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Core Nexus 7m as a Wave Kite.

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Created by AndreC 26 days ago, 26 Dec 2018
AndreC
WA, 392 posts
26 Dec 2018 10:32AM
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Core Nexus Review 7m.
Ok so i was interested to try the latest Wave kites out and so I popped into Action Sports where they stock. Slingshot, Duotone, Ozone and Core Kites. My intention was to demo every wave kite from these brands. Darren suggested I try the Core Nexus as he didn't have the Section as a demo. ( I am thinking like OK I may as well get the the all rounder off the list as normally all rounders don't do anything really well but don't offend either but I am only interested Wave kites and usually all rounders are just that) OK read further I admit when I make wrong assumption.

About me- I have a Dad bod around 95kg and hate long walks on the beach. I ride Perth year round and outa town for last 10 years mostly on surfboards unstrapped. Currently riding Slingshot Waves for last 2 years and Ozones, Airush, Fone before that.
So I get to the beach its about 17 knots with a nice 1-2ft wind wave and we are setting up to go down wind.

The Pump up - You really notice hight tech materials and construction as you set this kite up. One thing that got me bit annoyed straight away is the unique pump system.yes it pumps up super fast but if I forget my pump connection WTF game over. I decided to see if I could by pass this and with a pump up with a standard connection you can actually still get it pumped up.
The Bar The bar is clean and very very light the trim line and everything is uncluttered. The bar is thinner than standard which with a different grip left me with a sore forearm I think due to the reduced leverage on the grip. In the air the bar reacts with no lag and is the most responsive setup I have flown. (Ozone Reo would be next ) . It has bridles I know some people are anti pulleys, but they short and light so not really a worry for me as the best kites I have had all used pulleys. The main thing is reducing risk of bridle wrapping on wing tip which looks hard if not impossible to do on this kite.
The BAR n lines need a mention heres COREs garb - The virtually tangle-free, no stretch, Tectanium center and steering lines are 400% more resistant to elongation and feature an unbelievable 50% greater breaking strength. To cap things off, the lines are 10% thinner and, therefore, more aerodynamic.
Also it has ceramic bearings which spin freely and are oblivious to sand so NO Line twisting at all...thats a first. Centre line is smooth and coated so no stickiness or wearing through the centre lines.

Safety- Relaunch is very responsive and the quick release drops evenly on the 2 front lines so no death looping with that. Everything else looks swish in this department.

Hows She FLY??
F%^^&* WOW. I didn't have any anticipation of liking this kite for waves and was quite ready to issue my opinion and get onto the next brand with their dedicated wave kite. The razor sharp turning with crisp smooth power and flow from multiple attack angles straight away was noticeable. This quick, light versatile kite was letting me squeeze and extra turn or quick re redirect. Still wanting to poo poo this kite I wanted to find its weakness. First port of call to test drift and stability on a wave kite is to ride towards it at speed and pull on the centre lines (because this all rounder would surely fall out of the sky and then I could move. OK so it stays in the sky and I cannot pull it out of the air and even more impressive was it allowed me to steer it out of these deliberate lags.

Dammit I am not supposed to like this kite so much. I kinda learnt to wave kite flying the kite.used love the Bandit dos back in 08 a kite, love to down loop everywhere so it really did this 10/10. Racing towards it and setting the kite to drift it rides away as fast as I can chase it meaning down line like Gnarloo this is going to be next level. I have been focusing on riding my board and drifting the kite last couple of years more and more and I feel this kite does this so well. In looping you can temper the power with large, med or small loops without getting yanked out of your bottom turn. I can't stress how important this is 10/10. Apparently there is drift wave setting I didn't even use this. Upwind the kite is very easy even on my second run in 16knots its getting me upwind. My last concern was wind range but I just flew this 7m in 25knots and its very well behaved. Unhooked its a gem although really only few guys like Ry Cracker really do it well.

Drift 8.5/10
Construction 9/10
Upwind 9/10
Responsiveness 9/10
Turning on Wave 10/10
*these numbers could have gone 10s but need to leave room for next tests

POSITIVES -Could be best kite on ground lets see after a few more tests back to back (Opinions are subjective) I really could fault anything about this kites performance. -truckload of useful tech, cutting edge materials and engineering Z Germans are renowned for this.

