Gradient Golden 4 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Gradient Golden 4.

Gradient Golden 4 Paraglider
Great in-flight shot of a Golden 4 paraglider, giving a good look at the lines.

Year of Manufacture 2013
Certification EN B
Size 26

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Note: These international prices for the Gradient Golden 4 paraglider are only a guide. They are Jun 2013 currency conversions from the 2013 price in Euros.
Euros 3340 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4400 USD
British Pounds 2800 GBP
Australian Dollars 4800 AUD
South African Rand 44500 ZAR
Indian Rupees 260000 INR
South Korean Won 5070000 KRW

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 85-100 kg (188-221 lbs)
wing weight 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.7 m² (287 ft²)
wing area (projected) 22.9 m² (246 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.9 m (39.0 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.8 m (32.0 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.3
aspect ratio (projected) 4.2
min sink ?? m/s (?? fpm, ?? kph, ?? knts)
est. best glide ???:1
speed min ?? kph (?? mph, ?? knts)
speed trim 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max ?? kph (?? mph, ?? knts)

Some EN Test Results

take-off - rising behaviour smooth, easy and constant rising
take-off - special technique? no
landing - special technique? no
speed range > 10 kph using controls yes
roll stability and damping - oscillations reducing
gentle spirals - return to straight flight spontaneous exit
steep banks - sink rate after 2 turns more than 14 m/s
symmetric front collapse - entry rocking back less than 45 degrees
symmetric front collapse - recovery Spontaneous in 3 to 5 sec
full stall - dive forward angle 30 to 60°
full stall - collapse? no
full stall - rocking back less than 45°
asymmetric collapse 50% - attitude max dive or roll 0 to 15°
asymmetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric collapse 50% - total course change less than 360°
asymmetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 15 to 45°
asymmetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric collapse 75% - total course change less than 360°
maintained collapse - able to maintain course yes
maintained collapse - 180° turn away yes, under 10 seconds
tends to spin at low speed? no
after release from developed spin stops spinning in less than 90°
B-line stall, before release - course change less than 45°
B-line stall, before release - behavior stable with straight span
B-line stall, after release - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec
B-line stall, after release - dive angle 0 to 30°
big ears - entry procedure dedicated controls
big ears - behavior stable flight
big ears - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec.
big ears - dive forward on exit 0 to 30°
steep spiral - exit behavior spontaneous exit
steep spiral - recovery less than 720°, spontaneous recovery

All the above were recorded when this Gradient paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Gradient Golden 4. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.

name upper lower
Diva Blue


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