At Niviuk we understand a B+ glider as an easy performance wing. For that reason the Ikuma offers the characteristic comfort level of the EN-B class but with the performance traits of EN-C models.
The Ikuma is the perfect tool for pilots who want to progress and step up from the EN-B category, and an ideal for those with more experienced who prefer to fly a wing with a high built-in safety level.
Amin Ahmadsomal and Mehrdad Safarpour are two Iranian pilots who have recently checked the potential of the glider. With their first fly handling the Ikuma, Amin and Mehrdad travelled 90 and 73 km respectively; their greater registered distance flown so far.
On the other hand, we found Mark Leavesley, a British pilot who loves the acro mode but also uses the Ikuma when organizing trips abroad. He mentioned that the wing lets him sit back and relax, whilst providing enough performance to fly and stay ahead of the group.
For additional information about this B+ glider, click here.
04.05.16 Gavin McClurg is getting ready for the most risky adventure of his life
‘I am planning the most ambitions bivouac expedition of my life’. This is the declaration of intent of the Niviuk pilot Gavin McClurg, who with the athlete Dave Turner, will try to travel as of two days and for the following eight weeks more than 800 kilometres through the Alaska Range with the Klimber P.
Furthermore, to spice up his adventure, from the moment he leaves the starting point, Gavin will not benefit from any kind of help or support along the way, until he reaches the goal.
He plans to stop in Alpine, an area fully snow-capped where only polar bears will be roaming around. The need to be equipped with light gear is no longer an option but rather a mandatory requirement.
Such a challenge deserves a high performance and extremely light glider as a prerequisite. For that reason Gavin will be the first person flying the Klimber P, a new EN-D light glider model designed specifically to Hike&Fly and experience other similar types of adventures in the near future.
Free Aero tested in April’s issue the Ikuma, our new B+ glider for Cross Country and Back Country flying.
Niviuk introduced and presented the Ikuma as an easy performance model, an aspect also pointed out by the magazine: 'Its handling, playful side and good balance in turbulence let you easily make the most of the performance of this EN B+ wing. The promises in the specifications have definitely been realized, and in a fairly astonishing way'.
The magazine underlined the stability factor of the paraglider as the game that it offers the wing at the same time. 'It has to be said that the ‘fun’ part of the specification is, without a doubt, perfectly achieved: its precise controls and reactivity are a real success (...) The wing glides very well: it’s surprising how compact and balanced it is. The Ikuma calmly crosses turbulence and transforms the movements in a positive way'.
The test also included the opinion of two young pilots flying the Ikuma, Valentin Gilet and Alix Boudon.
Alix explained that 'compared to the other EN B+ wings, [the Ikuma] offers more feedback and it marks little bubbles of air better', an opinion shared by Valentin, who added: 'the Ikuma is lively and nice to fly and it turns efficiently. It responds well to the outer brake. It ‘talks a lot’ and it enters a spiral strongly'.
26.04.16 Two Niviuk teams in the third edition of the X-Pyr
Getting ready for the 3rdedition of the X-Pyr event. Starting on July 17th, thirty five teams will participate in this hard but also exciting race covering a 437 km distance between the Cantabric coast and the Mediterranean Sea.
Two Niviuk teams will enter the race: Ignacio Arévalo, assisted by Javier Delgado, and Demetrio Lozano together with Antonio Ramos.
Ignacio Arévalo & Javier Delgado
Igancio Arévalo is a fireman and a former professional mountain biker. His life has always revolved around sports: biking, climbing, canyoning… He discovered flying at the age of twelve, but only recently became serious about it.
He explained that the reasons for his participation in the X-Pyr event was because his assistant Javier Delgado. Javier pushed him to do it. They are repeating the experience with new challenges. 'Crossing the Pyrenees together once more with the best world athletes is a big challenge and a great motivation to me because I will earn and gain a lot from them. This year I want to make it to goal; it will be hard at such the high competing level, but I know we can do it and improve on our 2014 11th final standing'.
About strategy 'The idea is to use our heads more than our legs. We will adapt to the changes as we go along', explains Ignacio.
Demetrio Lozano & Antonio Ramos
Demetrio Lozano is a professional hand ball player – three times Olympic medallist, World‘s Champion with the Spanish Handball team, and pilot since 1997.
Together with Antonio Ramos he will participate in the race for the first time. Plan of action? 'Finding a perfect route and follow it. Keep calm the first days to fight mental wear and enjoy as much of the race as we can. If we only reach goal, that alone will be a great victory', commented Demetrio.
What attracts him the most about the X-Pyr is that it is the perfect fit for his passion, flying over the Pyrenees region, in addition to the emotional aspect found in this race.
