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North 2011 Evo Analyze This Kite Review

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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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Nobile 2010 T5 Analyze This Kite Review

According to our testers, the T5 was well-behaved and never did anything unexpected.

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North 2010 Rebel Analyze This Kite Review

Right out of the bag, the first thing we noticed about the Rebel was the attention to detail on the kite.

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Naish 2010 Charger Analyze This Kite Review

When we first started flying the Charger, we were surprised by how well it flew in light wind. It never hinted towards stalling, and even in light wind it turned with ease.

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GK 2010 Trix Analyze This Kite Review

Unhooked, the Trix performs very well and it never has the tendency to back-stall. In the waves, the Trix feels nimble and responsive, and has great downwind drift.

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Best 2010 Kahoona Analyze This Kite Review

Placed anywhere along the edge of the window, the Kahoona required minimal attention to fly and showed no signs of stalling.

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Wainman 2010 Boss Analyze This Kite Review

The Boss never seems to distort or flutter and is an amazingly smooth-feeling kite.

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Best 2010 Nemesis NXG Analyze This Kite Review

Once inflated the most obvious feature of the Nemesis NXG is the use of Cuben Fiber in the leading edge, which allows this kite to have a much smaller LE than other kites.

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F-One 2010 Bandit 3 Analyze This Kite Review

The Bandit 3 got a few upgrades this year that greatly improve the usability of the kite. New for 2010 is a one-pump system and a shorter bridle.

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Genetrix 2010 Origin Analyze This Kite Review

The Genetrix Origin is an amazingly simple and easy-to-use kite. The bar pressure is light-medium and steering is smooth and direct.

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