Sizes Available: 15, 17m
Sizes Tested: 17m

Core Says:

Meet the multi-talented Universal+ Series Nexus LW with fully customizable handling. An athletic kite that is never too cool to learn a new trick. Whether it’s on your favorite surfboard or twintip, the Nexus brings exceptional versatility to wave and freestyle riding.

Amazing things happened when we spliced the genes of the GTS4 and Section 2 into the Nexus. Take for example the Nexus’ CIT, the fancy acronym behind the kite’s adjustable handling modes. It lets you finetune the kite’s power and turn radius. Akkie likes his megaloops big and powerful, so he selects the CIT’s freestyle setting whereas Willow prefers the wave mode for tighter loops (on his bottom turns). The wave mode also makes the kite turn faster, increases depower and doesn’t pull you off your strapless board. We can’t forget to mention the CIT’s standard setting. In allround mode, the Nexus pulls a little more, increases hangtime (woohoo!), and turns a little slower. Perfect behaviors for newer kiters, and anyone who prefers a more relaxed riding style.

The all-new Nexus inherits many of CORE’s best innovations including its linear power delivery, three strut frame, and Radical Reaction Tips from the GTS. It also acquired the incredible handling, huge wind range, and Surf Profile from the Section 2.

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TKB Says:

The Core Nexus is all new for this year and features a low to medium aspect canopy with three struts and fairly sweptback wingtips with a single batton on the trailing edge of each side. The Nexus features Core’s proprietary inflation valve that requires a normal size pump hose without an attachment on the end to be inserted into the valve and rotated to lock. With the large size aperture the kite inflates very quickly and the valve stays closed until you pull a 2.5 inch plastic finger (hidden in a pocket of the center strut and attached by a small tether) into the valve to allow the air to deflate. The wingtip features three settings which are labeled as ‘super easy, easy, medium’ and the front bridle features three settings to adjust between wave, all around, and freestyle. The front bridle pivots on three pulleys and the center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loop.

We found that the Nexus is one of those kites that features an immense amount of grunt in the 17m size. All this pull comes with a fairly progressive sheet in and go feel which is relatively forgiving against over sheeting and the power delivery felt fairly uniform and predictable as you sheeted in. We did notice that in order to get full depower out of the kite in the bar’s throw, we did need to adjust the depower to take full advantage of the kite’s depower ability. The Nexus feels like it wants to pull from a little deeper in the window and at this size, does have a substantial amount of pull in the center of the window which requires some solid edging for upwind riding. We also found the steering response to be solid but there was a bit of windup which is to be expected with a kite in the 17m range. Accelerating through the turn, the Nexus looped a little bit faster the deeper it got into the turn. Unlike some performance freeride kites that fly forward in the window, the Nexus feels a bit more like your general freeride kite with a pivot style turn, just in a much larger size. We found the Nexus steering to be fast enough to access the power while keeping the kite in the heat of the power zone. In terms of boosting, it moves fast enough to build some good load and release into some solid sent airs. We were impressed by the amount of lift because we found, even at 17m large, we were able to steer it fast enough to load and release. We can definitely recommend this kite to someone wanting to progress their jumping game in light wind or someone who wants their light wind weapon to feel a bit more like their every day freeride kite.

The Nexus came with the Sensor 2S bar which is a dual adjustable length bar (46/52 cm) that comes equipped with a double PU-coated spectra sheeting/throw line, replaceable plastic insert, no sliding stopper and a non-removable donkey dick. This year the bar features a single center-line safety depower with a high V and an above bar depower custom Clamcleat with a Velcro tuning handle to keep the depower control toggle from tangling. Core bars have long been known for their twisting quick release with auto swivel (S-System) that doubles as a quick release guard and integrates ceramic bearings for longevity. The length of sheeting/throw can be adjusted for varying arm lengths of kiters or the type of riding. The non-molded foam floats are connected to the bar ends with the tips of the bar being hard. While the outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning, the bar ends are easily swapped between by 46/52cm by changing to a separate knot on the bar end. We love the bar’s simplicity with its medium plush stamped grip, its fairly narrow diameter and its small but sufficient bar end winders with non-retractable bungee. The Sensor 2S is an amazingly feature rich bar designed into a compact and lightweight package.

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