‘This level EN B Sports glider corresponds rather well to the average and experienced pilots who want to fly a wing with performance characteristics while remaining accessible to most everyone’. As such, Parapente + defined in the June publication the concept that Niviuk categorized as B+. The test answered multiple questions concerning whom the Ikuma is targeting, and if it indeed is a B glider.
Starting with an analysis of the structure and materials composition of the ‘easy performance’ Niviuk model (Nitinol, shark nose, lines, etc.), the publication essayed the wing ‘to discover this new toy everyone is talking about’.
‘The Ikuma easily climbs overhead as a true B glider would, hence making it easy to handle. Once airborne, it glides effectively and positively surprises. The turn is similar to all the Niviuk wings: easy, pleasant and intuitive. Where the Ikuma reveals its potential and creates a real surprise is in thermals and where everyone agrees... I could fly in the company of many other wings from B to D during my test flights... Let the wing locate a thermal, initiate a turn and up it goes by itself, it is magic’.
After flying the Ikuma at 52 km/h, the Parapente + test pilot also examined the character of the wing in terms of acceleration and cruising speed; two factors the magazine could verify and concur which are not at odds with a high degree of accessibility.
‘The Ikuma is a sport level B wing whose primary function is to make you fly faster in thermals, to take you efficiently to the remote areas of the day. With a playful character also well suited for soaring fun, its aspect ratio brings a well-defined passive safety level. Unquestionably one of the best B sport glider in the category’.
13.07.16 ‘The Alaska Traverse made the X-Alps look like a video game’
Niviuk team pilot and National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” winner Gavin McClurg recently completed his latest expedition, a full traverse of the Alaska Range (just shy of 800 kilometres) which took 37 days to complete. The expedition was totally unsupported. His hike and fly partner for the trip was Dave Turner, both competed in the 2015 X-Alps. Gavin said about the adventure ‘They say that the X-Alps is the toughest race on earth. This Alaska project was actually much harder. It made the X-Alps look like a video game. I don’t know how I will top this one’.
Gavin chose the Klimber P glider for the trip and it seems he is extremely enthusiastic about the new Niviuk model: ‘The wing was amazing, I’m totally in love with it’, said the pilot.
The route took the pair over some of the highest terrain in the world. Bad weather, brutally rough hiking terrain, hungry grizzly bears, starvation, trench foot and many, many storms made this one of the toughest challenges of their lives. Hiking up to 12 hours per day, the pair had to post hole through waist deep snow for two days just to cover six miles.
Starving and exhausted they waited for good weather to fly across Denali National Park, which includes the highest mountain in North America. Conditions looked less than favourable, with strong winds, snow and rain all around them due to over-development, but they switched into X-Alps mode and took off. Both were sucked above cloud base with wet gliders encased in ice. On that flight they flew past Denali, Foraker, Hunter and the highest peaks of the Alaska Range. They crossed countless glaciers and raging rivers which would have been nearly impossible on foot. After 32 days, Dave Turner had to return to his job and Gavin battled on alone. With improving weather he needed just five days to get to goal at the other end of the range. In the end, 76% of the route was flown. Only two full traverses have been done before, but this was the first by paraglider.
The expedition was filmed by Reel Water Productions and will premier at Banff this November. The footage is rumoured to be ‘mind-blowing’.
Parapente Mag was one of the first magazines to test the Ikuma, the certified B+ glider model from Niviuk. The publication wanted to investigate earlier this year the reason why we situated the Ikuma on the border between B and C gliders. Both the performance as well as the structural aspects of the wing were evaluated.
‘The Ikuma seems closer to the Artik 4 than to the Hook 3. As such, it is aimed at experienced pilots with good technical skills. It is not an EN B wing to buy when just coming out of school. (...) Its overall balance and specially its profile maintenance in active air mass, enables it to keep a high gliding level. It is an efficient paraglider designed for distance while remaining playful and a little more accessible than the Artik 4’.
Parapente Mag also described the Ikuma as a balanced, compact and dampened glider. Three factors that were analysed during the take-off, the flight and during incidental situations.
‘The glider is at the level of the best EN B, some new EN C, as well as a few EN D from four years ago. When evaluated within an active air mass (with thermal, wind, turbulences...) the Ikuma always went ahead (...) with every air mass bump becoming an asset. When one flies while adapting to the topography, the Niviuk Ikuma is astonishing: the combination of the overall balance and great gliding abilities make it an invincible weapon’, concluded the magazine.
08.07.16 Gold for Emma Casanova and bronze for Jan Lübbig
Held from June 26th to July 2nd in Saint Jean Montclar (France), the championship Nordic Paragliding Open 2016 is now over with two pilots on the podium.
Emma Casanova has climbed the highest step of the overall women’s competition after flying three Cross tasks with her Icepeak 6. She describes her experience:
“Conditions were feisty with strong climbs and a generous sky, guaranteeing a week of fast mountain racing, high altitude turnpoints and technical valley crossings.
