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jbrodin
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Re: Evo SLS or Nexus2 or ?, 9m

Postby jbrodin » Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:31 pm

To give a little update: I am very happy with my Nexus 2 9m2. I use it exclusively on TT on windy days (for hydrofoil I have Peak4s that I prefer). The Nexus is an excellent free-ride/boosting kite, very quick, great for loops and super good at gusts and handling a LOT of wind. The only downside is the low-end. Compared to other 9m kites it is not powerful, so for that reason I opted for testing a 12m2 Crazyfly Sculp to fulfill the twintip quiver.

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Re: Evo SLS or Nexus2 or ?, 9m

Postby bkkite » Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:34 am

I've been riding Core XR4s and 5s the past couple years, and I just switched to the Nexus 2, I've also ridden a Evo (but not the SLS). I also only rode the Evo on a twin tip... so it's not a perfect comparison, I found the Evo to turn quite a bit faster than the XR, but it didn't boost as high. I liked how playful it was, but I didn't really test out how well it drifted or looped.

The Nexus 2 I got because I'm foiling and surfing a lot more these days. Compare to the XR it's a lot faster, it drifts way better, and the down loops are less grunty and more predictable. I'm loving them, and switching over from the XRs. I find the boosting to be pretty fun, and not a huge drop from the XR, it just takes more technique to be able to get as much air. The biggest difference is the XR really floats on the way down, the Nexus 2 comes down faster and needs some kite movement to stay floating... it was a fun surprise the first couple times, but now I'm feeling really good about jumping on the Nexus 2. I have a 9m, and I'm about to get the 12m. I got an xlite 12m as well, which is a single strut kite with the shape of the Nexus, and I love it, I can foil in it sub 10mph / 9knots...

The Nexus 2 does have less power than the XR (which is more of a high performance delta kite, so it makes sense), it noticeable enough where I can go out on a 9m XR and be overpowered, and go out on the 9m Nexus and be a bit underpowered. Hope that helps!

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Re: Evo SLS or Nexus2 or ?, 9m

Postby dericcio2 » Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:04 am

it s not always a downside.

how much do you weight?
what is lowend for you?
jbrodin wrote:
Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:31 pm
To give a little update: I am very happy with my Nexus 2 9m2. I use it exclusively on TT on windy days (for hydrofoil I have Peak4s that I prefer). The Nexus is an excellent free-ride/boosting kite, very quick, great for loops and super good at gusts and handling a LOT of wind. The only downside is the low-end. Compared to other 9m kites it is not powerful, so for that reason I opted for testing a 12m2 Crazyfly Sculp to fulfill the twintip quiver.

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Re: Evo SLS or Nexus2 or ?, 9m

Postby jbrodin » Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:24 am

dericcio2 wrote:
Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:04 am
it s not always a downside.

how much do you weight?
what is lowend for you?
jbrodin wrote:
Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:31 pm
To give a little update: I am very happy with my Nexus 2 9m2. I use it exclusively on TT on windy days (for hydrofoil I have Peak4s that I prefer). The Nexus is an excellent free-ride/boosting kite, very quick, great for loops and super good at gusts and handling a LOT of wind. The only downside is the low-end. Compared to other 9m kites it is not powerful, so for that reason I opted for testing a 12m2 Crazyfly Sculp to fulfill the twintip quiver.

The 9m2 Nexus 2 is definitely not a light-wind kite. I can probably stay upwind from 16 knots (I weigh 75 kg), but the fun starts at 18. On the bright side I have yet to experience not being able to handle gusts or sudden unexpected high wind.

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Re: Evo SLS or Nexus2 or ?, 9m

Postby flipper231 » Sat Dec 31, 2022 6:32 pm

bkkite wrote:
Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:34 am
I've been riding Core XR4s and 5s the past couple years, and I just switched to the Nexus 2, I've also ridden a Evo (but not the SLS). I also only rode the Evo on a twin tip... so it's not a perfect comparison, I found the Evo to turn quite a bit faster than the XR, but it didn't boost as high. I liked how playful it was, but I didn't really test out how well it drifted or looped.

