Sizes Available: 144, 148cm
Sizes Tested: 148cm
This board has the same shape as the successful Patrol but is lighter and more responsive. The composites used to create the Ultra make this board the highest performance light wind twin tip in our Axis kiteboarding line up. This board’s Paulownia wood core and carbon top and bottom sheet make this board lightweight and responsive. The flat bottom rocker and a limited amount of dual concave reduce the amount of drag but still gives it a competitive edge against the competition in terms of grip and stability.
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Our Testers Say:
“Solid upwind ability with good stiffness and rail for load/pop but the foot straps were biting into my ankle,” Erik Rochner.
“Great light wind board, planes early, comfortable to ride and easily goes upwind,” Jeff Quick.
“Turns great for a 148cm, great light wind board that can handle chop for riding in the ocean or large bay,” Marko Bartscherer.
The Ultra is the all carbon version of the Patrol and is a new offering for the 2014 season. The Ultra features relatively straight rails for a freestyle template, wood core, full carbon construction, three holes for adjusting stance width and five options for adjusting duck. Testers found the board to perform very well in the lighter conditions while scoring points for its fun load and pop for jumps and overall freestyle performance. The Ultra’s lightweight and fun flex pattern encouraged more aggressive moves than just simple jumps and transitions.
The Ultra came with the UTS pads and Pro Straps. The pad density is plush with good honeycomb grip and a pronounced ridge for toe grip. In addition to dual density EVA foam, Axis integrated a unique 4mm thick Poron XRD insert under the heel to help absorb impact loads. The Pro Straps have four Velcro adjustments under the protective flap for front and back strap tension with greater contact on the foot and good side support. One tester reported discomfort from the straps, but other than that, the pad and strap combo scored very well with most testers.