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TKB Review: 2013 Cabrinha Switchblade

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The Switchblade is a medium aspect 5-strut kite marketed as an all-around performance kite. New for 2013 Cabrinha has introduced a new large-diameter inflation valve that is easier to use than the previous Cabrinha valve.

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TKB Review: 2013 Best TS V2

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The 2013 Best TS is a medium aspect kite 5-strut kite. The TS V2 features the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric.

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TKB Review: 2013 Best Kahoona V5

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The 2013 Best Kahoona V5 is a 4-strut medium aspect kite. Our test Kahoona was the standard version meaning that it lacked a single-point inflation system.

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TKB Review: 2013 Airush Varial X

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The Varial X is a medium-high aspect five-strut kite marketed as high-performance bridled-C design (Airush calls it a SL-C).

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TKB Review: 2013 Airush Lithium

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The Lithium has been a popular kite for the past few years and remains a fairly low-aspect 3-strut kite targeted as an all-around performer for 2013. Overall the kite is very similar to the 2012 model with some small refinements including flexible trailing edge battens to address trailing edge flutter and bridle adjustments to change the kite's turning speed and bar pressure.

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TKB REVIEW: Patagonia R2 Front-Zip Wetsuit

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We've heard about the Patagonia wetsuits for quite some time and see a lot of them on the water in our area, so we were excited to receive a Patagonia R2 Front-Zip wetsuit to test for kitesurfing.

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TKB REVIEW: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

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Besides being amazingly lightweight and able to pack down into its own pocket for traveling or when hiking, I’ve found that the Patagonia Nano Puff is now my go-to jacket for a wide variety of conditions.

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2012 Kiteboarding Freeride Gear Review Guide

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Honest reviews on 25 kites and 28 kiteboards.

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TKB Review: Airush AFT Team Pads and Straps

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We recently tested the new Airush AFT Team Pads and Straps, giving our testers a chance to put down their surfboards and spend a few sessions riding a twin tip.

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TKB Review: Beachdog Kite Skim

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Elevation Kiteboarding's Mark Bavis has been throwing unique tricks while kiting on his skimboard and Elevation is now offering the Beach Dog Kite Skim. A kiteboarding-specific skimboard, the Beach Dog Kite Skim is basically the same board that Mark has been riding.

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2013 Slingshot Tyrant WVX and EPX Kite Surfboard Review

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While in Hood River, Slingshot handed us two brand new 2013 Tyrant surfboards to test. Both boards share the exact same shape, but differences between how the boards ride were very noticeable.

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2012 F-One Volt 2 Kiteboarding Kite Review

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The Volt is F-One's all-around freeride kite and is available for a lower retail price than the F-One Bandit 5.

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TKB Review: Underwave Imperial Vacuum Harness

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Using an air-tight pouch within the shell, the Imperial harness molds to your back when you pump the air out of it, creating a truly customized fit.

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TKB Review: GoPro Wi-Fi Bacpac Combo Kit

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Enables full remote control of up to 50 cameras at a time, live preview, playback on smart phones and tablets, and more.

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New DVD for Beginners: The Way to Fly

As the title states, this is truly the most comprehensive beginner instructional video I have seen since I started kiting in 1999.

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