The March issue of Thermik magazine published a comparative evaluation between several EN-D gliders. The Peak 4 was leading the pack and here are the reasons why:
The German publication highlighted the comfort, stability and accessibility of the wing. Three qualities derived from the previous Peak 3 model, to which was added the super high performance of a competition glider.
‘If you decide to fly the Peak 4 in race mode-accelerated, please fasten your seat belt! This high performance Niviuk machine is a real rocket and probably the fastest of all the gliders we measured in this category so far. At a tearing pace and with a high directional stability, it brings a smile to the face of any “kilometre devouring” pilot’.
‘The Peak 4 is destined to beat records due to its enormous potential in long haul flights (…) It remains an incredibly comfortable, well balanced, easy to handle glider with great tip to tip tension’.
Cross Country magazine interviewed Lu Marini for their April issue. The well-known Brazilian pilot uses his PPG glider as key tool to promote his cause to support the environment.
In the article Lu Marini explains his ‘Rivers Project’ expedition, a journey flying his Link and covering almost 3000 kilometres while following the Sao Francisco River last summer.
According to the pilot, the objective was to let Brazil and the rest of the world countries know about the importance of taking better care of the rivers: ‘I want to show everyone that our sport is more than pleasure, more than fun. We can use it for the common good’.
Lu Marini will compile this material collected so far in a documentary and a book.
Discover his adventure and the written account published in Cross Country magazine by clicking here.
12.05.16 The climber Liv Sansoz chooses to fly with the Skin P
The two times world champion and three times overall Climbing World Cup winner, Liv Sansoz, is at the same time a multidisciplinary athlete. By now she lives in Chamonix (France), where she spends her time mountaineering, skiing and paragliding.
Liv has decided, after dedicating her time to climbing competitions, to come back to her first passion, the mountains. She explains that she has always been attracted to paragliding and enjoys combining climbing and flying. ‘Flying opens a new door to alpinism, especially with the evolution of the gear like the Skin P’.
According to her, ‘the lighter, the better’. Light weight and minimum volume are the essentials for a Hike&Fly serious alpine climb followed by a high altitude flight. Beside its light weight and low packing volume, Liv is amazed by the Skin P’s performances and how fun it is to fly: ‘This is where the Skin P makes a difference’, comments the pilot.
Similarly to her Skin P selection, more athletes and mountain enthusiasts are now choosing the small volume, ultralight and single surface glider. Cedar Wright, David Göttler or Gavin McClurg are some of the professionals who, as Liv, already enjoy the Skin P’s abilities in many of their adventures.
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.