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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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TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Lithium

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The Lithium is a moderately low aspect three strut delta hybrid kite offering medium bar pressure and direct steering response with a pivot style turn that generated very predictable power and relaunched well from dead downwind.

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2014 F-One Bandit 7 First Impressions Review

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TKB has just returned from an amazing trip to Mauritius where we were able to spend a lot of time on the brand new 2014 F-One Bandit 7.

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2014 Slingshot Rally Kite Review

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The 2014 Slingshot Rally looks similar to the 2013 Rally, but there have been a number of changes made to the kite.

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2013 F-One Trust Kite Review

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The 2013 F-One Trust is a new freeride-oriented kite from F-One. At first glace it is very similar to the 2012 F-One Volt 2, but it has been updated and also uses a new control bar.

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TKB REVIEW: 2013 Naish Trip Strutless Kite

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For our second strutless kite review (after the BRM Cloud) we received a Naish Trip. One unique aspect of this kite is that it is only available in one size – 10m.

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2013 17m Slingshot Turbine Light Wind Kite Review

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The 2013 Turbine is a medium aspect 3-strut kite with a relatively flat and swept back profile.

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2013 17m Ozone Zephyr Light Wind Kite Review

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The Ozone Zephyr is a 5-strut medium-high aspect kite. It features a large inflate/deflate valve and thin bridle lines compared to bridles on most other kites.

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2013 16m Liquid Force NRG Light Breeze Light Wind Kite Review

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The 2013 Liquid Force NRG is a relatively flat 4-strut high-aspect kite. The front bridle features one pulley per side and the rear line attachments are adjustable to change the kite's turning speed and bar pressure.

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2013 17m Gaastra Jet Light Wind Kite Review

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The 2013 Jet is Gaastra's race-specific kite. It's a relatively high aspect 5-strut kite.

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2013 19m Core Riot KR2 LW Light Wind Kite Review

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The 2013 Core XR2 LW is a 5-strut kite with a delta-like shape and very swept wingtips.

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2013 17m Blade Fat Lady Light Wind Kite Review

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The 2013 17m Blade Fat Lady is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that features a very thin leading edge and extremely thin struts. The compact front bridle features one pulley per side and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.

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2013 17m Best TS V2 Light Wind Kite Review

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The 2013 17m Best TS is a medium aspect 5-strut kite and features the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric. The front bridle is very compact and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.

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TKB REVIEW: 2013 Boardriding Maui Cloud Strutless Kite

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The Cloud is the first strutless kite on the market and is quite different compared to anything we've tested before. The Cloud comes in a simple stuff sack and is amazingly light and small when packed compared to traditional strutted kites.

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