Airwave Sport 4 - Best Wing Ever
Prior to owning the Airwave Sport 4 I had flown a Sport 2 (L) for over three years and loved it for it's speed and benign behavior in turbulent bumpy conditions. A few little asymmetrical deflations from time to time and one front deflation (accelerated) with immediate re-opening and almost no loss of altitude, is all I have experienced with it. I put it through an SIV clinic (to practice mostly asymmetric spirals - like wing-overs to the same side).
However, my wing load was a bit on the low side which made me decide for the Airwave Sport 4 in M size in 2008. This was a great decision as the Sport 4 M is a superior wing in its class (EN B). I haven't tested it to its limit, but have flown it in the Austrian Alps last summer and of course down here in Jamaica. It flies more stable than my Sport 2 L (possibly due to higher wing loading). As a matter of fact, I never had any deflations. In strong turbulent conditions when my stomach muscles tend to tighten a bit, I am so glad that I can trust this gear 100%.
The Airwave Sport 4 wing is really the best I have ever flown including other category 1-2 wings such as ProDesign Relax L, Swing Arcus L, Firebird Spider M and Sport 2 L. As with my Sport 2, I like how the wing 'talks' to me. It is unbelievable how it tends to drift right into the thermals. I though such a statement was just a marketing trick, but it is true. When flown sensibly and left alone, the Sport 4 always moves into the right directions towards a thermal.
Would buy the Airwave Sport 4 again anytime.
I am a P4 pilot and have been flying for almost ten years. I don't fly as much as I would like to, given that there is / was no flying community down here in sunny Kingston, Jamaica for many years - it's only just taking off now!