up of the glider.

Area | Flat (m2)18,7721,3423,8325,9128,08
Area | Projected (m2)15,9718,1620,2722,0423,89
Span | Flat (m)10,5411,2411,8812,3912,89
Span | Projected (m)8,479,039,549,9510,35
Aspect ratio | Flat5,925,925,925,925,92
Aspect ration | Projected4,494,494,494,494,49
Weight (kg)3,593,904,254,524,75
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h)38/5538/5538/5538/5538/55
Start weight (kg)50-65-72*60-7872-9285-105100-125

* 50-65kg is the standard payload, 65-72kg is an increased payload (both areas EN-B)

• Top surface: DOKDO-20DMF(WR) 35 gr
• Bottom surface: Porcher Skytex 27 classic II
• Ribs: Dominico DOKDO-204432FM

• Top lines: Edelrid 8000/U-070, 090
• Middle lines: Edelrid 8000/U-130, 190
• Main lines: Edelrid 8000/U-190, 230, 280

Riser: 13mm Aramid
Maillons: 4.3mm JOO-TECH/Korea

Vortex Holes
Razor Edge
Swivel brake links
Maillon clips
Unsheathed Lines
13mm Aramid Risers
BS pulley Connector
B/C control

Special Colours desired?

Of Course, you can also customize this glider with the help of our configurator and order it in special colors!

your Rise 4 – #thermalmonkey package


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