Takoon Wook 2018 8m review

Takoon Furia 2018 review Kiteworld

Fluid handling and a well-balanced ride at a price that’s hard to beat

 

THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN ISSUE #92 IN MARCH, 2018

 

Takoon Furia 2018 review Kiteworld

 

TEST TEAM NOTES: 

Takoon have developed a direct sales approach in which as, a customer, you buy a loyalty card, becoming a ‘Takoon Family’ member, and you have access to reduced price gear. 

We tested the Furia last year and this year we’ve moved to the Wook, an all-round freeride model, suitable for entry level through to progressive hooked-in freestyle and wave riding.

Canopy material upgrades are all the rage in kite gear manufacture right now and Takoon use the respected Technoforce double ripstop which is a step above regular Teijin cloth. Out of the bag on first roll out the Wook appears well constructed but perhaps at the lighter end of the reinforcement scale. However the manufacturing is nevertheless acceptable and once you’ve pumped it up, the Wook takes a beautiful clean shape and all the stitching, seam lines and reinforcement tabs look clean and neat. The struts and leading edge are nice and thin; usually indicating pretty quick flying performance. There’s a mid-size inflate valve for the one pump, which is good to see, but rather than implementing the usual square or grippy circular caps which are easy to get a good purchase on to unscrew one from the other, the Takoon system instead has two caps with little rounded points that are actually quite difficult to undo with your hands if you really screwed them down tightly last time. So, the method is to tighten down the big valve cap, pump up your kite and then lightly screw on the top cap, otherwise you may need a set of pliers to unscrew them as the grip is awkward to get purchase on – just something to remember. 

 

Takoon Furia 2018 review Kiteworld

 

Other than that the kite rigs up simply on 23 metre lines and the bar feels great with a mid-width diameter, soft rubber, plastic covered chicken-loop line, smooth cleat and a useful line untwister swivel above the chicken-loop. Takoon should be complemented for going a step beyond what we’ve seen before with the chicken-loop release mechanism. Not only does it of course confirm to French standards (Takoon are French), but once triggered the re-build on the chicken-loop is the easiest we’ve seen. No lifting of a collar, or holding at an angle – simply put the metal loop on the end of the chicken-loop against the teeth in the collar, and push! Super simple. Re-building a chicken-loop isn’t a vital aspect, but it’s a solid design progression and represents part of a good 48 cm bar system that works well overall.  

 

Takoon Furia 2018 review Kiteworld

 

On launch the Wook immediately feels light, spritely and keen to fly forward, providing a good combination of quick turning speed and medium sheeting power at the bar. Although you can feel where the kite is without having to look at it, the Wook is a kite that you can steer with very little effort; almost finger tip control. When you ask for power, it doesn’t just come in like a heavy bass-line, it’s like easy elastic and doesn’t tire you out. You could literally ride it all day. 

There are lots of characteristics that a wave rider will enjoy, such as quick turn initiation, lots of rapid depower, good forward flight and upwind ability and it’s also very pivotal. So a lighter weight freerider who likes crusing, slashing, going fast and generally taking on whatever comes their way will really enjoy the Wook. 

Going from a heavier, more firm riding kite to this felt like we’d just had a Red Bull. It really is fluid freeride performer. The Wook has respectable boost and hang-time too and it’s not very technical to squeeze that performance out of it. The light but positive steering response will also encourage intermediates to experiment with loops out of their transitions, or heli-loop landings as well as downloop turns. If you’re an intermediate and you’re keen to learn kite loops, then the more more sheet-and-go, floaty hang-time bow-style kites are not that easy to loop as they don’t drive around the bottom of the window. For anyone looking for some more serious yank, the Wook’s loop will seem pretty gutless, but that’s why it’s a joy for boosting fun and wave cross-over. You have the ability to make quick and subtle corrections to the kite’s position in the window without any detrimental handling effect or ride feel. It just goes where you want and behaves straight away. 

 

Takoon Furia 2018 review Kiteworld

 

If you want to suddenly turn it, it may be pivotal, but it maintains drive so you keep up a good forward speed. It’s got an ability to turn and drive straight away. It doesn’t turn pivotally (dropping power) and then start driving again. It’s a tight turn, but it’s all in unison – for waves and jumping it’s just very easy. We would give this to more inexperienced partners (or even children who are already kitesurfing) and they won’t find the power delivery alarming. (It also flags out safely to one line). We mostly rode it on the fastest steering speed of three, so you can also make it a bit less reactive, but vitally it never flies too far towards the edge of the wind, so always stays in a responsive part of the window, making it great fun as you improve. 

In terms of the wind limits, the bottom end is acceptable but isn’t a class stand out, and at the other end when you’re pushing the air frame in winds above 35 knots, you start to feel a slight vibration down the lines, but vitally there’s no detrimental effect on the flight of the kite and you can still enjoy your session. You won’t feel physically challenged in really strong gusts, but it’s worth mentioning as this is where some other brands manage to cover up the savageness of the wind a bit better when things get rough. 

 

SUMMARY: 

The Wook is a modern and very up-to-date, very comfortable, fun freeride kite. In regular eight metre weather of 20 – 30+ knots, this is a great one-kite solution for both freeriding and jumping as well as offering very adept handling in waves. The good forward flight could allow for some basic unhooked raleys or rolls in the lighter winds too and the light handling, generous depower and smooth, quick steering will also suit lighter / smaller riders. Although the Takoon isn’t cheaply constructed, it is lighter than some, but that probably also adds to its lovely, clean flying characteristics. You can certainly go kitesurfing for a great value price tag and for uncomplicated fun and a kite that can make you look good, this is worth further investigation! 

 

KW LIKED: 

The balance between turning feel and drive makes for a very balanced, fun and fluid ride feel, from jumps, to waves to basic foiling. 

 

KW WOULD CHANGE: 

The cap attachments on the inflation system. 

 

WOOK BALANCE POINTS: 

Build quality: 7

Full package: 8

Low end: 6.5

Top end: 8

Steering speed: 7

Turning circle: 2

Bar pressure: 4.5

Water relaunch: 8.5

Drift: 6

Boost: 7.5

Hang-time: 7 

Unhooked: 6

Crossover: 8.5

Ease of use: 8.5

 

SIZES: 14, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4m 

 

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