Kitesurfing Kites Reviews

Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Razor 10m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Razor 10m 2020
Ocean Rodeo Razor

Canadian kite brand Ocean Rodeo have a full range of kites, and we have been riding their freestyle specific Razor. The Razor is designed for those more experienced riders who focus almost entirely on high-end freestyle and high-velocity loops. The Razor is interestingly a four-strut kite, which is not something we have seen for a few years. It has a…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Boxer 10m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Boxer 10m 2020
Naish Kiteboarding Boxer

The new Boxer from Naish is a big statement from the brand in the one strut kite market. Damien Girardin has been working on this design for several years now, if you remember the no-strut Trip kite which was incredibly light and perfect for travelling the Boxer now fills that brief and then some. By using a single strut, the…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Hyperlink V2 11m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Hyperlink V2 11m 2020
Ozone Hyperlink V2

Ozone have been the brand to watch of late, this dedicated small group of passionate riders have been pumping out incredible products for a long time. In recent years their innovation seems to have taken things up a notch or two. The Hyperlink is a case in point. Launched a couple of years ago, the kite aimed to bridge the…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Carve 7m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Carve 7m 2020
North Kiteboarding Carve

The Carve from North Kiteboarding is a three strut wave kite; the clue is in the name, designed to offer fast turning, excellent drift and impressive depower. Suitable for both strapless freestyle and waves it’s the kite in the range you want to be looking at if you spend your days with a surfboard beneath your feet. It’s a medium…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Orbit 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Orbit 9m 2020
North Kiteboarding Orbit

We had seen a few prototypes of this kite being used by the likes of Jesse Richman and Nick Jacobsen at the King Of The Air in South Africa. The Orbit is as the name suggests, is a freeride and big air kite for boosting. It’s a 5-strut design with a high aspect swept wingtip design and a flattish profile.…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Sculp 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Sculp 9m 2020
CrazyFly Sculp

One of CrazyFly’s longest standing kites, the Sculp is back for 2020 as part of their line up. An all-rounder, it has been designed with freeride, freestyle and foil riding in mind. The 2020 Sculp houses 3 struts, a flat delta shape and a higher aspect ratio for increased forward drive and power delivery. The kite itself is made using…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 12m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 12m 2020
Eleveight Kites RS

Eleveight’s all-round freeride kite the RS, is back again for 2020 complementing their five kite line up as the freeride/crossover model. Designed for use by a range of people in an array of disciplines, it would suit those riders who do not wish to be locked into a certain style. The RS features 3 struts, a simple bridle, effective 1-pump…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Drifter 8m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Drifter 8m 2020
Cabrinha Drifter

Cabrinha have been producing the Drifter for what seems like forever, and it’s long been considered a fantastic wave kite. The weapon of choice for wave seeker Keahi de Aboitiz and the rest of the pro wave team it offers a dynamic flying experience with plenty of drift, the clue is in the name as it were. This year, Cabrinha…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo 9m 2020
DUOTONE Neo

One of the most successful wave kites in the business is back again, the Neo really needs no , but I’ll do my best anyway. The choice of champions, Airton Cozzolino and Matchu Lopes as well as the rest of the Duotone team the Neo has some pedigree. It’s still a three strut design packed with features like the Trinity…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S 8m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S 8m 2020
F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S

This year sees the most significant change to one of the most iconic kites in the history of kiteboarding! The Bandit now becomes the Bandit S and the Bandit 2020. In previous years the Bandit range was effectively three kites in one, the smaller sizes were aimed at the wave rider, the medium sizes were all about freeride and boosting,…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Flite 14.5m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Flite 14.5m 2019
Ocean Rodeo Flite

Most brands have a light wind offering these days, and the Ocean Rodeo Flite has been around for a while. Available in five sizes 8, 10, 12, 14.5 and 17. Those smaller sizes give you an idea of the flavour here. This isn’t just a big light wind kite, it’s a kite that is designed to perform, regardless. The Flite…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Dash 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Dash 10m 2019
Naish Kiteboarding Dash

Naish Kiteboarding have bought out another stellar line up for the coming season with equipment for pretty much every eventuality. The Dash sits in the gang between freestyle weapon, the Torch, and new kid on the freeride block, the Triad. The Dash is a freestyle kite but with the boosting and looping ability we now see on the more freeride…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot SST 8m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot SST 8m 2019
Slingshot SST

