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2012 Blade Trigger Kiteboarding Kite Review

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The Kiteboarder's video review of the 2012 Blade Trigger kite. For the complete review (including comments directly from our testers) on this and 52 more 2012 kiteboarding kites and boards, download the TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review in the TKB Store.

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2012 Best TS Kiteboarding Kite Review

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The Kiteboarder's video review of the 2012 Best TS kite. For the complete review (including comments directly from our testers) on this and 52 more 2012 kiteboarding kites and boards, download the TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review in the TKB Store.

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2012 Best Kahoona Kiteboarding Kite Review

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The Kiteboarder's video review of the 2012 Best Kahoona kite. For the complete review (including comments directly from our testers) on this and 52 more 2012 kiteboarding kites and boards, download the TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review in the TKB Store.

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2012 Airush Lithium Kiteboarding Kite Review

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The Kiteboarder's video review of the 2012 Airush Lithium kite. For the complete review on this and 52 more 2012 kiteboarding kites and boards, download the TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review.

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

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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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TKB Review: Underwave Imperial Harness

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Underwave is a company new to the US and Bay Area Kitesurf, the North American distributors, sent us the Underwave Imperial to try out.

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TKB Review: X3 Kite Compression Bags

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The X3 Kite Compression Kit includes three large vacuum bags and an adapter that allows you to use your kite pump to suck the air out of the bags to shrink your kites, making them easier to pack. The bags are made out of a heavier material than we've seen on consumer vacuum bags made for traveling and feature a large one-way valve.

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TKB Review: Heated Wetsuits Thermalution

Designed to keep you warm while you are on/under the water for 1.5 to 3 hours, the product consists of a traditional short sleeve lycra modified to accommodate Thermalution’s waterproof battery system with non-metallic Heating Wire Technology and temperature controller.

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TKB Review: Spex Amphibian Eyeware

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My first impression after opening the box was that they looked kind of goofy as they look like a combination of sunglasses and goggles. Once I adjusted the headband to fit my extra large head I was blown away with the colors of the water. The Spex I tested came with polarized gray (smoke) lenses. The frame fit my face nicely and was very comfortable, but they might be too big for smaller faces and children.

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Liquid Force 2011 Envy Analyze This Kite Review

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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

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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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Wainman Gambler Analyze This Board Review

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The Gambler features a very wide outline, double to single concave bottom with molded channels, and a single bump swallow tail. For a wide 5’10”, it’s a lightweight board.

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North 2011 Fuse Analyze This Kite Review

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Overall, the Fuse looks very similar to the North Rebel with the addition of a bridle. This is a five-strut one-pump kite with a unique floating center strut.

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Epic 2011 Renegade Infinity Analyze This Kite Review

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Epic has not disclosed the actual size of the Infinity, so we were curious to see just how large it is. When compared to other large kites, our best guess puts the size at around 15m.

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Best 2011 Nemesis HP V3 Analyze This Kite Review

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The Nemesis HP is back in Best’s kite line after a year-long hiatus and it shares the same unique Best-exclusive Cuben Fiber leading edge with the previous Nemesis. About half of the leading edge is made of the strong material and the leading edge of the Nemesis is very skinny compared to other kites.

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