UP MERU : AT THE VERY TOP OF EN D CLASS
Everything you may expect from UP: perfect turn, classical behaviour, decent performance, now in EN D two-liner format!
CONSTRUCTION 8.67 / 10
RISERS 8 / 10
Nice and minimalistic but having everything you may expect from a top EN D glider. The narrow webbing, high quality speed system pulleys, big red balls on rear risers for controlling the glider in accelerated flight (a bit less convenient than handles but not tangling with lines), big and convenient brake handles with swivels. The manufacturing quality is typical for UP: nothing to complain. The only (very minor) drawback is the absence of magnets for brake handles: they are connected to rear risers by buttons which, at least at my point of view, are less practical.
CANOPY 9 / 10
The first thing you will discover even before getting the Meru out of its concertina bag are the long plastic rods running almost 100% of chord. This makes Meru relatively delicate in storing and transporting: at least you need the cylindric «ozone-style» pillow provided with the wing, but the better way is to wrap the Meru around your harness.
Okay, let’s take a look at the wing. The manufacturing quality is perfect, it’s difficult to find an imperfection. The leading edge has a trendy 3d-shaping which smoothens the surface of this very important part of the wing. The shark nose is also well present. The wing shape is very «Trango Xrace-y», but there are some important differences: more cells, very narrow intakes, mini-ribs at trailing edge and a totally new internal structure needed to distribute the loading from only 2 rows of lines. There are also smaller details that differ Meru from X-Race but in general it’s a pureblooded UP glider with typical UP look and feel.