The Nexus 2 I got because I'm foiling and surfing a lot more these days. Compare to the XR it's a lot faster, it drifts way better, and the down loops are less grunty and more predictable. I'm loving them, and switching over from the XRs. I find the boosting to be pretty fun, and not a huge drop from the XR, it just takes more technique to be able to get as much air. The biggest difference is the XR really floats on the way down, the Nexus 2 comes down faster and needs some kite movement to stay floating... it was a fun surprise the first couple times, but now I'm feeling really good about jumping on the Nexus 2. I have a 9m, and I'm about to get the 12m. I got an xlite 12m as well, which is a single strut kite with the shape of the Nexus, and I love it, I can foil in it sub 10mph / 9knots...

The Nexus 2 does have less power than the XR (which is more of a high performance delta kite, so it makes sense), it noticeable enough where I can go out on a 9m XR and be overpowered, and go out on the 9m Nexus and be a bit underpowered. Hope that helps!
Hello, did you try the xlite with a TT? They make a 13.5, I was wondering if it was worth it as an insurance when traveling. Seems to pack small and light for those windy places where you might need it to save a session or two. If not more powerfull than the Nexus then it is a better choice to just bring the Nexus 13.5. I was hoping to do Nexus3 15, Xlite 13.5 or 12, N3 10 and N27m.

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Re: Evo SLS or Nexus2 or ?, 9m

Postby bkkite » Sat Jan 21, 2023 8:58 pm

flipper231 wrote:
Sat Dec 31, 2022 6:32 pm
bkkite wrote:
Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:34 am
I've been riding Core XR4s and 5s the past couple years, and I just switched to the Nexus 2, I've also ridden a Evo (but not the SLS). I also only rode the Evo on a twin tip... so it's not a perfect comparison, I found the Evo to turn quite a bit faster than the XR, but it didn't boost as high. I liked how playful it was, but I didn't really test out how well it drifted or looped.

The Nexus 2 I got because I'm foiling and surfing a lot more these days. Compare to the XR it's a lot faster, it drifts way better, and the down loops are less grunty and more predictable. I'm loving them, and switching over from the XRs. I find the boosting to be pretty fun, and not a huge drop from the XR, it just takes more technique to be able to get as much air. The biggest difference is the XR really floats on the way down, the Nexus 2 comes down faster and needs some kite movement to stay floating... it was a fun surprise the first couple times, but now I'm feeling really good about jumping on the Nexus 2. I have a 9m, and I'm about to get the 12m. I got an xlite 12m as well, which is a single strut kite with the shape of the Nexus, and I love it, I can foil in it sub 10mph / 9knots...

The Nexus 2 does have less power than the XR (which is more of a high performance delta kite, so it makes sense), it noticeable enough where I can go out on a 9m XR and be overpowered, and go out on the 9m Nexus and be a bit underpowered. Hope that helps!
Hello, did you try the xlite with a TT? They make a 13.5, I was wondering if it was worth it as an insurance when traveling. Seems to pack small and light for those windy places where you might need it to save a session or two. If not more powerfull than the Nexus then it is a better choice to just bring the Nexus 13.5. I was hoping to do Nexus3 15, Xlite 13.5 or 12, N3 10 and N27m.
Sorry for the slow reply! I have ridden the 12m Xlite on a twin tip and on a surfboard. On the lighter wind sessions, there just wasn't enough grunt to get my heavy ass going (220lbs). I did ride it once way over powered, and I was pretty impressed without it held up. I was in 22-28mph, so really getting pulled on the gusts, and the Xlite surprisingly held its own. The small wrinkle in your plan is that the 13.5, while smaller than a regular large kite, probably pulls more like a regular 12m... so it probably depends heavily on your weight


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