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Gradient Nevada2 Light

The Nevada was a tried and tested glider for pilots that wanted a solid glider with solid performance, the Nevada 2 light follows this path and takes some weight away too, so if you want a glider for hike and fly or just a lighter glider this could be the one for you.

To develop a new glider requires not only a love for flying from the Gradient R&D team, but also a responsibility to bring the pilots something new and improved.

Glider construction is only a first stage. The second stage is tuning the glider. To tune up the Nevada2, to give it high performance and stability and to fulfill the strict criteria of the EN-B category, is a difficult challenge. The performance and potential of the Nevada2 were finalised at Gradient's big XC flying tests in Brazil and South Africa. The glider behaviour was tuned up in Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.

After a year of intensive work they achieved their goal and proudly introduced the Nevada2, the glider for occasional pilots and for XC pilots who appreciate passive safeness in a glider.


The Nevada2 Light is a special light version of the Nevada2. With a unique combination of carefully selected materials its weight is reduced by almost 1000 grams. The Nevada2 Light is available in sizes 22, 24, 26 and 28. Thanks to a Skytex Everlast in 36g/m2 on the leading edge they have reached longer lifetime than competing gliders without Everlast. The big advantage of the glider is the packing volume which can be significantly reduced. With the Nevada2 Light Gradient offers a wing for those pilots who don't want to compromise on the EN-B performance, speed and climb, but who additionally need the lowest packing volume and the lowest possible glider weight. This combination makes the Nevada2 Light a wing for hikers, mountaineers and travellers who want to top their adventures with thermaling and XC flying.  

Technical Details

The Nevada2 is a purely 3-row glider with only two main lines on each side due to their well proven Gradient DD system. It has only 62 line attachment points. Thanks to that, they achieved the lowest possible number of lines and total line consumption. By a progressive diameter gradation of the unsheathed upper gallery lines and by reduced binding of the brake lines the total area of lines and their aerodynamic drag are minimised. 

For a great transfer of forces from the lines to the whole canopy Gradient used so called 'Gibus Arches' reinforcement, small arches-shaped nylon strings located in the loaded supporting ribs of the B and C rows running chord wise down the rib. The nylon strings in the C diagonals help to smoothen the trailing edge. The leading edge is also smoothed out by nylon strings which are, in case of necessity, easy to replace.

To achieve a good pressurization of the canopy in the whole range of speeds Gradient has developed a new style of cell openings called the VO system.

This style of cell opening has a very high efficiency from all angles of attack. It ensures very fast filling of the canopy from the middle towards the ears, which makes the launch and potential collapse recovery quick and easy. It also limits the airflow from the inner space of the canopy towards the upper suction surface and thanks to that, the Nevada2 does not lose the climb rate and the forward speed during flight in thermic and turbulent conditions.

The long lifetime of the canopy and the dimensional stability of the leading edge is ensured by the Skytex Everlast, a double-coated material which was developed by Gradient and Porcher Marine. It ensures very fast filling.

Ball bearing pulleys in the speed system, thin straps of risers, high quality materials, exceptional manufacturing, and the guarantee of quality Gradient takes for granted.

Nevada2 Light
Units 22 24 26 28

Flat Area

[m2] 21.80 23.20 25.20 27.54

Projected area

[m2] 18.43 19.61 21.30 23.28


[m] 11.23 11.59 12.08 12.62

Projected span

[m] 8.73 9.01 9.39 9.81

Aspect ratio

5.75 5.75 5.75 5.75

Projected aspect ratio

4.14 4.14 4.14 4.14

Maximum chord

[m] 2.37 2.45 2.55 2.67

Minimum chord

[m] 0.52 0.54 0.56 0.59

Number of cells

  56 56 56 56

Line consumption (1)

[m] 208.0 214.7 223.9 234.9

Weight of the glider

[kg] 3.7 3.8 4.1 4.4

Take-off weight range (2)

[kg] 62-78 75-90 85-102 95-115

Certification EN / LTF

  B B B B

(1) Lineconsumption is the sum of the lengths of all lines including brake lines

(2) Take-off weight is the weight of the pilot including equipment and a paraglider (approx 10-20kg)

Please note that contrary to our normal shipping, gliders and related kit will, if in stock, be delivered in around 3 to 5 working days. Some popular glider models and colours can be out of stock with the manufacturer and can take several weeks to arrive. If you have any queries about stock, delivery times, or would like to book a test flight please contact Gareth either by E-mail or phone on 07493 419909. Please note that there is a shipping fee for orders below £3000.

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