Paraglider Review: 2010 Nirvana Katana 16
Reviews, Updated 02-11-2007 | Ratings: 1 is bad, 10 is good |
| About the Testing
Nirvana has made its name in the Motor
arena by taking the high ground, offering high quality gear for at a
premium price. They've taken the high road on wings regarding handling.
This wing is most certainly NOT for beginners but experienced pilots who
don't mind flying fast and are up to the most response of control inputs
are gonna love this ride.
At the time I flew this wing, first in Feb
of this year then again in May at Beach Blast, I said it would be my
next purchase if I bought another wing on those days. My only
trepidation was how easily I could get myself in trouble with it, given
the incredibly dynamic handling. A wing like this won't coddle well to
overcontrol or even minor inattention.
Please see also
Flying Small Wings.
Handling: Trim in or out doesn't
really matter��it rocks. Of course it's a bit stiffer with the trim out
but then why bother with trims when you're already going this fast. At 16
m� (13.8 projected It's akin to a speed flying wing and that is much of
why the handling is so good. You don't so much turn this thing as you do
roll it. But it does yaw nicely into a dive which, for someone who likes
to dive into a turn, you'll love this.
It's not a Reflex wing so the handling is
good all around trimmed slow or fast meaning there's no need for tip
steering when going fast.
Inflation: Is there a wing there? It
comes up quickly but you better get moving quickly or she'll fall back.
Movement isn't hard since the wing gives so little resistance. In no wind
you'll be putting the little legs to work and be ready for LOTS of brakes
to get airborne.
Risers: (-): 4 riser system with
trimmers and speedbar. As if you'll need either.
Efficiency: Both flights were just
quick tear-it-up rides that didn't leave time to do any measurements.
But it was surprisingly efficient given the diminutive area. One flight
was on my Miniplane with a Top 80 motor and I had pleny of climb. Flare
left me with plenty of energy for a slide.
Speed: You go baby! Don't bother
flying this with your friends. You'll just be doing a lot of circling. Of
course the drawback is that, unlike fast reflex wings, you can't slow it
down nearly as far so some of that speed will come with you for landing.
Construction: Looks good. Made by Jojo
Wings in the Czech Republic.
Certification & Safety (-): Not a
chance. Take a big collapse on one of these and it's gonna be "sporty" at
best. I'm sure it'll be tough to GET a collapse on, and any pilot stepping
up to this ought to darn well fly in a way that makes collapses extremely
unlikely. But if you're doing bizarre stuff and unloading the wing, I
wouldn't leave earth without a reserve.
Overall (-): What fun! It'll eat up
the ham-handed but will be real treat for the 3D explorer. PPG3 pilots
only. And be careful with torqy machines in light wind. You'll be running
pretty fast and if you let yourself get twisted it will be pretty easy to
fall. That's part of why I'd recommend it only for experienced flyers.
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