AirDesign RISE2 SuperLight

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RISE 2 Superlight – The all-rounder. Ideal for XC flights and to discover new flying areas.

Hike & fly started with the beginning of our sport when paragliders were used as a way of descending after climbing a mountain. Recent glider developments and new light materials have revived this trend.

All kinds of motives have led to a vast range of gliders suitable for various activities and pilots: The extreme athlete who wants to hike up a mountain quickly but doesn’t want to walk back down again; the hobby pilot who wants to keep fit; the ‘soul-flyer’ who prefers to enjoy nature alone; or the XC pilot who plans bivouac trips covering long distances.

With AirDesign Superlight gliders, the same flying behaviour as our standard wings, along with a reduction in weight and small packing volume are matters of the utmost importance.

If you want to go on long trekking tours, you need additional space for equipment.

When travelling, for example by train or plane, low weight and small packing volume are a great advantage.

If a pilot doesn’t want to carry much weight in general, Superlight equipment is also the right choice.

  • All Superlight gliders are delivered with the AirPack Light, so the wing can be packed as small as possible. The packing volume of a Superlight glider is at least 30% smaller than of a standard glider.
  • AirDesign Superlight wings come with unsheathed lines as standard. As an option, they can be ordered with sheathed lines.
  • The reduction in glider weight is about 20-30% (depending on glider type). If you also use a light-weight backpack, harness, and rescue system, your total equipment has half the weight of standard equipment!

Pilot Profile

AirDesign’s philosophy is to design wings for the target pilot in the class.
RISE 2 is ideal for pilots who have experience with an intermediate glider and are looking for a wing with more performance and agility, whilst demanding a high level of passive safety.
RISE 2 is aimed at pilots who want to fly long cross-country flights on a wing with good performance, whilst also with the security and passive safety to deal with those unexpected moments when conditions change during a flight.
It is also an ideal glider for those pilots stepping back from higher rated wings who want performance with greater passive safety. RISE 2 is not recommended for beginner or novice pilots.

Design Aims

RISE 2 is a new generation wing! The aerofoil design and detailing, internal structure and line layout are completely new and developed from the designs of our performance gliders VOLT and PURE.

RISE2 is a performance EN B glider aimed at cross country pilots and designed with the optimum characteristics of an XC wing in mind. Performance, safety and comfort in flight in all conditions were the major design considerations. The ‘trademark’ AirDesign comfort in flight gives pilots a real confidence boost which helps them achieve their goals.


As there are only very few really small B-class gliders available, we decided to certify RISE 2 XXS with only 16.28 m² projected. Some companies call their gliders XXS, but if you check their actual sizes you will see that they are not really suitable for very small and light pilots.
For this purpose, we have especially trained a very light pilot to fly the wing with the accurate loading in practical flying conditions. So this glider is a real XXS glider made for light pilots and tested by a light test-pilot .

The standard weight-range for size XXS gliders is 50-65 kg. 
The RISE 2 XXS, however, has a special certification with a higher wing-load up to 75 kg. When flying within the extended weight-range, the speed increases but safety remains within the EN-B category.


We don’t usually talk much about the performance of our gliders because it’s a very subjective thing. Different pilots can have very different opinions of the same wing. However, even we were excited by the gains in the RISE 2!
We focused our attention on the useable glide and have produced a wing with superlative glide into headwind.
The combination of a new aerofoil, the reduction in line consumption, and the design features; shark nose, razor edge, 3D cutting, mini-ribs and polyamide rods have together produced a performance gain of 0.8 glide ratio over the complete speed range!


RISE 2 is characterised by very precise handling, the glider is agile and easy to turn. While thermalling, it is easy to change the angle of bank and to tighten or flatten the turn. The innate reaction of RISE 2 to locate in the strongest part of the climb makes coring thermals effortless and efficient and while on glide the wing transfers a perfect balance and stability helping the pilot to locate the next climb.
Brake pressure is lighter and requires less physical input than for the original RISE increasing the feeling of relaxation and enjoyment during long flights. However, the balanced feel and increase in pressure while progressively braking harder helps to avoid an unintentional stall.


We have achieved an improved passive safety with RISE2. The wing is even more stable and cuts through turbulence with little reaction, helping the pilot enjoy stress-free flying even in lively conditions.

To ensure we have achieved the best recovery results during development we tested the glider in extreme flight conditions to a degree well beyond those required by the EN norm. We want you to feel truly confident in the wing so we pushed the boundaries of flight and recovery with extreme deformations, collapses and stalls.

The agile handling helps the pilot control the wing with a more precise feeling.

