Prior to 1999, NZ Aerosports was the only manufacturer of 21 cell Cross-Braced ZP canopies on the market; a position we held for five years. Even without the goliath marketing power of some manufacturers, we carved ourselves a leading position in the high-performance market, consistently winning canopy swooping competitions.
We realised that the superior performance of the Icarus EXTreme-FX would not be ignored for long by our competitors. Our design became the benchmark in high-performance, with other manufacturers producing their own versions to keep up. We were constantly striving for the 'next step' in high performance, in order to retain and solidly state our market position as the 'leaders in canopy design'.
Jumpers have known for years that 9-cell canopies out perform 7-cells. 27 cells out perform 21 cells in exactly the same way… and the EXTreme-VX 27-cell Elliptical X-braced Tri-cell is the undisputed highest performing canopy on the planet!
The VX enjoys many of the same design features as the FX including constant aspect ratio varying cell widths, a fully formed nose, and zero dynamic distortion. The pack volume is around 5% greater than the FX or 25% greater than a conventionally constructed 9-cell. This is easily overcome with even smaller sizing as the canopy begs to be loaded at least five to ten percent more heavily than the FX.
The extra rigidity in the canopy through both narrower cell spans and broader angles in the cross braces gives the canopy an even crisper more ridged feel - even more than the EXTreme-FX.
Bulge distortion is minimized dramatically, with the canopy retaining its shape so well that any cross section of the canopy will show a maximum airfoil distortion of only 8.75% from the desired shape. This compares to 11.5% on 21 cell X-Braced designs and over 20% on conventional 9-cells.
The VX does not replace the FX. It is primarily a competition wing; designed to swoop massive distances and fly at ballistic speeds for turf-surf purists whose prime objective is to grasp the last shred of performance from their canopy.
As with all our canopies, the VX is available in any size you choose.
We recommend wing-loadings from 1.8 PSF to 2.4 PSF