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TKB LW Review: 2014 NAISH Fly

NAISH FLY 2014 LIGHTWIND REVIEW

NAISH Fly
Sizes Available: 15m
Sizes Tested: 15m

Naish Says:

The Fly was designed for freeriding and freestyle in light to marginal wind conditions. It is exceptionally lightweight for its size and has amazing low-end power. This is primarily due to the Fly’s proven two-strut, easy-handling design, which also provides superior turning and control. The Fly utilizes swept back wingtip shaping, which improves water relaunching in light wind conditions.

The Fly idea came from the idea that riding in light wind should be fun. Just because the wind is light, you shouldn’t necessarily have to use a kite designed for racing, so we created the Fly as a fast turning, lightweight and fun to ride kite in the lowest of wind conditions.

Visit for more info: http://naishkites.com/fly-new/

NAISH FLY 2014 LIGHTWIND REVIEW

Our Testers Say:

“Lightweight kite with a lot of power, not quite an upwind race machine, but fast, stable and really fun,” Christopher Castillo.

“Like riding a light wind version of a Park – fun for light wind freestyle in terms of turning and bar responsiveness,” Erik Rochner.

“Comfortable and stable with a well designed bar design, but 15m was not quite big enough for the lightest conditions,” Marko Bartscherer.

TKB Says:

The Naish fly is a lower aspect 2-strut kite which was on the smaller side of the kite size spectrum in our light wind test. The Fly comes with Naish’s internal octopus inflation system which uses standard 9mm inflation/11mm dump valves on the leading edge and one way internal distribution strut valves which require 9mm deflate valves on each strut for deflation. The kite features three rear wingtip attachment settings, three front bridle attachment settings, full Dacron trailing edge, and a single batten off the leading edge in place of the center strut. Testers gave high praise for the Fly’s medium-light bar pressure, user-friendly sheeting, and responsive turning. The Fly generated good low-end power for its size and earned solid praise for its boost and hangtime when powered. Compared to the race kites in our test, the Fly didn’t have quite the same upwind ability, but it was much more responsive and lively for freestyle in anything above threshold sub-teens wind.

NAISH FLY 2014 LIGHTWIND REVIEW

The Naish Fly came with the Universal Control System which features a push away quick release, single center line safety depower, below bar tuning cleat, above bar swivel, sliding stopper and innovative adjustable length bar ends (45 to 51cm). At 51cm the Fly has one of the shorter bars in the test but our testers found the kite had good turning response when adequately powered. The quick release is a clean, compact mechanism that is easy to reassemble. The below the bar tuning allows for longer throw and easy to use cleat tuning, while the adjustable sliding stopper makes the bar customizable for different size riders. Overall the bar is clean, lightweight and rich with well thought out features.

Visit for more info on the bar: http://naishkites.com/universal-performance-4-line-control-system/

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