The SST is one of Slingshot’s key models for the 2019 season. Originally the Wave SST, Slingshot have found this kite to be so adaptive that they have rebranded this model to suit a variety of styles. Now coming to us as the wave, foil, freeride crossover. A 3-strut compact C shape kite with features such as the Slingshot IRS…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Odo Kiteboarding YO 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Odo Kiteboarding YO 9m 2019
Odo Kiteboarding YO

Odo Kiteboarding started in 2014; they set out as a group of wave riders aiming to develop new products for the strapless market. We recently got our hands on their YO kite. The YO is a 3-strut medium aspect kite aimed at excelling in the wave, strapless freestyle and freeride markets. The YO is packed with technology and construction features…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Reo V5 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Reo V5 9m 2019
Ozone Reo V5

Building on the success of the Reo V4, the Ozone Reo is back in version 5 (V5) to make its mark once again as one of the top performing wave riding specific kites. The main structure of the kite has stayed the same with 3 struts, large inflate/deflate valve with 1 pump, a pulley-less bridle system and direct line attachments.…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Hyper 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Hyper 9m 2019
CrazyFly Hyper

An entirely new kite for 2019 from CrazyFly, the Hyper sits in their range as a high performing freeride and big air specialist. This seems to be a new big trend within kitesurfing, and it is great to see brands moving with the wants and needs of the riders. The Hyper is a 5-strut kite, with a high aspect ratio…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Amp V1 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Amp V1 9m 2019
Ozone Amp V1

An entirely new kite from Ozone, the Amp has been designed for those dedicated freestyle and park riders who need a tool to help them progress. Featuring 5 struts, a mid to high aspect ratio, both 4 and 5 line options and a C kite shaped design, the Amp has all the attributes to keep you at the top of…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites NV v9 12m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites NV v9 12m 2019
Liquid Force Kites NV v9

With a wakeboarding background Liquid Force make some awesome boards and have some seriously good kites in the stable to compliment them too. One model that has undergone another refinement and update is the NV v9. The NV v9 is a 3-strut high performance freestyle kite that aims to excel at freeride and wakestyle too. For the 9th version the…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Evo 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Evo 9m 2019
DUOTONE Evo

The Evo from Duotone has a long heritage as the go-to all-rounder. First appearing in 2008, the Evo has come a long way since then. Still holding its Delta design, the kite has been refined over the past decade to become a genuine all-rounder for beginners and experts alike. The Evo features 3 Fusion struts, which allows for controlled distribution…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Dice 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Dice 9m 2019
DUOTONE Dice

Just in case you haven’t heard the news, all your favourite North Kiteboarding products are now being produced by Duotone. Same riders, same designers, same team and the same great products, just with a new look and a new name on the fabric. The Dice has been around for years now and has an army of fans who I am…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Alpha V1 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Alpha V1 10m 2019
Ozone Alpha V1

Another genre of kite we are seeing boom recently is the single strut. Single strut kites are a brilliant addition to your quiver, or even replacements for your quiver. They tend to be very lightweight, pack down much smaller for traveling, have huge amounts of depower and many are now performing incredibly well. Ozone have the Uno which is a…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Moto 12m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Moto 12m 2019
Cabrinha Moto

Recently we have had our hands on some of the 2019 Cabrinha gear. For 2019 we see a few models disappear and some new additions throughout the lineup, one of the most exciting is the new Moto. The Cabrinha Moto is a 3 strut, versatile freeride crossover kite. With many kites in their range targeting certain disciplines, the Moto is…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 9m 2019
Eleveight Kites RS

Eleveight have been on our radar for a couple of years, but it is for 2019 where they jump in with the big boys with a full line up of kites and boards. We had the all-round RS on test this issue and, as always, were excited to get our hands on gear from a new brand. The RS is…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Rally 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Rally 9m 2019
Slingshot Rally

The Slingshot Rally is an institution in kiteboarding. One of the longest standing all-round kites, it has die hard fans the world over who use it for all sorts of kiting endeavours. Suited to those who are just beginning in kitesurfing to those who have a decade of riding under their belts, the Rally will do it all with power…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit Xll 7m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit Xll 7m 2019
F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit Xll

