Session, Nexus 2 and Reach Back-to-Back Kite Reviews in Kiteworld Issue #106 – Live Now

Kite reviews in Kiteworld Magazine Issue #106

Kiteworld Issue #106, released September 2020, features another handful of in-depth kiteboarding equipment gear tests, including three kites that are billed as capable of doing anything, anywhere: the Airush Session, Core Nexus 2 and North Reach are reviewed back to back: 

Kite reviews in Kiteworld Magazine Issue #106

AIRUSH SESSION 9M
TEST SUMMARY EXTRACT:

Airush have developed the Session to replace two kites – the Wave and the Diamond – the latter was a women’s freeride kite. The Wave had become such a potent wave kite; so quick and constantly forward flying that it lost a lot of its basic freeride credentials that were offered in the first model in 2014.

Several long sessions in and Kiteworld editor, Jim, is absolutely loving this kite. Primarily, it’s for riders who certainly have a surfboard in their quiver, but also perhaps a foil. For waves, the Session isn’t as rampant across the window as the Wave was, but it’s now more inline with other wave kites and has more control at the edge of the window. The light but direct handling, instant depower and enormous range mean it’s a no brainer for foiling. For twin-tipping the Session will suit lighter to averagely weighted riders. Heavier riders will need more direct and obvious oomph to feel all the benefits described here for twin-tipping. Jim’s light at just 70 kilos, but really did find this nine metre incredibly adaptable in a huge range of conditions.

Finally, if you think a lot about wanting to kite loop but feel a bit too intimidated by it – particularly if you’re light weight – the Session could see you propel yourself beyond your friend’s level in a couple of weekends… once you’ve dialled into the speed of it; because it is (nicely) quick! The Session is now an absolute all-round ripper, but its’ heart, thank goodness, still lies in the waves.

AIRUSH SESSION BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 9
Full package: 9
Low end: 8.5
Top end: 8.5
Steering speed: 7.5
Turning circle: 5
Bar pressure: 6
Water relaunch: 8.5
Drift: 8
Boost: 7.5
Hang-time: 6.5
Unhooked: 6.5
Crossover: 9.5

Airush Session kite review in Kiteworld Magazine


CORE NEXUS 2 – 8 & 10M
TEST SUMMARY EXTRACT: 

If you’ve hit 20 metres on your Core XR and are looking to develop your riding into other areas, without sacrificing too much easy boost, hangtime and strong wind control, you won’t regret a switch to the Nexus 2.

Of all the three kites in the group comparison this issue, the Nexus can offer the most step-up in power of performance with three very distinct settings In Wave mode it’s very comparable to the Session and Reach, but goes beyond them in stiffer feedback and potency as you step beyond that to ‘All-Round’ and ‘Freestyle’ modes. Whatever your weight, ability level or style of riding, unless you’re in the top 5% of riders specialising in a particular discipline, the Nexus 2 is going to keep you charging and giving you confidence to progress your riding as you step up through the settings. It really is three kites in one, and delivers cross-over performance in each of the Wave and All-Round settings.

CORE NEXUS 2 BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 9.5
Full package: 9.5
Low end: 8
Top end: 9
Steering speed: 6.5
Turning circle: 5.5
Bar pressure: 6
Water relaunch: 8.5
Drift: 8
Boost: 8
Hang-time: 8
Unhooked: 7.5
Crossover: 10

Core Nexus 2 kite review


NORTH REACH 9 & 12M 
TEST SUMMARY EXTRACT:

Some kites have a bit more obvious low end power running through them, but also more bite if you pull loops a bit late or just get the timing of your steering wrong. The Reach makes kitesurfing easy for the masses. It’s a kite you can enjoy as a total beginner or with 25 years experience under your belt. Whatever genre of kiting you want to do; it will help not hinder. The Reach may not jump as high or loop as well as the Orbit, or unhook like a C kite, but it is an all round performer that lets you do what you want, without having to fiddle with settings.

The Reach delivers the same riding experience and feel, whether you’re out in 15 or 25 knots. The standout characteristics are that it’s light and manoeuvrable but not wayward. It feels incredibly constant, smooth and predictable whatever the conditions and in whatever you’re asking it to do.

NORTH REACH BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 8.5
Full package: 9
Low end: 8
Top end: 8.5
Steering speed: 7
Turning circle: 5
Bar pressure: 4.5
Water relaunch: 8.5
Drift: DT
Boost: 8
Hang-time: 8
Unhooked: 7.5
Crossover: 9.5
Ease of use: 9

North Reach kite review

ALSO ON TEST IN ISSUE #106 – FREE TO READ NOW:

Eleveight Master 136 twin-tip review – click here

Crazy Fly Chill board and Cruz 690 hydrofoil review – click here

ION Apex Curve 13 Select harness review – click here

Mystic Stealth harness review – click here

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