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TKB Review: 2014 GAASTRA Spark

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GAASTRA Spark
Sizes Available: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16m
Sizes Tested: 11m

Gaastra Says:

The Spark will take your water time to the next level with this crossover machine’s low end performance and effortless relaunch. The Spark is our most universal flying machine with all around versatility and power. This true crossover kite covers all aspects of the sport. Designed for huge depower that will work in almost any conditions regardless of your style of riding. Outstanding low-end power and top-end stability give extreme lift and hang time while in complete control.

Visit for more info: www.gaastrakitesusa.com/2014-spark

Our Testers Say:

“Great kite, stable and fun with lighter bar pressure and good feel,” Jonathan Dixon.

“Good low end and was still jumping well in light wind,” Dray Murray.

“Super stable, nice flying, I felt comfortable with this kite on my first tack,” Frank Russo.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

This year Gaastra started from the ground up with the all new Spark line of kites. The Spark is a 5-strut medium to low aspect freeride kite that earned positive reviews from the testing team. The Spark uses a large diameter inflation valve that requires the bigger nozzle that comes standard with all pumps, making inflation and deflation quick and easy. Testers liked the Spark’s medium bar pressure, low-end power and solid upwind ability. Compared to the Toxic, the Spark is more stable and features slightly higher bar pressure with easier relaunch and overall very user-friendly performance. Testers found the Spark to be a good all around kite they would recommend for beginner and intermediate riders.

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The Spark came with the X2 Bar System which features an above bar Clam Cleat tuning system, a magnetic push away quick release, single center line safety depower, self rotating center lines and adjustable bar ends (46, 52cm). Testers liked the ability to change the length of throw by unlocking a latch and sliding the position of the tuning cleat. Testers had questions about the self-rotating center line system, but we found that it worked properly with a strong downward stroke towards the quick release as long as you don’t have too many line twists.

Visit for more info on the bar: www.gaastrakitesusa.com/bar-system-x2

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