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STAR Taina V5
Sizes Available: 5.5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17m
Sizes Tested: 9, 12m

Star Says:

We’ve created the ultimate wind machine to satisfy all styles, all levels, in all conditions. All in all, the Taïna is a perfect all-terrain kite with special performance for the waves. The kite’s excellent depower gives riders the option to surf with or without kite power.

This all-round beast turns sharp, jumps high, has incredible grunt, and catches well during mega-loops. With small wingtips, a big projected area, and only 3 struts, we have achieved the highest power to drag ratio, making the Taina a top competitor for racing on water and snow. Its profile is shaped in a way that makes the kite virtually impossible to stall and re-launches effortlessly. Due to the Taina’s total depower ability; this kite is very safe and easy to use.

Visit for more info: www.starkites.com/product/taina-v5/

Our Testers Say:

“With lots of power, this kite drifted well and was super fun to ride the wind swell,” Marko Bartscherer.

“Good turning speed with stability and a nice bar pressure,” Jon Dixon.

“Very stable with good lift,” Davey Beard.

Meet the 2016 TKB Test Team.

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TKB Says:

The 2016 Taina is a medium aspect 3-strut kite with swept back wingtips that is quick to inflate with a high flow Boston valve that requires the bigger nozzle attachment that comes standard with all pumps. The Taina features a single setting fixed front bridle and three steering settings on the wingtip to adjust turning speed and bar pressure. Testers commented on the Taina’s user-friendly light to medium bar pressure, responsive steering, and solid wind range. The Taina turns in pivot style steering arc and has a very predictable power delivery within a short amount of throw which is great for those with shorter arms. The relaunch on the Taina was fairly easy from deep within the wind window. Testers recommended this kite as a great all around freeride kite that would be fun in the surf, hooked in freestyle and cruising.

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The Taina comes with the Elite V3 control bar which is a fixed length bar (50 and 55cm lengths with 24m lines) featuring a single center-line safety depower, a durable plastic coated sheeting/throw line with a sliding stopper, low V, and an above the bar Clam cleat tuning with an integrated bungee to keep any excess tuning line from tangling during overpowered conditions. The Elite uses a plastic push away quick release with a below the bar hand swivel that doubles as a travel guard, as well as soft foam integrated bar ends. New for this year Star used a plastic coating on the safety depower line that runs through the bar to the quick release. Testers commented on the extra bulk this feature added to the lines running through the bar, but also noted how this feature does away with the need to replace worn safety lines that is frequently experienced on other brand bars. Testers found the bar grip to medium to soft and liked the comfortable texture of the grip.

Visit for more info on the bar: www.starkites.com/product/elite-bar-v3/