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Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

Jan-12

A resource for information and tips on kite boarding.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
Frequency:
Back issue only
£3.61

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ratings

Size Tested: 8 meter Sizes Available: 8, 11 meter Price Range: $1,499–$1,599 Bar Length: 45–55 cm (adjustable) Line Length: 22 meter What We Liked: Testers noted this as one of most powerful kites for its size with nice turning, good bar pressure, and the right feel for unhooking. Buyer Beware: Powerful, yet when overpowered it could have used more depower. Best Suits: Kiters with an aggressive riding style or who may like the feel of a C-kite. Other Highlights: The Judge was super powerful for its size and was a favorite for those who dared to throw a kiteloop. Came with a nice backpack big enough to fit two kites, a small and large chicken loop and a bonus set of 18-meter lines. power 7.7 range 6.8 bar pressure 8 range of bar 7 boost and hang time 7 turning ability and speed 8.4 relaunch…

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Size Tested: 9 meter Sizes Available: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 meters Price Range: $1,189–$1,669 Bar Length: 45–55 cm (adjustable) Line Length: 25 meter What We Liked: The depower on this kite was smooth and offered a huge range. Felt super safe and took the gusts like a champ Buyer Beware: Some testers claimed this kite was missing the attributes of a high-end aggressive kite. Best Suits: Riders of all levels. Other Highlights: This three-strut kite held its shape perfectly. It was also lightweight and folded into a small package. Our safety-conscious tester stated, “Not only is this a great kite for all riders, it relaunched like a dream. I wish I could have learned on it!” power 9.6 range 9.3 bar pressure 9 range of bar 8.6 boost and hang time 8.3 turning ability and speed 9 relaunch 9.5 safety 8.5 overall impression of…

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Size Tested: 10 meter Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15 meter Price Range: $1,528–$1,998 Bar Length: 45 cm Line Length: 24 meter What We Liked: Good clean pull and handled gusts nicely. You will notice the shape of the kite seems more round that others, which was advantageous when relaunching. Buyer Beware: The bar offered a micro hook instead of a stopper ball. Micro hooks seem so old-school. Be sure you know what you are doing before locking into that baby. Best Suits: Riders of all levels Other Highlights: Above the bar depower was accessible and easy to use. power 8 range 8 bar pressure 7.7 range of bar 7.5 boost and hang time 8 turning ability and speed 8 relaunch 8.5 safety 7.2 overall impression of bar 7.7 overall impression of kite 7.7 TOTAL 78.5…

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Size Tested: 10.5 meter Sizes Available: 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 14, 16 meter Price Range: $937–$1,208 Bar Length: 53 cm Line Length: 20 meter plus 5-meter extensions What We Liked: Powerful, very powerful. When this kite was tested in lighter winds it had the best low end of the bunch Buyer Beware: Bridle seemed longer than usual and a bit “old school.” Stock setting seemed to have too much back-line tension, so take the time to get this dialed into the proper settings. Best Suits: This kite best suits riders looking for a kite in the low price range that isn't looking for a kite with the highest-end performance in the market, yet can still offer great low-end boost and power. Other Highlights: Offered the ability to adjust power and depower, turning speed and bar pressure to suit…

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Size Tested: 10 meter Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 meter Price Range: $1,399–$1,899 Bar Length: 45–51 cm (adjustable) Line Length: 20 meter; 9 meter and larger have 4-meter extensions What We Liked: The Park is the perfect name for this kite. With its super light bar pressure, it was easy to lock into one spot and steer with one hand for a fun “park and ride” kite. Very friendly bar. Buyer Beware: The Park favors stability and predictability over high wind depower. Best Suits: Riders who like a C-kite feel. Other highlights: The three-strut Park offers a nice combination of a C-kite feel yet still has more depower than a traditional C-kite. power 8.4 range 6.4 bar pressure 7.8 range of bar 7.4 boost and hang time 6.6 turning ability and speed 6.4 relaunch 7.5 safety 8.5 overall impression of bar…

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Size Tested: 9 meter Sizes Available: 7, 9, 12 meter Price Range: $1,400—$1,600 Bar Length: 48–52 cm (adjustable) Line Length: 25 meter What We Liked: A fantastic kitelooping kite. Powerful yet not overwhelming The Mutiny was easy to steer with one hand and had the boost feel of a C-kite. Buyer Beware: This is a five-line kite, which takes a little extra time to set up, but some say it is worth the added safety benefit. Best Suits: Intermediate to advance riders. This felt like a high-performance kite that unhooked well and looped like a king. Other Highlights: This is a fast-turning kite with very light bar pressure, which some testers loved and others had to get use to the light feel. power 7.6 range 7.6 bar pressure 8.2 range of bar 7.8 boost and hang time 7.4 turning ability and speed 7.6 relaunch 7.5 safety…