Niviuk Skin 3

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Model Status: Current model

EN Certification: EN B, EN 926-1 Load Test

LTF Certification: LTF B

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NIVUK-SKIN3
Forget everything you've seen and heard about single-surface gliders. The new Skin 3 brings together the best of two worlds, and for the first time a single-surface glider offers the characteristics and flying comfort comparable to a conventional paraglider. Comfortable, stable, efficient and although it may not seem possible, single-surface.

Technical data

Size

16

18

20

Cells Number   45 45 45
Aspect ratio Flat m2 5.5 5.5 5.5
Surface  Flat m2 16 18 20
Projected m 13.52 15.21 16.9
Span Flat m 9.38 9.95 10.49
Cord Max m 2.04 2.17 2.29
Lines  Total m 251 267 282
Main   2/3/2/2 2/3/2/2 2/3/2/2
Risers  Number 4 A/B/C/D A/B/C/D A/B/C/D
Accelerator mm 45 45 45
Total weight in flight Min-max Kg 60-85 70-90 85-110
Glider weight   Kg 2.2 2.4 2.6
Certification EN/LTF    926-1 B B

Colours

Standard colours: Vibe, Wizard

Custom colours available.

Package

  • Skin 3
  • Inner bag
  • Compression strap 
  • Riser cover
  • Repair kit
  • T-shirt

Note: Backpack not included

Optional extras

Skin 3: the next paragliding experience

Hike & Fly. EN/LTF B.

Outstanding in any situation 

Much more efficient in turbulent conditions, headwind and for flying distance. Unlike other single-surface wings, its nature does not influence its flight behaviour.

Durable lightness 

The wing’s revolutionary new reinforced structure makes it possible to greatly reduce the number of lines and together with the use of semi-light materials makes it light and also durable.

Guaranteed accessibility 

An EN B certified wing which is responsive, efficient and stable for greater flying comfort. More fun, more speed and a lot more accessible and simple to fly.

About

Single-surface gliders are no longer just the preserve of extreme mountaineers. The new Skin 3 is an outstanding wing for any pilot looking for the perfect balance between accessibility/performance and lightness/durability.

The Skin 3 offers unprecedented joy when flying and with easier and more accessible controls, transmits confidence to pilots even in their learning phase (EN B). The wing features longer brake travel and greater passive safety to allow progressive and fun flying. Its manoeuvrability and flight efficiency will help you to realise any hike & fly or vol-biv adventure you can imagine.

In terms of the wing’s structure, the Skin 3 features a newly designed leading-edge based on 3DL (3D Leading Edge). That means greater wing cohesion and it facilitates an easier and more straight forward take off, more safety due to direct reactions to input and a faster recovery in the case of a collapse. The leading edge uses SLE (Structured Leading Edge) technology, which provides extra stability to the wing throughout its profile and means it can reach higher speeds.

Once in the air, the Skin 3 proves to be so much more than a glider just for top-to-bottom flights and finally opens the possibility of flying distance with a single-surface glider. Thanks to its improved behaviour in turbulent air the sail is capable of flying in windier conditions, which makes it perfect for vol-biv flights and great adventures.

Its new internal structure combines ribs and diagonals (Skytex 32 g/m2) in order to better distribute the weight of the pilot and more optimally distribute the loads at the line attachment points. This has had a direct impact on the lineset, with 44% fewer lines in comparison to its predecessor. This significantly reduces drag and improves performance during all the phases of flight as well as greatly simplifying the process of wing preparation before the flight.

This reduction in the number of lines is also a key factor to achieving a light canopy without affecting the choice of the rest of materials and cloth. The durability of the wing was a key consideration during the design of the new Skin 3 and with this objective in mind, Niviuk used semi-light Porcher Skytex 32 g/m² fabric on the surface and Porcher Skytex 27 g/m² on the inside of the leading edge. A combination of materials that provides lightness but also ensures strength and durability.

