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TKB Review: 2013 RRD Obsession MKV

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RRD Obsession MK5
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 15m
Sizes Tested: 10.5m

RRD Says:

The devil is back again. The Obsession name is synonymous of RRD Kites. The kite is the benchmark of any freestyle or freeride kites in the market. Its incredible boosting ability, great turning speed and super low end power, make it a favorite choice for many who want all this but with control and safety. The multiple bridle attachment all the way to the middle of the leading edge, make it an hybrid configuration kite that maintains its shape in the toughest conditions. The new MKV release, features slightly more bar pressure to allow better control of the increased low end power, thanks to a new more closed leading edge design. The wingtip design is slightly swept more backwards, to increase stability, with a high pressure point on the very end of the side lines attachment. The leading and the trailing edge are both extra reinforced and the trailing edge features some of the finest details of kite craftsmanship in assembling kites, an RRD signature that separates an Obsession from the rest. The Obsession MKV is a totally new redesigned kite, keeping the main strong points of the previous editions, but with a more compact-like feel.

Our Testers Say:

“Nice colors. If you like to jump, this is your ticket. A fun boosting machine with light bar pressure,” Joe Bharat.

“The first kite I tested in La Ventana. Flew really nice powered up. Stable, responsive turning, and great jumping,” Kirstyn O’Brien.

“A great freeride kite, especially for people who like to jump. Great power, stable, direct handling, good upwind, and great jumping performance,” Paul Lang.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2013 RRD Obsession is a 5-strut medium-high-aspect kite. It features unique graphics that are sewn into the kite, not screened on like most other graphics. Our testers commented on the Obsession’s fantastic jumping performance, light-medium bar pressure, quick turning speed, great stability, and great upwind performance. Compared to the 2012 version the 2013 Obsession feels a little faster turning and handling feels more direct. Compared to the RRD Vision the Obsession has lighter bar pressure and better upwind and jumping performance, but the Vision is easier to relaunch.

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The Obsession MKV uses the RRD Global Bar V5 which features a push-away quick release, above bar trim cleat, plastic-coated depower line, and is adjustable so you can use the same bar on all kite sizes. Our testers liked the bungee that helps take up slack in the depower line, which helps prevent having a lot of line dangling when you depower the kite a lot. The bar also features the RRD Rigid Thread lines, which they claim stretch less than other lines. They feel thicker and more stiff than most other stock lines.

Pros:

  • Great jumping performance.
  • Great stability.

Cons:

  • Not as easy to relaunch as the RRD Vision.

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