The Bandit has been a mainstay of the F-one line up for now over a decade. A do it all kite, it has changed from a prominent delta style to now a more C style delta kite with square wing tips, three struts and a compact bridle system. 2018 saw quite a major overhaul of the kite, and for 2019…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Prodigy 6 9.5m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Prodigy 6 9.5m 2019
Ocean Rodeo Prodigy 6

Canadian kitesurfing players Ocean Rodeo bring their all-around favourite ‘The Prodigy’ back for round 6. A kite designed to be a genuine all-rounder, the Prodigy features an incredibly lightweight design for increased low-end use. Three struts and only essential reinforcements in critical areas keep the weight down low for better low-end performance and ease of use while travelling. There is…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding Impact 2 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding Impact 2 9m 2019
CORE Kiteboarding Impact 2

Core Kiteboarding produces some seriously good kite gear, with models like the XR5, GTS5 and more. They like to cater for everyone, so there is always going to be something to suit your needs in their range. This issue we are taking a look at their freestyle and wakestyle weapon the Impact 2. In its second generation, this 5-line full…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Airush Wave V8 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Airush Wave V8 9m 2019
Airush Wave V8

The Wave V8 is back for 2019 as part of Airush’s extensive kite line up. Dedicated entirely to those who seek the kite to shred all manner of waves in all conditions, it has been fine-tuned for maximum response, drift and stability. The Wave houses 3 struts, is of moderate aspect ratio, and uses the Airush Load Frame V4 for…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding GTS5 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding GTS5 9m 2019
CORE Kiteboarding GTS5

The all-around freestyler from CORE is back for the 5th time as the GTS5. Favoured by their pro team for looping and boosting, we were excited to get our hands on this new version. The GTS5 is a 3-strut kite, which has a Future C shape design and a new short bridle system with a double pulley on each side.…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Odo Kiteboarding K1 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Odo Kiteboarding K1 9m 2019
Odo Kiteboarding K1

New to the kitesurf game, Odo kiteboarding have impressed us so far with their YO kite, so we were very excited to get the more all-around/freestyle orientated kite, the K1 out on test this issue. The K1 has been designed as an all-around kite for use in a wide range of styles and conditions. The kite has 3 struts, a…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot RPM 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot RPM 10m 2019
Slingshot RPM

One of the original 3 strut high performing hybrid kites, the RPM is synonymous with power, performance and success. Designed for riders in average conditions who need a kite to keep up with their progression, all the way through to World Champions who need a kite they can, quite literally, pay the bills with. The 2019 RPM has had some…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Airush Union V4 12m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Airush Union V4 12m 2019
Airush Union V4

The Union from Airush made a huge impression when it first appeared a few years ago, and the 4th version of the popular kite is no less impressive, and we predict will be no less popular. A 3 strut all-round kite, it has been designed as the first and last kite you should ever need for the weekend warrior and…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo 9m 2019
DUOTONE Neo

The Duotone Neo needs no , but I’ll give it one anyway, this kite has been at the forefront of wave kite design for a long time. It’s won countless events and titles and is the weapon of choice for all the Duotone wave team. Think Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopez, Sebastian Ribeiro and Patri McLaughlin. It’s perfect for slaying down…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Contra 15m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Contra 15m 2019
Cabrinha Contra

Cabrinha’s long-standing light wind cruiser, the Contra, comes back again for 2019 and is set to fulfil all your light wind dreams. Coming in 4 sizes: 13,15,17 and 19 meters, there will be one to suit you no matter what your weight or style. The Contra is a 3 strut, mid aspect kite which has been designed to get you…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Catalyst V2 8m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Catalyst V2 8m 2019
Ozone Catalyst V2

Ozone’s dedicated freeride kite, the Catalyst has come back for round 2 and promises to build on the successes of the first incarnation. A 3-strut hybrid kite, the Catalyst V2 has been designed with ease of use and simplicity in mind. The kite is made with industry-leading Teijin Technoforce D2 and Teijin Dacron for canopy quality and has been developed…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Rebel 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Rebel 10m 2019
DUOTONE Rebel

Now by Duotone, the Rebel has made a welcome comeback and continues to be one of the world’s most popular kites. A hybrid design for those who need a kite for boosting, cruising and all-around high performance freeride action, the Rebel has come back for 2019 as its best version yet. The Rebel is a 5-strut kite, has a high…

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