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TKB Review: 2013 Star Taina

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Star Taina
Sizes Available: 5.5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 9, 12m

Star Says:

The Taina is for riders who demand performance over the broadest range of conditions. However due to its incredible turning speed, grunt, and depower, this kite is specifically a dream come true for the wave riders. The Taina reacts so well that you can steer it with one hand on the bar. Due to its super easy relaunch and the ease of steering input, this kite is perfect for kite schools or beginners. Its profile is shaped in a way that it makes it very hard to back stall, allowing a student to focus on the ride instead of the trimming. All in all, the Taina is a perfect all-terrain kite with special performance for the waves.

Our Testers Say:

“Great all-around kite that didn’t do anything wrong. Lots of range, easy to use. Not a stand out performer in any one area, but a well-rounded, well-mannered all-around kite,” Dray Murray.

“I liked the stability and predictability. Straightforward and intuitive bar. Never heard of Star before, but this was a good kite for my first-ever ride in Baja!” Pat O’Connor.

“Very stable, easy to relaunch, and quick turning, but I didn’t like the grip on the bar,” Kirstyn O’Brien.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

Very similar to the 2012 model, the 2013 Star Taina remains a 3-strut low-aspect kite. The rear lines are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed and the Taina’s bridle was relatively long. Our testers reported medium bar pressure, direct and predictable handling, easy relaunching, and good stability.

They also commented on the kite’s average jumping and upwind performance. Overall our testers agreed that the Taina is a good all-around kite that most riders will be able to instantly feel comfortable on.

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The Taina uses the Star Nexbar which features a push-away quick release, below-bar swivel, adjustable ends, and above-bar depower strap that some testers commented was difficult to reach.

Pros:

  • Very easy to relaunch.
  • Easy to use, easy to fly kite.

Cons:

  • Average jumping and upwind performance.
  • Very long bridle lines.

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