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Author Topic: Blast from the past.  (Read 1102 times)
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« on: January 09, 2012, 09:33 PM »

BS'ing with the boys in chat and came across this.  Might bring back a few memories ...

newnirvana by gwtwforum, on Flickr
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 03:27 AM »

That kite initiated a 180 degree turn in many people's expectations of what a sport kite should be - how it should fly, what it should be capable of... how it should sound  Cool  Or I should say, the Nirvana and the R-Sky videos that accompanied its release.  Though many may not remember, Avia brought the CdC STX series to the US at nearly the same time, and those kites were of a similar breed.  The "French Invasion" of 2003 changed the face of sport kite flying in the US - I know the direction of my flying changed almost overnight.  Not to mention that without a Nirvana, there would have been no Machine, no Viper Sport Kites, no Sturdy Kites, nor a great many other designs that emerged in the last 10 years.

Thanks for posting this, Steve.
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012, 08:05 AM »

So did you ever figure out what a "Packaging Collector" was ?  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012, 08:26 AM »

Maybe it was the half sized padded kite sleeve, where the Nirvana with broken down leading edges and all the stuff fits in and which was part of the initial set. I found mine a few days ago accidentally
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 11:42 AM »

It was the little Velcro strap with R-sky printed on it, this was a new idea at the time too.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 11:55 AM »

Packaging Collector
It was a cheaply made plastic expandable tube.  Not sure anyone thought it was a good idea or that it was "Collectable".
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 12:48 PM »

A brand new Nirvana for only $229 US?  Where can I sign up? Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 03:44 PM »

It was a cheaply made plastic expandable tube.  Not sure anyone thought it was a good idea or that it was "Collectable".
In all fairness they had also stuck the name R-Sky on the tube in pre-cut vinyl letters.... that immediately fell off. Plus it was only suitable for the kite when broken down and the LEs slid about precariously. And the tungsten carbide weights would run off and hide given the chance too.

None of this mattered as we were only after the kite.

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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 06:53 PM »

GEES! would have loved to have been into kites back then. Looks like it was a real game changer, revolution even.... exiting times for some.. Nothing like that these days.. with the exception of better made kites we are basically at the pinnacle of freestyle kites...... time to dig out the Nirvana perhaps.
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