Erin and I where lucky enough to be invited out to Cape Verde to test the all new CORE NEXUS before we take stock. Conditions couldn’t have been better to test a variety of kite sizes and setups along with having the added advantage of the designers and pro riders who shared invaluable information on the Nexus kite. Checkout my short review on the Nexus.
Out of the bag you instantly see the similarities with the Section and GTS series of kites with the 3 strut and open c-shape design. The graphics look typically Core that ooze class and style, the new triangular pattern on the wingtips help you recognise the Nexus from its older brothers, Section and GTS series. The Nexus has the instantly recognisable Core build quality and features all the tuning settings that make the Core kites so individual such as the CIT and short bridle system.
IN THE AIR
The Nexus has been designed to sit in the middle of the Section2 and GTS4 models giving the rider a taste of both worlds. At the presentation before riding the kite i was a tad sceptical if this would work but after an hour of riding and getting dialled into the kite I was convinced. The Nexus has the perfect amount of bar pressure and turning speed that can be easily toned up or down by simply adjusting the knots at the CIT bridle system. These fast, small adjustments made such a difference with the characteristics of the kite which made it easy to setup for any wind condition that occurred throughout the days. The first two days I tried it as a freeride/freestyle kite using boots, straps and a variety of different bars. My favourite setup was with straps, a 137 board and the Sensor Pro bar with 22m lines, the kite has the perfect amount of feedback and gives you confidence to boost, loop and just enjoy your riding. The Nexus is definitely not as technically demanding as the GTS series which I feel is perfect for any intermediate and first time kiters but don’t make the mistake and think that this isn’t good enough for advanced rider’s, its got more than enough about it to keep the most experienced surf, freeride and freestyle riders happy its just so happens to be extremely user friendly.
On a surfboard the Nexus behaved very well with nice smooth predictable turns, powerful but subtle downloops and loads of upwards pull while you’re in the middle of you gybes. The Nexus drifts perfectly while you are attacking the wave and is responsive when you want it to engage, again this is something that can be easily tuned with the CIT and back line systems which really do change they way the kite feels through the bar.
On first inspection i did feel that it might be a little difficult to relaunch due to the unique Nexus wingtip design but again I was wrong. The short bridle system really does help the Nexus get back up onto it’s tip then effortlessly in the air without forcefully pulling you through the water. The construction of the kite and materials used have kept the kites weight down to as little as possible helping in water relaunch and turning speed. This also helps when going for a few loops which are exciting and encourage you to go for more.
Ok so it was a little hard on how to word my conclusion of the Nexus so I thought i’d use myself as an example of what type of rider this fits. After being involved with kiting for over 10yrs I’ve finally accepted the fact I’m not 21 and can’t go for passes or be bothered to ride boots every session so this is where the Nexus fits in. I much prefer going out for a ride that is much more freeride orientated with some sessions ending with a play on a surfboard. My technical ability in kiting isn’t good enough to ride kites such as the GTS4 and IMPACT2 but once I’ve dropped the ego and know that I can enjoy my riding more and find the right kite for me which is the Nexus. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a step back but more of a realisation that kiting doesn’t have to be so difficult, the Nexus gave me more and more confidence to go for the pass, loop or downloop gybe each time i rode it and thats’s what works for me. This kite is simply a do it all kite that works for absolutely everyone. If you’re all out surfboard or foil riding then yes go for the Section2, if you’re doing passes and big kiteloops go for the GTS4 and finally big air get the XR5 but if you’re like me and want a bit of everything the Nexus is the kite for you.