At a Glance
The Yarga comes with a multitude of options for rigging so you always have a kite that suits the conditions on the day. It has a standard 4 line set up which makes it a pretty potent C kite with freestyle in mind. Add a 5th line for added safety, faster relaunching and improved depower. If you ever get bored of that then rig the kite on the micro bridle and further increase your depower and upwind ability. And finally you can fly the Yarga using the micro bridle and the 5th line to give the kite the maximum combination of depower, upwind performance and instant relaunch. We think you’ll agree that is quite a lot to get your head around! As far as build quality goes it just keeps getting better and better from Best and there are plenty of reinforcements just where you need them.
In the Air
So with all this choice does it really make a difference? We set up the Yarga with all the different options in various wind conditions and we have to say that yes it does affect the way it flies. Certainly the added depower on the micro bridle is very noticeable. And with the kite being what we would class a technically a C shape the 5th line makes a difference to relaunch. Although that said the kite is pretty simple to get back in the air after a crash! I don’t think many of you out there will fly it in its purest form with just the four lines. But I suspect many of you will fly the Yarga utilising the 5th line as a great freestyle kite. In this set up the kite has heaps of unhooked performance, kite loops are awesome and you really get a feeling that the kite is just begging to be thrown into yet another aggressive loop. But I think our favourite set up was the micro bridle, the Yarga has plenty of low end grunt as it is and with this set up you get a simple 4 line kite with a bridle that handles like a 5th line C kite. But with an insane amount of depower. The kite also flies upwind in this set up really well. That bridle won’t make it relaunch like a Bow kite though so you will need to put some effort in to get it onto its back. Obviously having the 5th line and the bridle gives you the best of both worlds. But we are old fashioned and like the simplicity of 4 lines!
Heaps of choice in the set up and safety, a great high performance freestyle kite in its own right.
Maybe too much choice for the not so technically minded. The chicken loop could benefit from being larger for unhooking.
A great freestyle kite, with lots of different rigging options.
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This review was in Issue 5 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Best Kiteboarding
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By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!