NEGATIVES -You need the Core Pump Connection so forget using your mates unless that have it
-Price its up there with the other premium brands however there is a truckload of useful tech, cutting edge materials and engineering to justify this
-While the bar is the lightest and most responsive I have flown my forearm is a bit sore which I think is the grip adjustment and not
- No soft ends on the bar BUt the bar is light and so impact would be reduced.

Looks- I like the clean cut Black and white...bit over the Euro nasty colour brigade some kites I have seen over last couple of years look like they are an old Jimmi Hendrix Sarong

In summary if you want a kite that can do the Matrix while to line you up perfect sections and turns. OR set and drift while you throw buckets out the back this will outperform all your expectations.
(Side Note) I messaged the team rider for CORE Rob Kidnie and he said allot of the guys are choosing the Nexus this year as their go to Wave Kite.
Also thanks to Darren at Action Sports for lending me his kite for so long and not calling the police yet. Legend!!!

Disclaimer- Before any of the Peanuts on here start on about sales and bla bla bla. I choose to support local businesses that have been positive advocates for the kite community. AND YOU SHOULD TOO these guys have been doing it tough in the retail space so I won't apologise for giving our retailer props.













Couldnt be assed taking my own photos

Gazuki
WA, 828 posts
26 Dec 2018 7:03PM
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Awesome review,.. been riding sections for a few years now and was looking at upgrading,.. will definitely have a look. Core do make great kites, can't wait!

vespa
WA, 50 posts
27 Dec 2018 6:24AM
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good review mate

Sauce
WA, 167 posts
27 Dec 2018 4:22PM
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Think you found ur calling andre

weebitbreezy
363 posts
27 Dec 2018 5:20PM
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How do you find the bar with the twist release? Different to get used to?

Did I read that correctly - its a dual front line release and not single front line?

Cygnify
QLD, 58 posts
28 Dec 2018 10:31AM
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The other amazing thing about this kite, considering how well it performs in the waves, is its performance jumping.

Although 90% of my riding is on a surfboard, when I do get on the flat water or those really average day, the Nexus jumps way higher than my Neo (and also comes down with much softer landings). Its also much more lively, and I feel much more confident with it to do freestyle tricks.

Love the build of Core kites and their bar/lines. Haven't seen any better.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
28 Dec 2018 11:16AM
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weebitbreezy said..
How do you find the bar with the twist release? Different to get used to?

Did I read that correctly - its a dual front line release and not single front line?


Yes its quite easy just maybe got to practice it couple of times so the brain remembers. Yes it goes evenly to dual line on quick release...I didnt test it but it sounds ok.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
28 Dec 2018 11:18AM
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Cygnify said..
The other amazing thing about this kite, considering how well it performs in the waves, is its performance jumping.

Although 90% of my riding is on a surfboard, when I do get on the flat water or those really average day, the Nexus jumps way higher than my Neo (and also comes down with much softer landings). Its also much more lively, and I feel much more confident with it to do freestyle tricks.

Love the build of Core kites and their bar/lines. Haven't seen any better.


Yeh thats cool...it seems to do allot well which is quite rare in a kite...They all promise that though dont they. What sizes do you have I am interested to try a bigger size like a 9m

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
28 Dec 2018 11:24AM
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Gazuki said..
Awesome review,.. been riding sections for a few years now and was looking at upgrading,.. will definitely have a look. Core do make great kites, can't wait!


Yeh cool I am looking foward to trying the Section also. I have always liked the look of the way Cores flew just hadnt jumped on one in recent years. I did try one of the original Bannanas tho

holgs
WA, 262 posts
29 Dec 2018 9:57AM
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AndreC said..
Yes it goes evenly to dual line on quick release...I didnt test it but it sounds ok.



That's not quite true. It flags one front line more than the other. Here is how Core describe it:

SUPPORTED SINGLE FRONTLINE SAFETY (SSF)Exclusive to CORE. When the Rotor quick release is activated, the kite will fully depower and come to rest in a 'drift launch-ready' position (nose to wind) until you are ready. The benefits here are twofold. The kite stays put and does not want to relaunch into the sky. And there is no pull on the lines while the kite is in 'drift launch-ready' position simplifying the process of re-engaging the Rotor quick release. So how does SSF work and why does the kite not 'turtle' and stay in the air? The answer is that the kite does not flag out on one front line or equally on 2 front lines. SSF releases 100% of the back lines and flags the kite mainly on one front line. But sufficient tension remains on the other front line to steer the kite down. So in effect, it is the slight (unequal) tension on the other front line that prevents the kite from turtling and remaining sky bound.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
29 Dec 2018 3:14PM
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holgs said..

