Nova IBEX 4

£2,799.00

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Condition: New

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Light, high performance, fast, uncomplicated, safe and just pure fun: the IBEX 4 is a versatile, super-lightweight paraglider (from 3.0 kg) with a multitude of uses and an extraordinarily wide weight-range. It is suitable for hike & fly, travelling, recreational flying, mountaineering, flying under instruction and strong-wind soaring.

Technical data

Size

XXS

XS

S

M

Number of cells

36

Projected span

7.76

8.16

8.54

8.9

Projected area

19

21

23

25

Projected aspect ratio

3.17

Flat span

10.31

10.84

11.34

11.82

Flat area

22.97

25.38

27.8

30.22

Flat aspect ratio

4.63

Line diameter

0.76, 0.9, 0.95, 1.2, 1.3, 1.9

Line length

6.11

6.42

6.72

7.01

Total line length

193

205.1

214.5

223.7

Max. chord

2.77

2.90

3.04.3

3.17

Min. chord

0.91

0.95

1.00

1.04

Weight

3

3.25

3.5

3.75

Certified weight-range

55–90

70–100

75–110

(80–120)

Certification

A

A

A

A

Colours

Standard colours: Orange, Red, White

Custom colours: Choose your colours here then email us the NOVA colour code with your order.

Options

Rucksack: S, M, L or CITO Fast Packing Bag

Package Includes

  • Nova Windsock
  • Compression bag
  • Repair Kit
  • Manual
  • Speed system

IBEX4 - Wherever you go

The versatile fun machine (EN/LTF A).

Complete suitability for everyday use. The IBEX 4 is not a lightweight design pushed to the absolute limits. Materials, details and design make it perfect for everyday flying. And of course it comes with the full NOVA guarantee package. You can use it as your everyday wing without any problems.

Amazing performance. Nova compared the IBEX 4 with the PRION 3 and discovered that with the same wing loading it glides better. And their team pilot Robert Schaller flew a 209 km FAI triangle on a PRION 3! The IBEX has the potential for such flights built in!

Tip: using the IBEX 4 for instruction. Easy launch characteristics and low weight make the IBEX 4 a training slope favourite. Then you can continue to use it as your first wing. When you progress, you will want to keep it as an additional wing for travelling and hike & fly.

Concept – a complete new design

Of all the NOVA glider models, the IBEX 4 is the most versatile. The IBEX 4 is light with a small packing volume and offers the safety of an EN/LTF A-wing as well as very good glide performance for its classification.

In comparison to its predecessor, the IBEX 4 is a completely new design. It has been built using Diagonal Tape Ribs. Sewing these force vector optimised diagonal ribs requires more effort and high manufacturing precision, but they ensure a cleaner profile. This means the IBEX 4 performs better and feels very compact and balanced in the air. It is solid in flight and is really fun to fly.

Target Group and Uses

Due to its very high level of passive safety, the IBEX 4 has been certified EN/LTF A across a very wide weight-range. It is therefore suitable for numerous uses.

  • Hike & Fly: low weight, small packing volume, simple launch characteristics, good performance, The IBEX 4 is a reliable partner in the mountains.
  • Recreational flying: the IBEX 4 is simple to launch, turns wonderfully and offers a high level of passive safety. Exactly what is needed for relaxed thermalling.
  • Travelling: there is little room in luggage and usually there are weight restrictions. At the destination, safe and wonderful flights are usually the gaol, rather than record-breaking endeavours. Perfect for the IBEX 4.
  • Instruction: easy take off characteristics and low weight make the IBEX 4 a training slope favourite.
  • Soaring: Flown at the top of the weight-range, the IBEX 4 offers a lot of fun flying in strong winds – whilst retaining a high level of passive safety.
  • Cross-country: in general, EN/LTF A wings are not primarily designed for cross-country flying. But the performance of the IBEX 4 is so good that cross-country flights can be undertaken without problems.

For additional queries, your NOVA dealer will be happy to offer advice on the correct wing and wing-size.

Weight ranges

The IBEX 4 has been certified as an EN/LTF A wing in all sizes and weight-ranges. However, wing-loading does have a bearing on speed, sink rate, handling and how it feels in the air.
Nova recommend:

  • Relaxed = low wing-loading: for best sink rate and calm flying behaviour.
  • Standard = medium wing-loading: recreational flying, longer thermic flights and/or cross-country.
  • Dynamic = high wing-loading: flying in high
  • Mountains (when flying down and "getting off" are priorities), strong-wind soaring (e.g. at the coast) or generally more dynamic and higher speed.

