During the last Coupe Icare, Philippe Lami and Sabine Duvivier, both tandem pilots, did not want to miss the opportunity to try out one of Niviuk's most recent models: the Bi Skin 2 P. Their review was published in Parapente Mag
“The lightness and compact design are really impressive: a 3.3 kg tandem which, once folded, can fit into a 30L backpack... we have never seen anything like it!
", said the French magazine.
The review focussed especially on the take-off phase which it describes as “exceptional
”. They added: “Julien Irilli took off from the top of the Grandes Jorasses and also reported that even at more than 4000 meters altitude and with a slight tailwind, Bi Skin 2 P takes off perfectly
In the air and flying alongside dozens of other wings, Philippe Lami writes that “the wing-loading is surprising and once in the air, Sabine and I were again impressed. We didn't lose out to the other wings. The Bi Skin 2 P climbs, penetrates, advances and pushes really well, just like the other wings around us. The turn is direct and precise, with a sweet, soft and light handling, close to that of a single seater: a pleasure
”. He adds that Bi Skin 2 P is not just a glider for top-to-bottoms, but “in thermals it climbs in a truly effective way
As for landing, in this case with the trimmers completely open, “the speed translates into a moderate but noticeable roundout, and our touchdown was very gentle
Finally, the publication emphasises the user-friendliness of this revolutionary EN B tandem and adds the views of Julien Irilli, who explains that “3.3 kg is a true revolution for high-altitude mountaineering
”, and praises its very fast acceleration, the sensitivity of its handling in the air and the lightness when piloting it.
You can read the full review here