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Author Topic: Nirvana FX (NFX) Sport  (Read 2725 times)
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« on: November 02, 2012, 05:27 PM »

Folks,

You don't hear much about this kite - not sure why, I love mine!  Smiley

Small, agile, tricky, fun, fun, fun.  Maybe you have to have some amount of experience in order to fully appreciate it?  I flew one early on when I couldn't fly or trick that well and didn't care for it, but I fully appreciate the kite now.  It is about the smallest kite that I've flown that is fully trick-capable.

It's one of the few kites that I've kept over time thats not a Lam kite! I just like its style, attitude, and looks. 

For sure, it's not as graceful in tricks as a larger kite, but its very capable and does everything that I can do pretty well actually.   With enough wind (5+), it's even a very precise flyer.  Lots of fun in higher winds - but also medium winds as well.

In any case, at its price point (around $225 I believe), it's hard to beat in my opinion.  No real modifications either - I like the stock config with just a 5g BMK barrel weight on the bottom of the spine and its good to go.

What do others think about this little kite?

Tom
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 08:45 PM »

I flew one.. Not sure which flavor Manga or Extend I think.

I was surprised by how much I did not like it.

It flew about the same as a full size Niv which is not what I am looking for in a smaller kite.

In fairness, it was one of those alternate versions which had that framing that R-Sky was pushing for awhile. I never got on with those sticks.

What were they called again?

Anyway, the STD might be great.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 11:44 PM »

What do others think about this little kite?
More importantly, what does Lam think about you spending time with other kites ?  Huh

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2012, 04:19 PM »

I flew one.. Not sure which flavor Manga or Extend I think.

I was surprised by how much I did not like it.


I too, was surprised by how much I didn't like the Extend version.  Seemed to behave okay once the wind picked up, but had a mind of its own in light winds. 

I flew Richard Debray's NFX Sport at Dieppe a couple of years ago and couldn't believe how different his was.  On his advice I replaced the 6mm pultruded leading edges on mine with P90 Skysharks and changed from the standard 3 point to a reverse turbo bridle.  It turned into a lovely kite.

But earlier this year I replaced it with a NSE15 - beautiful kite!
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2012, 04:31 PM »

I'm a little confused.   The NFX Sport is completely different from either the Manga or Extend, correct?

Also the NFX (non sport) also differs from the Sport, correct?



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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2012, 06:40 PM »

The sport has a better frame and an icarex sail. I reframed an NFX sail with 5PT lower spreaders and P200 leading edges and this made a BIG diiference. I also added 5g extra on the tail and it's a much better kite like this.

I think R sky don't do the sails justice with the lower spec frames. The NSE and the toxic are examples of this with 6mm frames and p300 lower spreaders. Roll Eyes Once you've got the framing right they are brilliant !  Nitro LS on the NSE and 5pt LS on the toxic make these kites great  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012, 10:33 PM »

I have a NFX sport and I love the little bugger, it is as Tom says fun fun fun. I have put 6 grams on the tail and installed a leech line to keep it quiet. Keeps me from getting noticed as couple of years ago the local council slapped a ban on kite flying at my beach. Way to dangerous.... mind you I have had no fatalities or even injuries and have only ever had one complaint. This was the old nark who hassles every one. He was picked up by the police a couple years ago for taking pictures of girls in swim suits, without asking. so complaints from him tend to be ignored. The short answer as to why is "insurance". I have managed to campaign successfully to have a season for flying on my beach and reopen most of the other local beaches for kite flying. I have ignored the ban at MY beach as I fly when it is appropriate. If it is crowded I have a swim and go home. Where was I... yes I will now get off my soapbox. The NFX is a great kite, tricky and yes good precision. It does go pretty low but it is a hoot with a good breeze. The NFX Std has a nylon sail while the sport is icarex. I really like mine and usually fly it in high winds when any thing else would be silly, once the NFX gets silly the minigem comes out and that is hysterical. I like mine!
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 06:26 AM »

My cobalt one is quite nice. I like it better than my NSE or 15 by far. I bought it on Toms suggestion and he was right.
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