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2014 Freeride Gear Review Trends

2014 Freeride Gear Review Trends

The TKB test team highlights the most popular features found in 2014 kite equipment.

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TKB Review: 2014 CORE Riot XR3

TKB Review: 2014 CORE Riot XR3

The XR3 remains a 5-strut delta like shape with swept back wingtips that testers praised the direct steering response and reported impressive upwind ability, big boosting and solid hangtime.

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TKB Review: 2014 BLADE Trigger

TKB Review: 2014 BLADE Trigger

The Trigger is a 3-strut medium-high aspect kite that testers praised for its excellent boost for big lofty jumps and its predictability even in gusty conditions.

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TKB Review: 2014 BEST Cabo

TKB Review: 2014 BEST Cabo

The Cabo is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that proved to be an excellent freeride kite and would be great for beginner and intermediate kiters looking for an all around performer for casual freestyle or dedicated wave riding.

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TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Varial X

TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Varial X

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

TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Lithium

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 Buyer’s Guide: Xenon

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Xenon

For 2014 Xenon completely overhauled their twin tip models and added a new surfboard to the line.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

Underwave offers a full line of wetsuits, harnesses, and other softgoods and accessories for kiteboarders.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

For 2014 Slingshot is particularly excited to introduce state-of-the-art laser cutting technology to their twin tip line.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

2014 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

While RRD doesn't release products on a strict time line, the 2014 product year sees a number of upgrades to the existing 2014 RRD kite models.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

With their extensive line of harnesses and wetsuits, Prolimit is sure to have a product to fit every rider's needs on the water.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Patagonia

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Patagonia

With a long history of making products for people who spend their free time outside, Patagonia is now focusing energy on kitesurfing.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

The biggest news for the 2014 Ozone product line is their new push away release system, the ability to offer custom colors and graphics, and a complete redesign of the Reo surf kite

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

2014 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

For 2014 NP continues to expand their product line, now offering helmets, travel bags, and other accessories in addition to wetsuits and harnesses.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: North

2014 Buyer’s Guide: North

For 2014 North has introduced some big changes to their kite line with the removal of the Fuse and the addition of the Dice.

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