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TKB Review: 2013 Cabrinha Vector

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Cabrinha Vector
Sizes Available: 3.5, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 9m

Cabrinha Says:

The Vector is a performance 3 strut kite in a simple minimalist package. With the Vector there is nothing getting between you and an amazing kitesurfing experience. The hybrid design is perfect for Universal Riding. That means its perfect for surf, freestyle, or wakestyle. The Vector has a robust construction, using all of the same materials and components in our much higher end kites. We’ve stripped down the non essentials, giving you the option to upgrade as you feel necessary.

Our Testers Say:

“Good beginner kite. Stable, easy relaunch, great for learning new tricks. Upwind and jumping performance not great,” Davey Beard.

“Stable, very easy to relaunch, and easy to get upwind on. Good beginner kite, but the bar pressure was too high for me,” Kirstyn O’Brien.

“Solid kite, easy to rig, really fast and easy to pump up. Stable in all conditions and fun to ride!” Gary Martin.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The Vector is a fairly low aspect 3-strut kite marketed as a simple all-around minimalist kite. This is the price point kite in the Cabrinha line. New for 2013 Cabrinha has introduced a new large-diameter inflation valve that is easier to use than the previous Cabrinha valve. The bridle is adjustable to change bar pressure and depower throw.

Our testers liked the Vector’s quick and direct handling and its easy relaunch. This is a stable kite that our testers felt most riders could feel comfortable on immediately. They also reported medium-heavy bar pressure and average upwind and jumping performance. Compared to the Cabrinha Switchblade the Vector delivers quicker turns but the Switchblade has better upwind and jumping performance.

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The Vector uses the 2013 Quicklink control bar. Our 9m test kite used the 48cm bar. The Quicklink features a plastic-coated depower line, above-bar trim adjusters, below-bar swivel, soft ends, and a quick release that has been redesigned for 2013 to be easier to reassemble. The unique trim adjusters use a spring to keep the ends near the rider and there is never any slack line in the system after it’s been adjusted.

Pros:

  • Excellent stability.
  • Quick, direct handling.
  • Easy relaunch.

Cons:

  • Bar pressure may be a little high for some riders.
  • Average upwind and jumping performance.

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