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TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review: Honest Reviews on 25 Kites and 28 Boards!


We selected seven average kiteboarders to join us, trucked a mountain of gear 1,000 miles south of the border, and spent a week putting it all through its paces. This is the result.

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Liquid Force 2011 Envy Analyze This Kite Review


The Envy is a three-strut one-pump kite with a bridle that features one pulley per side. The rear section of the bridle can be adjusted to change the turning speed of the kite.

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GK 2011 Trix Analyze This Kite Review


The 2011 GK Trix looks very similar to last year’s model. This is a five-strut one-pump kite with a unique and very adjustable bridle.

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Slingshot 2011 Turbine Analyze This Kite Review


The Turbine is Slingshot’s new light wind specific kite and it looks very similar to Slingshot’s popular Rally. The Turbine features Splitstrut, which means that the ribs are built into the canopy as opposed to being attached to the underside of it.

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Flexifoil 2011 ION Analyze This Kite Review


The first thing we noticed about the 2011 Ion is its heavy duty construction. Every possible area of the kite seems to be beefed up to take abuse and even the fabric that makes up the kite feels more sturdy than normal.

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RRD 2011 Vision Analyze This Kite Review


The Vision is a brand new kite from RRD and we were able to get our hands on the first Visions to land in North America at the 2011 La Ventana Classic. According to RRD, the Vision is supposed to fill the gap between the RRD Obsession (freestyle) and the Religion (waves).

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Caution 2011 Spitfire Analyze This Kite Review


Our first impression when unrolling the Spitfire is that this kite is built to take a beating. It’s a five-strut one pump kite with a compact bridle. Both the front and rear bridles use one pulley per side, but Caution uses a unique molded block with no moving parts.

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F-One 2011 Bandit 4 (B4) Analyze This Kite Review


The F-One Bandit, the original Delta kite, is now in its fourth generation and it has undergone a major redesign for 2011. It is now a three-strut one pump kite with square wingtips.

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Slingshot 2011 RPM Analyze This Kite Review


For 2011, the largest change to the Slingshot RPM is the addition of Spitstrut, which means that the struts are now integrated into the canopy as opposed to being attached to the bottom of it.

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North 2011 Evo Analyze This Kite Review


The Evo is a five-strut one pump kite that shows North’s usual attention to details. This is a bridled four-line kite (it can also be flown as a five-line) with a very compact and simple bridle.

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RRD 2011 Obsession Analyze This Kite Review

The 2011 RRD Obsession looks similar to last year’s model, but there are a few obvious differences. The trailing edge is now all Dacron and the graphics are actually made of fabric sewn onto the kite as opposed to being screened on, a feature that RRD claims adds more rigidity to the canopy.

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North 2011 Rebel Analyze This Kite Review

Even though the 2011 Rebel looks much like the 2010, its handling has definitely been improved.

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Genetrix 2010 Hydra Analyze This Kite Review

If you want to get noticed at the beach, you might want to buy a Hydra as this kite looks like nothing else we’ve ever tested.

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Wainman Hawaii Gypsy Analyze This Kite Review

The Gypsy is a great all-around kite, performing equally well in the waves, unhooked, and for big air jumps.

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RRD 2010/2011 Religion Analyze This Kite Review

The Religion is RRD’s surf-specific kite, and its construction details show that it’s meant to take a beating.

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