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TKB Review: 2014 JN Wild Thing

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The Wild Thing is a 5-strut medium-aspect kite that our testers praised for smooth steady pull through turns and commented on its fast turning speed and impressive boost in powered conditions.

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TKB Review: 2014 GAASTRA Toxic

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Gaastra started from the ground up with the all new Toxic to create a 5-strut medium to high aspect canopy designed for wave riding and freeride kiting.

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TKB Review: 2014 GAASTRA Spark

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This year Gaastra started from the ground up with the all new Spark line of kites which our testers praised for its medium bar pressure, low-end power and solid upwind ability.

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TKB Review: 2014 F-ONE Bandit

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The Bandit 7 continues as a 3-strut medium aspect delta kite that our testers praised for its quick turning speed, range, and ability to drift.

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TKB Review: 2014 EPIC Screamer

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The Screamer is a 5-strut medium aspect kite ideal for big jumps and lofty hangtime that our testers found to be quick turning with medium bar pressure, solid feedback and direct steering response.

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2014 Freeride Gear Review Trends

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The TKB test team highlights the most popular features found in 2014 kite equipment.

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TKB Review: 2014 CRAZYFLY Tango

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The Tango is a 3-strut C-style medium-low aspect kite that CrazyFly bills as a jack of all trades that our testers found to have lighter bar pressure, easy relaunch and lots of low end power with average turning and upwind ability.

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TKB Review: 2014 CRAZYFLY Sculp

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The 2014 Sculp is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that is billed as CrazyFly’s freeride / freestyle kite we found to have excellent low end power while still going upwind relatively well with middle of the road jumping performance.

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TKB Review: 2014 CORE Riot XR3

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The XR3 remains a 5-strut delta like shape with swept back wingtips that testers praised the direct steering response and reported impressive upwind ability, big boosting and solid hangtime.

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TKB Review: 2014 CABRINHA Switchblade (Siren)

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The Switchblade is a medium aspect 5-strut kite marketed as an all-around freestyle kite which testers praised for its solid steering response, power building in its sweeping turns, easy relaunch and ability to go upwind.

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TKB Review: 2014 CABRINHA Vector

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The Vector is a moderately low aspect 3-strut free-ride kite that shines with its precise steering response, and dependable power delivery.

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TKB Review: 2014 BLADE Trigger

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The Trigger is a 3-strut medium-high aspect kite that testers praised for its excellent boost for big lofty jumps and its predictability even in gusty conditions.

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TKB Review: 2014 BEST Cabo

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The Cabo is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that proved to be an excellent freeride kite and would be great for beginner and intermediate kiters looking for an all around performer for casual freestyle or dedicated wave riding.

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TKB Review: 2014 BEST TS

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The Best TS is medium aspect 5-strut C-shaped kite that our testers found extremely stable with good upwind ability, making it an excellent choice for intermediate riders looking for a casual freestyle kite that will perform for wakestyle and wave riding as well.

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TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Varial X

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This year the Varial X shed two struts, becoming a three-strut medium to high aspect bridled-C design that works extremely well for boosting freestyle and earned very positive reviews.

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