FURTHER 2021 TESTING HIGHLIGHTS

2021 test highlights

Highlights from three reviews of very unique kites that stood out for the test team. These were plucked from the two free online issues at magazine.kiteworldmag.com that were published since you had your hands on our Winter print issue in November

CABRINHA CONTRA 9M

TESTED IN ISSUE #109

cabrinha contra kite test

Newly released as a single strut in sizes of 11 metres and below, the Contra’s awesome stability and stunning steering connection at all times makes for excellent light wind performance. Our mouths water at the prospect of flying a smaller size in stronger wind on a foil / surfboard…

The Contra is going to bring about an interesting question for riders looking at Cabrinha products: “Could I be making more of the opportunities in lighter winds – be it on a foil or surfboard (or even twin-tip) by switching away from a trusted three strut set-up?”

The Contra 9m is a session saver and is a really fun twin-tip freeride kite, it also opens up the possibilities for very light wind wave riding, but of course is a weapon for foiling.

CONTRA BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 9

Full package: 9.5

Low end: 9.5

Top end: 7

Steering speed: 7

Turning circle: 3.5

Bar pressure: 5

Water relaunch: 9

Drift: 8

Boost: 6

Hang-time: 6

Unhooked: 4

Crossover: 9

Ease of use: 9

www.cabrinha.com

Read the full Cabrinha Contra review here


NAISH PIVOT 9, 8 & 7M

TESTED IN ISSUE #109

naish pivot kite test

We’ve tested every version of the Naish Pivot since the first model in 2015. Refreshing ourselves with another couple of months on the new model has reminded us that this is a kite that stands out very uniquely in a sea of hybrid all-rounders, thanks to its instant power combined with almost total depower. The Pivot’s sheeting range is not only big, it’s incredibly well polished to allow all riders, from beginners to pros, from twin-tipers to foilers, to retain a very natural riding position across a variety of conditions and situations.

The Pivot’s level of performance maturity is very high. Driving cleanly through the wind, it’s well polished throughout. The Pivot is a true contender for beginners who are looking for simple sheeting drive, lots of confidence-inspiring depower and excellent relaunch. For advanced riders, whatever board you choose to ride, there are huge assets to be enjoyed in the way the Pivot is geared to deliver power and handling. Of course it’s a proven King of the Air winner and performer.

PIVOT BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 8.5

Full package: 9

Low end: 8.5

Top end: 9

Steering speed: 5.5

Turning circle: 5

Bar pressure: 5 (until the wind is really strong)

Water relaunch: 8.5

Drift: 8

Boost: 8.5

Hang-time: 8.5

Unhooked: 6

Crossover: 9

Ease of use: 9

www.naish.com

Read the full Naish Pivot review here


OCEAN RODEO ROAM A-SERIES 10M

TESTED IN ISSUE #108

ocean rodeo rome kite test

Here we go with one of the most interesting reviews of the year from our perspective. Ocean Rodeo finally implemented their much publicised new Aluula material into the air frame of their first range of production kites; the A-Series, consisting of the Roam and Flite kites (for now).

It has to be said that Ocean Rodeo have taken what was a very acceptable wave and freeride kite in the Roam and, by adapting Aluula’s performance benefits of light weight rigidity, it’s like the kite has gone from being good at school, to top of the class, with wonderful attendance and top marks for studies and behaviour. It just doesn’t put a foot wrong. Beginner twin-tippers will find this kite as smooth and intuitive as advanced foilers. Everyone benefits from easy performance.

We’re just gutted we didn’t get to try it in waves. We don’t get much call for a 10 metre wave kite here on the south coast of the UK; usually instead relying on stronger winds to kick up the good waves. It should be banging fun in light wind waves though, letting you focus hard on the wave itself.

It’s hard to describe how cleanly this kite flies in all freeride situations. It’s just there with you and this ten feels as nimble as an eight. In essence this is for the wave / foil heads. Real all-terrain riders will need more overhead lift to mix high wind twin-tip boosting with wave / foil performance.

ROAM BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 9

Full package: 8.5

Low end: 7

Top end: 9

Steering speed: 7.5

Turning circle: 5

Bar pressure: 5

Water relaunch: 8.5

Drift: 8

Boost: 6.5

Hang-time: 6.5

Unhooked: DT

Crossover: 7

Ease of use: 9.5

www.oceanrodeo.com

Read the full Ocean Rodeo Roam review here


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