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The performance all-rounder (EN/LTF B)

MENTOR 4 light – Nature is yours

No mountain is too high, no valley too wide: ultralight, high performing and innovative, the MENTOR 4 light (from 3.25 kg) embodies our passion for light-weight wings. The paraglider is full of sophisticated features which reduce weight and set new finishing standards.

Impressively light. For a fully-fledged cross-country wing, at 3.25kg (XXS) the MENTOR 4 light is extraordinarily light. In comparison to its predecessor, the MENTOR 3 light, the wing weighs between 250g – 400g less (depending on size). In comparison to the MENTOR 4 it is approximately 1.5kg lighter.

One for all. The MENTOR 4 light is ideal for a number of uses: vol bivouac, hike & fly and travellers looking for a fully-fledged wing with little weight. The MENTOR 4 light is an expert in versatility.

Genuine performance. Performance without tricks: the MENTOR 4 light is based on the MENTOR 4, our successful XC wing. In cooperation with NOVA Team pilots including Bernhard Peßl and Chris Bessei, we have optimised the MENTOR concept and have added innovative finishing details like the single seam on the top sail.

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Requirements

The MENTOR 4 light is a paraglider with impressive performance which has a very manageable handling and extreme flight behaviour. Flying the MENTOR 4 light does require a level of skill. Although certified as EN B, the MENTOR 4 light is not suitable for beginners and occasional pilots.

For queries about the suitability of the wing for you, your NOVA dealer will be happy to assist!

Attributes

Everything you need to know about the MENTOR 4 LIGHT:

  • The top sail is stitched using an innovative single seam. Advantages: less seam allowance, less weight.
  • The perforated profile and diagonal ribs have been analysed and optimised for strength. The consequence is less weight with equal durability.
  • Less weight, equal performance: the flying characteristics and performance are practically identical to the MENTOR 4.
  • Our innovative light-weight design (mainly made of high grade 27 gram fabric) makes the glider even easier to launch – a big advantage in difficult terrain, as you might encounter in alpine environments.
  • For the MENTOR 4 LIGHT same guarantees and services apply as for all wings of NOVA. For more information see warranty and service.

Experience

Speedbrake Riser

The NOVA Speedbrake Riser is the first three-liner riser which permits the glider to be accelerated as well as decelerated. It brings an end to pulling the C-lines, which killed performance.

For an additional 60 euro (plus local rate VAT), we can offer the MENTOR 4 light fitted with the Speedbrake Riser. This offer is only valid for new wing purchases which are not yet delivered to the customer.

Find out more about the innovative Speedbrake Riser ↗

L size

There's no MENTOR 4 LIGHT in L available. Please visit the MENTOR 4 page to find the L size.

Size L has a weight range of 100 to 130 kilograms. 

Features

Handle with care

The MENTOR 4 light is made from lightweight materials which should be handled with care. Whilst the longevity of our gliders is of great importance to us and we use double-coated cloth, it is less durable than a wing made from conventional material.

The MENTOR 4 light is covered by the comprehensive guarantees and warranties we provide for all the gliders we produce!

Colours

White
Red

Customise your wing

This 3D model will assist you to see the approximate appearance of a custom colour. But please be aware: the actual colours may vary from the 3D model. For any queries, please contact your NOVA Partner or email us directly at vasb@abin.rh.

Red edition

Technology

Technical data

Materials

Service

Best Flights

Scope of delivery

Wallpaper

Download your MENTOR 4 LIGHT wallpaper! Please choose your screen format, click onto the link and save the picture on your computer.

FAQ

The brakes are components relevant to certification - modification can affect the flying characteristics and extreme flight behaviour. Because of this, we strongly advise against any modification of the brake system. It is important that the brake has sufficient travel before it engages. This is also important so that the wing does not brake automatically when the speed bar is used. Furthermore a brake that engages too early affects performance and influences the recovery during incidents, for example during a collapse or when the canopy goes parachutal.

Performance data depends heavily on the drag created by the pilot and this is linked to their seating position and harness type. An aerodynamic harness or seating position can make the difference of one glide ratio point. We at NOVA never determine absolute performance data, instead we make comparisons with reference gliders. For this reason we do not publish performance data.

How a pilot holds the brakes is a matter of personal preference - but it does have a marked influence on the handling and flying characteristics of the wing. We recommend a half-wrap. You hold the brake handle in your palm and twist it half way around your hand so that the brake line lies between your thumb and forefinger. This shortens the brake travel by approximately 20 centimetres and this has a positive effect on feedback - firstly you directly feel the travel of the brake line and secondly, with the arms positioned higher, it is easier to feel the wing. Due to poor ergonomics, we recommend against not taking this wrap. The exception is of course when gliding or during other phases of the flight when steering with the brake is not necessary. Please note: when changing from not having a wrap to taking the wrap, the shortened brake travel must be taken into consideration.

Simplicity is our motto. Our wings can be packed using a concertina bag, but it is not essential. In principle, all our wings can just be stuffed in a packsack. When the wing is folded it is recommended not to bend the rods unnecessarily. This is particularly true if the wing is to be stored for longer periods. Furthermore, we recommend careful handling of your wing.

Sail cloth, lines and all other components are subjected to rigorous testing before they are used in serial production. We not only test the sail cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production.

During the initial flights the lines are first subjected to load. This load induces a small degree of stretching and shrinking. These are not associated with the line manufacturers or the quality of workmanship - in the factory all NOVA paragliders are trimmed and pre-stretched to within a very low tolerance. To adjust this stretching or shrinking, we recommend that the wing is taken for NTT (Nova Trim Tuning) after ten to twenty flights - after one year at the very latest. Generally, the line lengths remain constant after the first ten to twenty hours. To use make full use of the NTT, Nova encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.

Dry, not packed too tightly and if possible in a space without wide temperature variations - these are the conditions that make our paragliders feel well. You should never store a wing when it is moist. You should also avoid excessive heat, like you would have, for example, in the car. Never remove dirt using chemical detergents and/or brushes.

The best person to contact is your authorised NOVA dealer. If there are no paragliding schools in your country, contact the NOVA importer. A list of our dealers and distribution network can be found here. If you have specific questions you are welcome to contact us directly.