Like all Niviuk wings, the Skin 3 incorporates Nitinol rods (TNT) to reinforce the structure and reduce the weight of the wing, in addition to providing the profile with shape memory and enormous elasticity. Alongside this, the use of 3DP technology (3D Pattern Cut) allows an ideal tensioning of the fabric, avoiding creases and any deformation which would degrade its performance in the air.

The landing is another of Skin 3's strengths and the pilot has the option of using the new hybrid trimmer system (half trimmers, half speed-bar) that allows a greater brake travel range and full speed retention for a safer and controlled touch-down.

In short, Skin 3 is a new world to discover. An ideal wing to accompany you in all your adventures and achieve new goals that will surely only be possible with this new generation of single-surface wings. A wing that will make you feel that it is part of you.

Technologies

3D Leading Edge

Adding an extra seam to the leading edge on the span axis of the glider helps to shape a compact 3D profile and have better connections to the new 3DP front panel's layout.

3D Pattern Cut Optimization

The latest glider generation requires a new pattern design and an optimized fabric cutting process based on 3D technology.

Interlock System

The IKS (Interlock System) is an ultra-lightweight, high strength connecting system that aims to complement the light product range and replace the current systems based on the use of the maillons and/or carabiners. This new system is based on a secure connection using a simple Dyneema loop provided with a fixing and locking system, ensuring the complete efficiency and safety of the connection, and allowing the equipment to be ready at all times, either with or without load.

RAM Air Intake

Evolution and constant improving in all Niviuk products is the essence of the DNA of Niviuk's R&D team. Thanks to the new technologies created over recent years, Niviuk have conceived a new and more evolved and higher performing gliders. In this context, the RAM Air Intake technology should be pointed out.

Structured Leading Edge

The SLE provides more rigidity and stability along the span of the leading edge but also allows full flexibility along both the vertical and horizontal axis of each open cell. The SLE ensures ease of movement on the ground and high security in the air during turbulence and whilst flying at speed.

Structured Trailing Edge

The STE optimises the profile without deforming it. Niviuk can thus obtain less resistance and better performance.

Titanium Technology

Constantly innovating, Niviuk is always on the hunt for the latest and best materials to help Niviuk design optimal products. For this reason, and after an extensive evaluation of its benefits and qualities, Niviuk decided to be the first manufacturer to use Nitinol in Niviuks glider line.

Learn about Niviuk Paraglider Technologies

FAQs

What are the main new features?

The main new feature is its flying characteristics The Skin 3 is a glider that is easy to use, solid and really fun to fly. This translates into comfort during flight and is complemented by high passive safety so that the pilot can totally enjoy the experience.

Can I turn in thermals?

Without a doubt!  Both models are designed for the pilot to enjoy more top-to-bottom flights or sledge rides. Precise control and its small turning radius allow not only thermalling but also precise centring in the cores. In both Skin 3 and Skin 3P, the feedback about the air mass is direct, as it is in conventional wings.

What kind of flights are possible with the Skin 3/3P?

The next generation of the Skin will broaden your horizons. With its great performance and excellent manoeuvrability, you can travel for miles and complete vol biv adventures. The fact that it is a single-surface wing does not influence its flight behaviour and it flies like a standard wing. In addition, it is a very suitable wing for pilots who are in their progression and learning phase as it transmits a lot of confidence and offers great accessibility.

Reviews

"I have been a Skin fan since its inception. I appreciate this type of glider for Hike and Fly in high mountains. It allows committed take-offs that could not be done with another wing. I was lucky to try the latest Skin model in Greenland. I especially appreciate the evolution of this version regarding take-off quality, flight feel, simplicity and efficiency of the trim system, as well as landing. The glider rises more quietly over the head and allows easier control. In flight, the spinning sensation is very similar to that of a standard paraglider and the trim system offers real acceleration. In the wind, it keeps moving forward. Upon landing, I was even surprised by a real retention. The Skin is a true adventure companion to always have in the bag."

- Luc Hentsch

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ConditionNew
EN CertificationEN B, EN 926-1 Load Test
LTF CertificationLTF B
Shipping DetailsWhen in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model StatusCurrent model
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