14.09.11  Niviuk at the Coupe Icare
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As every end of September, from the 22th to the 25, the free flying community has its annual gathering in the alpine village of Saint Hilaire du Touvet, to celebrate the Coupe Icare.

Niviuk, since its creation, once again is proud to invite you to share with us this event. We will be at our usual stand (B30/C21). In this edition 2011 Niviuk has numerous new products to show you:

The awaited Artik 3 is finally at production in our factory. With an innovative profile developed using the very latest software and a new line plan using low resistance 3-line technology brings performance and passive safety never before seen on an EN C glider.

Our two new wings exclusively designed for the powered flight will also be at Saint Hilaire. The Link, not only offers confidence and comfort it also brings to you ease of flight, from your very first powered flight to onward progression the LINK will adapt with your experience. The Kougar, on the other hand, is the paramotor wing for experienced pilots looking for stability, maneuverability and speed provided by the own Niviuk System Reflex Profile.

We will also present you the two new wings designed exclusively for the Acro pilots. The F-Gravity 2, a dedicated wing for the freestyle discipline, and the N-Gravity 2 for the experimented acro pilots. Dynamic, speedy and light, wings to fulfill the own imagination in the air.

The research and development team at Niviuk has been working hard also on the harnesses front. The Drifter, the most innovative and aerodynamic cross country and competition harness of the moment keeps being admired by pilots around the globe. They comment on the increase of performance that the Drifter produces on the wing and on their top comfort when flying.

The original Hamak returns with several improvements. We have evolved the all-round Niviuk harness, updating it with the most technological advanced materials, more resistant and being  900 grs lighter and with new colors.

In addition to the Drifter and the Hamak 2, we will introduce the Roamer and the Transat. The Roamer is the multipurpose harness from Niviuk. It is a reversible harness ideally suited to speed riding, speed flying or mountain flying. The Transat has been designed for the tandem professionals and enthusiastic. It has been conceived for pilot comfort, mobility and security during the take-off and landing stages.

We look forward to your visit

The Niviuk Team

Coupe Icare
27.07.16  New Dobermann 2
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We introduce you the Dobermann 2, the new PPG Niviuk glider mainly targeting the experienced competition and slalom pilots also committed to safety and comfort. 

The Dobermann 2 is faster, steadier and better in turns than its predecessor. Furthermore, it also provides an excellent glide, a wide speed range and it is available in larger sizes, very valuable characteristics for freestyle and recreational pilots. 

Efficiency and reliability in PPG.

More information here.

26.07.16  ‘It turns like an Impala trying to escape a Cheetah’
‘It turns like an Impala trying to escape a Cheetah’

XC Mag flew the Peak 4 for 12 hours in XC conditions. The review was published in issue 171 (July 2016). Here are some of the findings:

I took off, easily gained height, then threw in a bit of weightshift to start the 90-degree turn to connect with the main ridge. I almost completed the turn before I’d even started to pull the brake down. This glider is very responsive to weightshift roll! Way more so than any other XC glider I’ve recently flown. 

In the first part of the travel the brakes feel slightly soft, a bit like the Peak 3, but then firm up reasonably quickly and overall the Peak 4 feels much more precise than its predecessor. Wingovers are easy and build up quickly. A 360 can be turned into a spiral with minimal effort – it almost feels like an acro glider.

The combination of weightshift sensitivity and the direct feel to the brakes makes the Peak 4 a very agile glider. Basically, it turns like an impala trying to escape a cheetah!’.

The magazine completed a cross-country flight with an Icepeak 8 pilot and the flight allowed interesting comparisons. Although the IP8 had the edge in weak climbs and a slightly better glide, the Peak 4 compared very favourably. 

The journalist was impressed with the Peak 4’s climb performance: ‘It held its own against just about everything in moderate climbs and in a few tight bullets was superb. It went up like a cork when other gliders were struggling to stay in the narrow cores’. 

Compared to the Peak 3, the Peak 4 shows its Icepeak 6 DNA much more strongly with the precision and more direct feel of its higher-level relative.

A lot of the pilot glides were completed on 50-75% bar and he controlled the wing with the B-risers. He said: ‘The Peak 4 thrives on being flown like this. It definitely feels better that a typical three-liner. What you are getting in theory is better post-collapse behaviour. Not that I got a chance to confirm it as I suffered no collapses in about 12 hours of flying in a decent range of conditions. Of the gliders I have flown, the Peak 4 is the best current EN D for B-line control and this allows you to exploit its glide at speed’.

He continued: ‘Every Niviuk wing I see is just that little bit better finished than the last. This continues the trend. Most cells are reinforced by Nitinol rods which help form the leading edge and the front third of the chord, with a separate section in the rear half of the glider. All the reinforcement helps the glider work well as a 2.5-liner which keeps the line consumption to an impressively low 182m for the 21 size. Brakes come with poppers, which will make some pilots very happy indeed!’.

In conclusion, the publication summarizes: ‘Peak 4 features: light direct brakes, very good B-riser control, and very active in roll. The Peak 4 is good in the flatlands but even better in the mountains with its tight turning, cohesive feel, solidity and cruising with confidence along ridges with lots of bar’.

Complete test here
22.07.16  Gold and Bronze at the British Open Matagais
21.07.16  Niviuk hat-trick at the US Nationals
20.07.16  'Ikuma, performance in your hands'
15.07.16  Shauin Kao visits the Niviuk offices
13.07.16  ‘The Alaska Traverse made the X-Alps look like a video game’
11.07.16  Ikuma: ‘an invincible weapon’
08.07.16  Gold for Emma Casanova and bronze for Jan Lübbig
06.07.16  Ignacio Arévalo reaches podium in preparation for the X-Pyr
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‘It turns like an Impala trying to escape a Cheetah’
Peak 4 at XC
Gold and Bronze at the British Open Matagais
The Icepeak on the podium
Niviuk hat-trick at the US Nationals
Chelan, 10-16 July
'Ikuma, the handy performance'
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