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TKB Review: 2013 Best Kahoona V5

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Best Kahoona V5
Sizes Available: 5.5, 7.5, 9.5, 11.5, 13.5m
Sizes Tested: 9.5m

Best Says:

The Kahoona provides the perfect mix of attainable, freeride performance and value for money for every rider and any riding style. Automatic relaunch, reliable downwind drift and rock solid stability make the Kahoona perfect for attacking any wave or any new trick. With easy handling, solid performance and day long comfort the Kahoona v5 is the ultimate freeride kite. For riders who like it ‘old fashioned’ it’s also the only standard inflation kite in our line up. With a reputation for surprising hang-time and great low end power it’s no wonder riders like you return to the Kahoona season after season. With more responsive handling, reduced bar pressure and best in class stability courtesy of revised canopy design and our Air-Aid materials, the v5 is our most obtainable Kahoona yet.

Our Testers Say:

“Easy to fly with excellent depower. Very stable, super easy relaunch, and medium bar pressure. Great all around kite!” Eunice Martin.

“Solid beginner kite. Very stable, but felt like it lacked some performance compared to other kites,” Andy Sologub.

“Forgiving, stable kite with constant pull. Smooth turning and powerful. Felt like a refined and improved version of the earlier Kahoona that I own,” Marko Bartscherer.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2013 Best Kahoona V5 is a 4-strut medium aspect kite. Our test Kahoona was the standard version meaning that it lacked a single-point inflation system. This kite is also available as the Kahoona + which features single-point inflation and the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric. The rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.

Our testers commented on the Kahoona’s wide wind range, especially the low-end power. They also felt that it is very easy to relaunch, goes upwind well, and has surprisingly good jumping performance, especially when ridden powered. Testers added that the Kahoona had medium bar pressure and is extremely stable and forgiving. Compared to the Best TS the Kahoona is easier to relaunch, more forgiving, and more stable but the TS has better jumping performance.

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The Kahoona uses the Best RP Bar V3. It features a push-away quick release, below-bar swivel, soft ends, adjustable stopper, and an above-bar depower strap. It also features a sacrificial wear insert to prevent depower line wear. Most testers liked the simplicity and feel of the bar but the depower straps can be a bit of a reach for riders with short arms.

Pros:

  • Very good low end power and great overall range.
  • Very stable easy-to-fly kite.
  • Extremely easy to relaunch.

Cons:

  • Canopy flutters through sharp turns, especially when depowered.
  • The Kahoona is forgiving and easy to fly, which may leave some more aggressive riders looking for more performance.
  • No single point inflation (available on the Kahoona + version).

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