Episode 83- Ziad Bassil and Dust of the Universe

Ziad Bassil is someone most pilots who have gear questions already know. His blog the “Dust of the Universe” is probably (definitely?) the most comprehensive independent gear testing site on Earth. He does it solely for pleasure and is PROLIFIC. If it flies, he flies it and then gives his many, many followers his opinions.

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Two Flights, One Opinion- a Review of the Niviuk IcePeak 7 Pro

I had only one day left in Colombia and the weather looked perfect. Jared Anderson and I and a bunch of other pilots headed up to a launch I’d never used. I unpacked the wing, and much to my amazement and many other curious pilots the first thing I noticed was the lack of lines. Only two A’s on each riser, only 6 lines in total. And the badger bars were MUCH higher than they had been on the 6. The higher aspect was evident in the wider, slimmer profile but it wasn’t until I got airborne (silly easy to launch by the way) that I noticed the absolutely tiny air inlets in the shark nose. You could see that the wing pressurizes instantly but must be incredibly efficient through the air as there must be little to no exchange of air.

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