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2013 17m Best TS V2 Light Wind Kite Review

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Best TS V2
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17m
Size Tested: 17m

Best Says:

If your sessions take in unhooked new school, freeride, and even some wave riding then the TS is made for you. Built with our Double Core RS canopy fabric the TS V2 delivers amazing crossover performance with the focus firmly on new school and unhooked performance. For light wind riding and racing, the 15m and 17m TS kites are the most aerodynamically refined and popular light wind kites we’ve ever made. The largest TS sizes will keep you riding after everyone else has packed up for the day.

Our Testers Say:

“Very light feeling kite, easy turning, light bar pressure with very good feedback. Very good low end power,” Peter Blawat.

“I was very surprised by how much I liked this kite. It has plenty of power, turns fast, and makes you want to jump. It also flew upwind very well,” Marko Bartscherer.

“Felt really stable and comfortable with lots of pull,” Ginette Buffone.

TKB Says:

The 2013 17m Best TS is a medium aspect 5-strut kite and features the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric. The front bridle is very compact and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.

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Testers reported that the TS has great low end power and relatively fast and direct handling. They also reported light-medium bar pressure with good kite feedback. The TS has good upwind and jumping performance and multiple testers commented that the TS is a surprisingly fun big kite. It’s very stable in the sky and has a light feeling. While testers were able to relaunch the TS every time it went down, they didn’t feel it relaunched as quickly as some of the other kites in the light wind test.

The TS uses the Best RP Bar V3. It features a push-away quick release, below-bar swivel, soft ends, adjustable stopper, comfortable grip, and an above-bar depower strap. It also features a sacrificial wear insert to prevent depower line wear. The bar shipped with our test kite had 22m lines. 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.

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Pros:

  • Great low end power.
  • Good upwind and jumping performance.
  • Relatively quick and direct handling.

Cons:

  • Relaunch wasn’t as easy as some of the other light wind kites we tested.

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