Nova IBEX 4 weight ranges

Launch characteristics: extremely easy!

Whether you are launching from rough, alpine terrain when on a hike & fly tour or during your normal paragliding training day, simple launch characteristics are essential. From the simplicity with which the few lines are sorted to the ease of inflation. Just a light tug is enough and the wing climbs evenly above the pilot, without the tendency to overshoot.

The super-thin, sheathed PPSLS 65 lines make sorting them on the ground easy and they cause less drag in flight.

Useful information

Everything you need to know about the IBEX 4:

  • Low weight: the IBEX 4 is a very light wing (XS: 3.25 kg, 70–100 kg all-up weight) and amongst the safe lightweight wing class it has very good glide performance. The IBEX 4 glides better and flies faster than a single skin wing.
  • Simple is best: Nova has used as few lines as possible; all the main lines are sheathed. The ground handling and flying characteristics have been designed for maximum controllability.
  • The super-thin, sheathed PPSLS 65 lines make sorting them on the ground easy and they cause less drag in flight.
  • Fully guaranteed: one year of NOVA Protect, three years of guarantee. This is extended to four years if an NTT is performed.
  • NTT inclusive: pilots from Germany, Austria or Switzerland who register their wing at myNOVA within 14 days of purchase are entitled to our unique NOVA Trim Tuning – free of charge.

Technology

Diagonal Tape Ribs

Instead of one piece of fabric, these diagonal ribs are manufactured from various strips, which are directionally cut in accordance with their Ripstop threads. The manufacturing process involves more effort and precision, but they ensure a cleaner profile, which means more performance.

Flat Profile Nose

Anyone who tries to fold a piece of paper around a ball will notice that there are always creases. The nose profile of a paraglider is the same - the sail cloth has to adjust to both the profile and ballooning effect (cells are round, not straight). Double 3D Shaping uses additional seams to reduce creasing and therefore increases the performance of the wing.

Less is More

Nova's idea of a three-liner with a reduced amount of line length allows us to construct wings with very good performance and a high degree of passive safety. The way Nova has conceptualised the lines has made it possible to manufacture wings which are collapse resistant; but when they do collapse, the collapsed area is generally less extensive. This significantly improves the wing's extreme flight behaviour.

Comfort on the Ground

All NOVA paragliders are made to be easy to use. For packing, you can use a concertina bag, but it is not essential. Nova's extensive experience with rods has taught us that the packing method has little influence on the durability of the wing. Bent rods quickly spring back into their original shape.

Low Aspect Ratio

More compact. The aspect ratio of a glider is not the only factor in passive safety, but still a very important one. A high aspect ratio favours cravats after asymmetric collapses, generally shortens brake travel and normally makes wings more difficult to fly. Nova's analytical tools permit us to build performance wings even with a low or moderate aspect ratio.

Lightweight

Very light but still durable: Light weight NOVA wings weigh little but are still robust enough to withstand the hard conditions of the mountains. The profiles are made out of durable cloth, so that this highly-stressed component does not deform - like it can with ultra-light material. This means Nova are able to guarantee consistent flying characteristics.

Compression Bag

The IBEX 4 is delivered with our popular Compression Bag instead of a traditional backpack. This noticeably reduces the packing volume and gives it a practical flat shape. The Compression Bag is also completely waterproof and protects the wing from moisture and sweat – very useful on vol-biv or hike & fly trips. Pack the wing as small as possible, place it in the compression bag, squeeze out the air, close the bag and use the valve to expel the remaining air.

The Compression Bag also protects the wing from body sweat, which can damage the coating of the cloth.

Please note: Never store the wing in the Compression Bag permanently. For this purpose we provide the conventional pack sack, which is also included with the IBEX 4.

Features

  • Simple handling: traditional risers (not twisty Dyneema strings)
  • Safety: colour coded risers for left and right
  • Good for mountaineering: Sheathed lines (except gallery lines)
  • Easy handling: low weight and small packing volume. 

Impressions

NOVA Team Pilot Werner Luidolt has undertaken many flights on a prototype IBEX 4 in France and Italy. He also knows the IBEX 3 very well:

"The IBEX 4 is super-easy to launch – especially on difficult, windy or tight take-offs. A really clear improvement are the new diagonal tape ribs. They ensure a much smoother flight and a more compact wing. The IBEX 4 is a real feel-good package for relaxed "hanging out" in the air, combined with surprising performance!"

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Additional Information

Condition New
EN Certification EN A
LTF Certification LTF A
Shipping Details When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model Status Current model

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