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TKB Review: 2013 Core GTS2 and Riot XR2

2013 Core GTS2

2013 Core GTS2

Core GTS2
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15m
Sizes Tested: 12m

2013 Core Riot XR2

2013 Core Riot XR2

Core Riot XR2
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5m
Sizes Tested: 9m

Core Says:

GTS2: The new GTS2 is the most radical kite that CORE has ever built. Yet it remains a true All-in-One kite thanks to the revolutionary ‘Future-C’ Shape. Simply put, it’s a kite that can do everything: big airs, powerful wave riding and radical kiteloops, both hooked and unhooked. The improvement of the original GTS proved a tough nut to crack for the CORE development team. The GTS2 took over 2 years to develop, and created a new kite concept, the ‘Future-C’. This shape intelligently combines all the advantages of both a ‘C’ and a ‘High Depower’ kite. Without compromise.

Riot XR2: A few years ago CORE defined the cross-ride class, with the legendary Riot, which suits freeride, freestyle and wave kiters equally well. The XR2 has massive performance for unprecedented jumps with endless hangtime and is comfortable and easy to ride.

Our Testers Say:

“Looked cool, great jumps, trim system really easy and smooth to use. Very stable, fast turning, and easy to relaunch,” Walid Jomaa (XR2).

“Fun to fly fully powered. Clean design. Had one of my funnest sessions ever on this kite. Strongly recommend,” Joe Bharat (XR2).

“Great kite, super stable, quick, and responsive. Excellent jumps. The small-diameter bar felt really small in my hands,” Davey Beard (GTS2).

“Great upwind, fast turning speed, and great for jumping. I couldn’t find any cons with this kite. A solid performer,” Andy Sologub (GTS2)

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

Both the 2013 Core XR2 and the 2013 Core GTS2 are 5-strut kites with a unique large-diameter inflation valve, but they look very different in the sky. The XR2 has a delta-like shape with very swept wingtips while the GTS2 is a hybrid C-kite with wide square wing tips.

Our testers reported great stability on both kites, fast turning, and fantastic jumping performance, especially on the GTS2. The XR2 is more stable, quicker turning, and easier to relaunch. The GTS2 has better upwind performance, easier upwind performance, and is a better jumping kite than the XR2.

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Both the XR2 and GTS2 use the Core Sensor Bar, a simple and unique control system. It features a twist-to-release quick release, adjustable ends, small diameter, below-bar swivel, and a 4:1 above-bar trim system that was among the easiest and smoothest trim adjusters our team has ever used. Another unique feature is the double center hole in the middle of the bar. This allows you to clear twists in your center lines by simply sheeting all the way in.

Pros:

  • Both kites are very stable (although the XR2 is more stable and user-friendly than the GTS2).
  • Great jumping and upwind performance, especially on the GTS2.

Cons:

  • Quick release is a twist-to-release system and is quite different from the industry standard push-away release.

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