Sizes Available: 15, 17m
Sizes Tested: 17m
The all new Contra is a featherweight cannon that delivers light wind fun like you’ve never had before. It has the muscle to get you up and riding when the winds are barely showing signs on the water. The ultra efficient profiles optimize the low-end power production while allowing excellent depower on the top end. Maximizing performance in light winds the three micro-struts improve aerodynamic performance using lightweight materials with very low drag. The Contra delivers distinctly sharp and precise turning that makes generating power and speed a snap while maintaining the agility of a smaller kite.
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Our Testers Say:
“Turns and maneuvers great for a kite this size and has really good hangtime,” Greg Vasilieff.
“Fun all around kite, turns much quicker compared to the Velocity,” Marko Bartscherer.
“Lighter bar pressure with good upwind ability and solid hangtime,” Jeff Quick.
The 3-strut 2014 Contra is Cabrinha’s dedicated light wind kite which only comes in 15 and 17m sizes.
The inflation system uses a high flow valve that universally fits any pump hose with no nozzle and makes inflating and deflating fast and effortless. The Contra features three micro struts to frame the canopy, 100% double ripstop canopy, a single ply of higher strength ripstop in the trailing edge, three knots at the rear attachment point, and two turning speed attachment settings on the wingtip as well as a non-adjustable fixed front bridle which is fairly long in length. Testers found the Contra to have medium bar pressure with impressive upwind ability and overall quick turning for a kite of its size. Compared to the Velocity, the Contra has the feel of a really fun larger freestyle kite and comes with the rich features of the Overdrive bar. The Contra turns much faster than the Velocity but doesn’t quite offer the extreme low-end and upwind ability of the Velocity’s race design.
The Contra comes with the Overdrive 1XL Bar which is unique for its adjustable length bar ends that allows riders to easily and safely change bar length on the fly from 57-65cm. The bar combines the advantageous leverage of above the bar tuning with longer travel throw while keeping controls well within the rider’s reach by using extension handles in a clean and functional design. The plastic depower/throw line doesn’t include an adjustable stopper but the spring loaded controls help keep the bar within reach when let go. The single center-line safety system and quick release is more complex than most, but riders who take the time to learn how it functions will like it’s clean mechanism and ability to hand rotate the center lines from the quick release.
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