AndreC said..
Yes it goes evenly to dual line on quick release...I didnt test it but it sounds ok.




That's not quite true. It flags one front line more than the other. Here is how Core describe it:

SUPPORTED SINGLE FRONTLINE SAFETY (SSF)Exclusive to CORE. When the Rotor quick release is activated, the kite will fully depower and come to rest in a 'drift launch-ready' position (nose to wind) until you are ready. The benefits here are twofold. The kite stays put and does not want to relaunch into the sky. And there is no pull on the lines while the kite is in 'drift launch-ready' position simplifying the process of re-engaging the Rotor quick release. So how does SSF work and why does the kite not 'turtle' and stay in the air? The answer is that the kite does not flag out on one front line or equally on 2 front lines. SSF releases 100% of the back lines and flags the kite mainly on one front line. But sufficient tension remains on the other front line to steer the kite down. So in effect, it is the slight (unequal) tension on the other front line that prevents the kite from turtling and remaining sky bound.


Oh fairy muff well defined.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
30 Dec 2018 10:02AM
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So I tried the standard lines and also the tectate no stretch lines once on 22m and once on 24m. The verdict was on short lines you want a little bit of elastic sag in the lines as it helps the kite breathe. Just the little twitches in kite movement or slack allows the air to flow through the canopy. When its to rigid it can get a bit stuck where the airflow slows down...when you have tension on and off it seems to get the kite airflow moving and more responsiveness and power ensue. Bit like when you fly over sheeted it chokes the kite...SO i would recommend keeping the Nexus on the longer lines it has a better throw angle and drifts better this way.

All this said I still dont look like Fabio in the picture



AndreC
WA, 392 posts
30 Dec 2018 10:03AM
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vespa said..
good review mate


Shanx!! Vespa

Bara
WA, 391 posts
30 Dec 2018 12:02PM
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Good review mate. Just picked up a cheap slingshot sst in the sales (not arrived yet) and wondering why you are moving on from them after 2 years andre?

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
30 Dec 2018 1:09PM
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Bara said..
Good review mate. Just picked up a cheap slingshot sst in the sales (not arrived yet) and wondering why you are moving on from them after 2 years andre?


Going to do an SST review I really love those kites. Selling my gear atm going to demo Reo, Neo, Drifter then make my mind up. ??????

DJMWA
WA, 271 posts
30 Dec 2018 1:12PM
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AndreC said..

Bara said..
Good review mate. Just picked up a cheap slingshot sst in the sales (not arrived yet) and wondering why you are moving on from them after 2 years andre?



Going to do an SST review I really love those kites. Selling my gear atm going to demo Reo, Neo, Drifter then make my mind up. ??????


Sweet, plz keep us all posted. I'll be looking at possibly moving away from the neo's next season to try something different.

Bara
WA, 391 posts
30 Dec 2018 1:23PM
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AndreC said..

Bara said..
Good review mate. Just picked up a cheap slingshot sst in the sales (not arrived yet) and wondering why you are moving on from them after 2 years andre?



Going to do an SST review I really love those kites. Selling my gear atm going to demo Reo, Neo, Drifter then make my mind up. ??????


Look forward to them. Real world reviews much more useful than the paid advertising from the pros for those of us too far from demo options.

Took a punt on the sst as like you mention I want to focus less on the active kite more on the board. Coming from TS all rounders.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
30 Dec 2018 2:19PM
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Bara said..

AndreC said..


Bara said..
Good review mate. Just picked up a cheap slingshot sst in the sales (not arrived yet) and wondering why you are moving on from them after 2 years andre?




Going to do an SST review I really love those kites. Selling my gear atm going to demo Reo, Neo, Drifter then make my mind up. ??????



Look forward to them. Real world reviews much more useful than the paid advertising from the pros for those of us too far from demo options.

Took a punt on the sst as like you mention I want to focus less on the active kite more on the board. Coming from TS all rounders.


Yup the SST lets you drive off the kite and keeps providing smooth torque as you drive towards it. Best Gnarloo Kite I have tried in all conditions. Last time we were there I was able to tack back up in the lineup at around 13kn on a 9m with only 2 other guys one on a 12m and the other about 60kg on a 10m.



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