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Icarus - Extreme VX

The Next Step is Here.... Prior to 1999 Icarus Canopies were out on our own for 6 years, having the only 21 cell Cross-Braced ZP canopies on the market. 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 always knew that the superior performance of the Icarus EXTreme-FX would not be ignored by other canopy manufacturers. Our design would become the benchmark in high-performance and other manufacturers would produce their own versions to keep up. With this in mind we kept working on the 'next step' in high performance, so that we could retain and solidly state our position in the market as the 'leaders in canopy design'. The EXTreme-VX is a 27-cell Elliptical X-braced Tri-cell and is the undisputed highest performing canopy on the planet! Jumpers have known for years that 9-cell canopies out perform 7-cells. 27 cells out perform 21 cells just the same. The VX enjoys many of the same design features as the FX with constant aspect ratio varying cell widths, a fully formed nose, zero dynamic distortion etc. 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 to the point that the canopy is held so well into shape that any cross section of the canopy will show a maximum airfoil distortion of only 8.75% from the desired shape. (compared 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 those turf surf purists whose prime objective is to wean the last available 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 Backed by Icarus Canopies 'EXCLUSIVE' 31 Day Satisfaction Guarantee

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