This test appeared in Kiteworld Magazine issue #81
TEST TEAM NOTES
The Religion has been around for several generations and was the original hardcore wave kite. RRD have a great heritage in wave products, and so the Religion has built a solid reputation.
For us, that reputation revolves around its solid build strength. It’s absolutely bombproof. If you’re worried about how long your kite’s going to last, in all seriousness, this is the business for you. Most wave kite manufacturers are trying to trim more and more fat from their kites to get more and more performance. Lighter cloths are being developed and tested to reduce weight but not strength. At the moment, for you as a buyer, it’s often difficult to commit to ultimate high-performance at the expense of robust strength. That said, the manufacturing and the way kites are put together has come so far now that it is possible to carefully construct a light kite that’s pretty strong.
None, however, would be as strong as the Religion, which has reinforcements on its reinforcements! That does result in quite a hard feeling kite. Although the Religion is undoubtedly quick, it requires a more firm input at the bar. Pull hard and follow the kite back and forth as you gouge massive turns. If you’re timid with the bar, the kite turns wider and generates quite a lot of power for a wave kite, but the Religion does give you options for the types of turn you want to do. If you want fast and pivotal, you can be forceful with the bar and it’s capable. Equally you can allow it to sit and drift well.
The low end is good though and the Religion also has quite decent power on tap at the bar should you need it through the slower wave sections. At its lower end without so much power in the canopy, the steering feels a bit lighter and less aggressive. It drifts along quite well too, but you can’t switch off from it completely as that extra weight seems to eventually take effect. It likes tweaking and attention.
The Religion has stayed true to its wave riding roots and we can’t criticise that. Perhaps too many kites are trying to cater for strapless riders. What about the powerhouses in straps? The Religion offers something very different and always has. Now it just feels even more so given the super-light athletes now in this class. Equally, riders with sworn allegiances to the Religion will probably not enjoy kites that are too light and will end up over sending them. There are lots of strong guys out there who like to ride waves forcefully. This is for them.
We do know however that the Religion is also a fantastic beginner and intermediate kite. Tough enough for lots of hard crashes, that more forceful bar feel is very good in that it doesn’t catch people out.
RRD’s new Global V7 bar is excellent. Smooth, easy, well featured, there’s everything you could need in a very clean design. Some bits like the very pointy chicken finger are a bit obtrusive and the bar only comes in one length, so on smaller kites feels quite big, but it means that the kites are perfectly set on every bar. It’s very comfortable, too.
Mid-sized Boston valve.
RELIGION BALANCE POINTS
Build Quality: 8.5
Full package: 8
Low end: 8
Top end: 6
Steering speed: 7
Turning circle: 5
Power through turn: 7.5
Bar pressure: 7
Water relaunch: 8
Boost – NT
Hang time – NT
Unhooked – NT
Cross-over – 7
Ease of use – 6 (8 for big guys)
SIZES: 12 / 10.5 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 & 4m
HERE’S THE OFFICIAL RELIGION MK6 PRODUCT VIDEO FROM RRD
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