Both pilots have chosen the Artik P: 'It surprised me how easy and safe it was to fly. I was looking for a comfortable wing, but I also needed a competitive one. After several flights under various gliders, the high performance of the Artik P captivated me. Even when accelerated flying in strong wind speeds, it performs like an EN-D glider. Another remarkable aspect of the wing is its easy of manoeuvrability in turn without penalizing the climb in thermals; it is as efficient as the top level gliders out there. Finally, I would emphasize its take off abilities: the Artik P easily comes overhead during inflation which is an important benefit when launching from improvised platforms', explained Ignacio.
It only took three days and twenty three hours to complete the last edition of the race. Will the participants beat the record this year? There is still enough time to train hard!
‘Niviuk distinguishes itself from other brands by bringing a feeling of comfort and safety under its wings. The Niviuk gliders tend to absorb and filter the air mass irregularities. The Hook 4 fits the mould and definitely is part of the brand’s DNA’.
One of the strengths of the Hook 4 is without doubt the level of confidence it brings to the pilot. For that reason Parapente Mag explains in the essay published this past March, that the model ‘targets pilots tow hom the sense of safety under a wing is an important parameter’.
In its past versions the comfort of the Hook was directly proportional to it performance. However, according to the magazine, Niviuk has wanted to reinforce and refine the connection between accessibility, performance and manoeuvrability in the Hook 4.
During the test it became evident that when compared to the Hook 3, the Hook 4 is a wing with a more efficient glide (especially when flying through air the mass irregularities) and a greater reactivity in turns, thus giving it a pleasant feeling of precision.
Discover more details on Parapente Mag’s evaluation by clicking here.
21.04.16 Artik 4 pilots, Anna Ermakova and Evgeniya Belova
A few months ago, Anna Ermakova and Evgeniya Belova climbed the podium in the Open Roldanillo after their flights under the Artik 4. We contacted them to know more about their backgrounds and discover this common passion that spurs us to travel around the world. Both pilots claim that paragliding changed their perspective of the world.
Anna Ermakova: ‘I started flying in June of 2010. While flying my previous glider I lost all confidence in myself as a pilot. I knew it was necessary to change the wing and I became interested in the Artik 4. After a few hours under it, I realized that the wing could be trusted. The Artik 4 gave me back my confidence in flight; I really liked its handling and performance. When I began to fly the wing, I could not believe my luck. My average flight time increased and I was flying farther and farther away with each new adventure. I became less fatigued in the air and could launch from more difficult takeoff spots.
During the last eight months, I spent over 230 hours in the skies under my Artik 4 and subsequently beat my personal records over and over again: first in Bulgaria (141 km – free flight), then in India (162 km – free triangle), now in Colombia (93 km - FAI triangle).The Artik 4 has given me the opportunity to keep up with and learn from more advanced pilots. To me it is not just a wing, but rather a portal to amazing adventures.
Observing the beauty of the Earth from a bird's vantage point of view changed my perspective on the world/life’.
Evgeniya Belova: ‘Paragliding is so amazing! The first time I flew was three years ago. I had been working hard for a while, so flying provided some respite for my brains and nerves. I discovered a new world I am always happy to be in. A year ago I started looking for a new glider. I wanted to step up from an EN-B to EN-C wing but needed stability and speed. The Artik 4 was it and fit the bill 100%!
I've flown over 200 hours with my green Artik 4 and I am totally thrilled about it. The wing is truly stable, enabling me to make flat turns in thermals with minimal incline even in turbulence. I made my first 100 km track with my Artik 4 in Bir this past October, it was a stunning flight, so long and so interesting. I started to take part in various competitions and it was also a good experience to further my technical skills’.
Thank you for sharing your passion and experiences with us. We wish you more exciting adventures under our Grand Touring! If as Anna or Evgeniya you are also an #Artik4pilot, tell us your story and share your adventures with us.
With a total seven tasks flown, last Saturday ended the first race of the 2016 PWC, celebrated in Castelo (Brazil).
We congratulate all the winners and participants, especially the Niviuk pilot Jean Marc Caron, who with his prototype Icepeak 9 secured the third place in the third task and the fifth position in the overall classification.
Another new season is now under way. We wish the best of luck to everyone!
13.04.16 “The Fledglings”, the video of Cedar Wright’s adventure
Early this year the famous climber and Niviuk pilot, Cedar Wright, took off from the highest point of Pico de Orizaba, the tallest peak in Mexico and the third in North America.
Along with his climber partner and now pilot too, Matt Segal, and with his flying instructor, Matt Henzi, Cedar descended 5600 meters with his Skin P (light) less than a year after learning how to paraglide.
Are you wondering how two unprofessional pilots managed to do it? Discover in this funny video how the team lived the adventure.