Niviuk PEAK 4 Review (by Greg Hamerton)

Niviuk PEAK 4 review - thermaling

Staying ahead of the game … the rain squalls were at my back for the first 50km, but as I was pressing on downwind they couldn’t catch up to me.

The PEAK 4  (EN D) replaces the PEAK 3 in Niviuk’s range and fits squarely in the Performance Class, below the Competition Class Icepeak 8 (CCC) and above the Sports Class Artik 4 (EN C).

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Niviuk PEAK 4 Review

The PEAK 4 (EN D) replaces the PEAK 3 in Niviuk's range and fits squarely in the Performance Class, below the Competition Class Icepeak 8 (CCC) and above the Sports Class Artik 4 (EN C).

It's intended for pilots who are wanting to do competitions or big competitive XC but don't want the full-on concentration required to keep a high-maintenance hotship flying in cracking conditions.

It also offers a unique stepping stone as an 'entry level' 2-liner for pilots unfamiliar with the handling of this recent design innovation.

Greg Hamerton tested the PEAK 4 >

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Skywalk Range XALPS vs Kortel KOLIBRI

Introduction

Skywalk Range X-Alps vs. Kortel Kolibri

The RANGE X-ALPS is an ultralight competition harness designed for the RedBull X-Alps 2015. It has an eye-catching aerodynamic rear fin and a narrow fit, offering maximum performance through reduced drag. At 1,5kg* it’s currently the only harness available in its class (ultralight racing pods) as Advance have not released the Lightness X-Alps (it requires custom tailoring), neither has Kortel released its Kolibri Pro (over concerns about durability).

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Skywalk Range X-Alps vs Kortel Kolibri

The RANGE X-ALPS is an ultralight competition harness designed for the RedBull X-Alps 2015. It has an eye-catching aerodynamic rear fin and a narrow fit, offering maximum performance through reduced drag.

Pilots competing in hike-and-fly races will be excited by the news, but is it suitable for the wider adventure-flying market, or even as a regular harness for experienced XC pilots wanting to minimise?

As such it competes with our current favourite for bivi pilots, the Kortel Kolibri. In this review we compare the two and highlight advantages to help you decide which one is right for you.

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First Flight Review

First Flight Review: Niviuk Skin P

Reviewed by Greg Hamerton

Skinning the ridge on the Niviuk Skin P

The Niviuk Skin P is an astonishing wing. It weights just 1800g in the size I flew (Skin P 18, 70-95kg, flown at 84). It's also available in a more durable version (Skin) at 2600g. It achieves this phenomenal light weight by being a single-surface wing made of lightweight fabric.

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Niviuk Skin P Review

The Niviuk Skin P is an incredibly light single-surface wing with some technical innovations that help to keep its shape intact. But does it really work as a paraglider, or is it just a gimmick?

Greg Hamerton tries it out ...

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XPYRIENCE Day Two

Happy Fathers’ Day

Day Two stats

 

My toes were getting mashed by my tight shoes on the 2 hour ascent, but I discovered they were better without socks. I'll admit that taking bad shoes is a rookie mistake, but I really thought the Salomons fitted well enough. I usually hike with my Hanwag flying boots; I had wanted to test the difference with trail running shoes.

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XPYRIENCE Day Three

Get those boots on!

Day 3 stats

I awoke refreshed, after good sleep and wash at an idyllic riverside camp.

The tent was great. I set it up in the dark and had no bugs despite being beside a river in long grass .. which is why I have it. I like camping beside rivers.

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XPYRIENCE Day Four

The vultures are soaring

Day 4 stats

The vultures are soaring. In any normal person's story, a sign of dread. But for me, joy!

I had gambled on it being flyable by not gliding down to the valley for a morning of drudgery on the road. There was a lot of cloud overnight and it was misty at 8 but then the sun broke through and the birds began to swoop through the wisps.

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XPYRIENCE Day Five

Water: the essence of Life

Day 5 stats

Most of the trip, I'd been pleasantly surprised by plentiful fast flowing streams that looked OK to drink from. So I had been carrying less and less water, because it's damn heavy.

But then I had that killer ascent in blistering heat, and despite taking my full 4L my water ran low.

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