Design Details

  • 3-Line-System: a 3-line concept with the inner C lines split to form short D lines. This new line layout reduces line consumption by 14% with a corresponding reduction in drag.
  • Shark Nose optimally transfers brake input and maintains pressure in the wing.
  • Polyamide rods in the leading edge keep the profile in perfect shape and improve stability and launch characteristics.
  • 3D Cut: a technical sail cutting method is used for all panels across the leading edge area. This produces an improved air flow and increased performance.
  • Mini-ribs in the trailing edge improve surface finish and reduce drag.
  • Razor Edge: A specially designed trailing edge which optimises the profile and reduces drag.
  • The 2-in-1 progressive brake line layout improves climb characteristics. The centre brake fan is attached slightly in from the trailing edge to improve climb. At the tips, the brakes are gathering the trailing edge and assist precise turning whatever the conditions.
  • Risers: 12mm wide performance risers.
    C-Balls Control balls on the C riser allow fine control of the wing while gliding and improved handling in turbulence. Watch the VIDEO
  • Easy-going accelerator for performance at any speed.
  • Brake-shifting: Brake line design gives the pilot the option to vary the turn and adapt to different flying conditions. This is achieved by shifting the brake (hand) either to the inside or outside which results in a steeper or flatter turning. Watch the VIDEO
  • Top-quality manufacturing.

Designer´s Notes

Why does the RISE 2 have a shark-nose and what is optimised?

Stephan Stiegler:The shark nose improves handling and the stall behaviour of the wing by maintaining pressure and therefore stability during accelerated flight.
How was it possible to reduce weight?

Stephan Stiegler:The inner structure is designed to correspond to the optimised line layout. This reduces the weight of the internal ribs and straps. Risers are optimised for performance and weight savings.
What is new in the brake-line concept?

Stephan Stiegler:The new and more efficient brake gathering system is effective and extremely durable since there are no points of friction.

How does the wing feel when accelerated?

Stephan Stiegler: We reduced the pressure in the system and trimmed the accelerator travel for performance in combination with stability. This makes it easy and relaxing to use and confidence inspiring in how the wing behaves at speed.



RISE 2 SuperLight edition is available in the “LITE” colours as standard.

The SuperLight edition can be customised with a different colour leading edge and design stripes.
The main top and bottom surface is offered in white.


Technical Details

AREA FLAT (m²) 19,23 21,27 24,02 26,47 28,66 31,25
AREA PROJECTED (m²) 16,28 18,01 20,34 22,41 24,26 26,45
SPAN FLAT (m) 10,42 10,96 11,65 12,23 12,72 13,29
SPAN PROJECTED (m) 8,15 8,57 9,11 9,56 9,95 10,39
ASPECT RATIO FLAT 5,7 5,7 5,7 5,7 5,7 5,7
ASPECT RATIO PROJ. 4,1 4,1 4,1 4,1 4,1 4,1
CELLS 49 49 49 49 49 49
TOTAL LINE LENGTH 224 238 252 265 276 288
TOTAL LINES 194 194 194 194 194 194
WEIGHT – SUPERLIGHT (kg) 3,2 3,5 3,9 4,3 4,6 X*
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) 37/53 37/53 37/53 37/53 37/53 37/53
TAKE OFF WEIGHT (kg) 50-65-75* 60-75 70-90 85-105 100-125 120-145
B* – only XL in standard materials has EN-B
X* – not available
50-65-75* – 50-65 kg is the standard loading, higher take-off weight up to 75kg



Sail:Top sail design: Dominico 30DTop sail:  Porcher Skytex 27  classic IIBottom sail: Porcher Skytex 27  classic IIRibs: Porcher Skytex 27 RippmaterialRisers:   Cousin 12mm Technora Lines:Top lines:Edelrid 8000/U-090Middle lines:Edelrid 8000/U-130Main lines: EDELRID 8000/U-230Mailons:  JOO TECH


Registry of product


LTF/EN Testreport Owners Manual Brochure
Inspection Report Line Plan RISE SL Logo
Pictures Line Lengths Inspection / Service Instruction

What comes in the Box?

AirDesign AirPack light,
riser bag,
AirDesign glider bag (volume approx. 115 lites),
speed bar,
Folder including manual (USB-stick), repair kit and AirDesign stickers
surprise present

Pilot Impressions

XC MAGAZINE Testreport about RISE 2 SL


The german magazine THERMIK made a Testreport


Robert Haider reports:

View the article here


Mike Kremer reports:

“Preparing for take-off is super simple! The lines are easy to differentiate and lay out, also thanks to their different colours.

The canopy is very stabile. The sail shape looks nice, I have noticed – watching others fly this glider – that it levels off beautifully towards the back.

Even though conditions were sometimes quite rough, it was easy for me to concentrate on the other pilots and what’s around me. It is important to have time to look down and to check where the thermals are.

What I really loved was that in a thermal, I could turn the glider the way I wanted it to, not the way the glider wanted to! Flat, steep, tight, it didn’t matter, I could do whatever I considered necessary.

The RISE 2 reacts great on brake-shift with tight and especially very flat turns.

The speed system is extremely easy-going and doesn’t need much pressure. Hardly any height loss and great glide when pushing the accelerator and in accelerated flight.

When thermalling in accelerated flight, the glider feels extremely safe and the performance is convincing!

The RISE 2 has a vast and very good speed range. The glider reacts well and effective on the use of the C-Balls.

The RISE 2 glides bloody well!

Landing is extremely smooth. The glider flares superbly.”