Returning to competition after two year's absence I was delighted to compare and confirm that my little gem of an Icepeak 6-21 is still in the game. Finishing 1st in the Women’s event and 21st overall amongst the CCC’s in the Open event, proved that Niviuk’s IP6 is an absolute classic and remains in a class of its own in the EN-D category.
The Icepeak 6’s handling on full bar is second to none with more stability the harder you push. Being able to crank up the thermals over those big mountains, bite into the cores to climb through the gaggles or slow the pace right down into a sniff and search mode is what this glider does best and truly outshines any of her counterparts”.
Not to be overlooked, the pilot Jan Lübbig grabbed a bronze medal in the category Sport, flying the Artik 4, the Niviuk Grand Touring glider.
Congratulations to the winners and at the rest of participants!
06.07.16 Ignacio Arévalo reaches podium in preparation for the X-Pyr
The Niviuk pilot Ignacio Arévalo is training intensely for the third X-Pyr edition. He proved it this past week at the Open FAI II Open Iberico Liga Nacional Piedrahita (Spain) by taking the gold medal in the serial category, a fourth place in the national classification and was ranked sixth in the overall results.
Flying his Peak 4, he flew a total of seven tasks and more than 830 kilometres while competing among multiple CCC models.
Together with his assistant, Javier Delgado, Ignacio Arévalo will participate at the X-Pyr with the Artik P glider. Niviuk will closely follow the adventure, which is due to begin on July 17th and is also counting on the participation of the Niviuk pilots, Demetrio Lozano and Antonio Ramos.
Parapente Vuelo Libre magazine did not want to be left out without testing the Peak 4, and in its issue 99 it published a complete analysis of the much talked-about Niviuk EN D glider.
The review defined it as a high performance wing; a step forward from the previous Peak due to the incorporation of features reminiscent of competition gliders.
‘More advanced and demanding than the previous Peak, it offers a better turn, more speed, better climb rate and invites you to piloting efficiently when using the bar accelerator (...) It has distinctive high performance attributes for requirement levels still attainable by many pilots. It doesn’t shy away in competitions and will expand your horizons if you are ambitious enough and love distance flying’.
The essay analyses in detail the equipment, materials and glider behaviour to describe its relevant characteristics: ‘The wing’s most striking features are its turning abilities to make you feel that your objectives are more attainable than ever. Good glide and speed, light, effective in turns, and all done in a moderated aspect ratio. It is the EN D glider with the greatest features of the moment’
You can read the complete article by clicking here.
29.06.16 Jonathan Marin wins the French Paragliding Open
The Niviuk pilot, Jonathan Marin, has won the 2016 French Paragliding Championship title with an Icepeak 9 prototype. The competition took place from June 19th to the 25th in the Louron Valley and consisted of three tasks, all of them disputed under harsh weather conditions.
A selection of more than 120 French pilots and up to 20 pilots from around the world competed to take the first place on the podium. A spot only Marin was able to reach by handling one of the two CCC Niviuk gliders existing prototypes.
We are introducing you the N-Gravity 4, a new Niviuk glider designed only to fulfill the wishes of those who have acro pumping through their veins. Live the show!
Power in your hands
Squeeze the energy of the new N-Gravity 4 designed by acro pilots for acro pilots. Practice and improve all kind of manoeuvres in a smooth and extremely precise way, feel all its power under your fingertips at any moment.
Intrados air Intakes
The incorporation of valves at the intrados facilitates vertical descent manoeuvres such as the helicopter, due to a better conservation and distribution of the wing’s inner pressure. The end result makes the N-Gravity 4 a safer, more efficient glider during the chain of aerobatic moves and recoveries.
Due to the integration of Nitinol material to the profile and the optimization of the suspension lines load distribution, the outcome brings a more solid, resistant and durable glider in a never ending aerobatic show. With the N-Gravity 4, the range of manoeuvres to perform is endless.
22.06.16 Gold and bronze medals at the European PPG Slalom
Exciting week and gripping final of the II European PPG Slalom Championship held in Bornos (Cádiz) from June 9th-18th.
On Thursday, our team pilot Nicolas Aubert grabbed the gold medal in the Racing Team competition with the French team. And, on Friday, Ramón Morillas took the bronze medal in the Trike category. Moreover, Nico ranked 4th of the PF1 Class after fighting until the very last moment for the 3rd place.
Well- deserved victory to Nico and Ramón and great beginning of the season for the new Dobermann 2. Our pilots tested its powerful, excellent turning abilities and high performance in the most demanding situations with high success.
Well done to all winners and participants! Our special mention to Karen Skinner (2nd PF1 female and 24th PF1 Class), and Víctor Rodríguez (20 PF1 Class), both flying also under the new Dobermann 2.