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BEST Roca
Sizes Available: 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 12m

Best Says:

The Roca’s direct and fast steering combined with the medium to high aspect ratio results in what we call “build to boost.” Thanks to the delta shape with swept wing tips the kite has a precise and wide depower that follows the concept of “sheet and go.” Due to this design, the Roca is made for all conditions and even the harshest gusts and storms can be dealt with.

Due to the wide canopy and ultra light tri-strut design, the Roca is ignited by the softest breeze. Combined with the depower characteristics, the Roca covers a huge wind range making the Roca your kite of choice for traveling.

Visit for more info: www.bestkiteboarding.com/en-us/2016-roca

Our Testers Say:

“Jumped well even when underpowered,” Marko Bartscherer.

“Can’t go wrong with Roca,” Ricky Wong.

“Awesome kite, easy depower, handles well across the wind window,” Rob Shea.

Meet the 2016 TKB Test Team.

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TKB Says:

The Roca is a brand new kite for 2016 and features a three strut Delta shape with medium to low aspect canopy that is marketed as an all around freeride option for the traveling kiter. Inflation is quick and easy with Best’s proprietary Twist Lock Valve, which makes this kite one of the quickest to inflate and deflate. The valve requires the largest hose attachment that comes standard with every pump and the valve deflates at the push of a button for a quick fold and pack job. The Roca sports a single setting front bridle with pulley and a wingtip V-bridle that offers the kiter three settings to adjust bar pressure and turning speed. The canopy makes use of two battens and triangle foam patches on the trailing edge to keep the canopy down. Testers commented on the Roca’s medium turning speed, grunty low end pull and noticeably light bar pressure. The Roca offers excellent relaunch from deep in the window with a pull on one side of the bar, and offers middle of the road boost for jumps but once in the air the Roca delivers lofty hangtime. When you pull on the depower strap the kite depowers but the turning begins to feel a bit muted. Overall, the Roca earned solid praise from testers and would serve as an excellent all around freeride kite for beginner and intermediate kiters.

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Our Roca came with a fixed length bar (47, 52, or 57cm lengths) that features a stronger Red and black color coding than previous years. The flying lines are all the same color, black, which some testers call “sexy,” and while this makes identifying which lines go where during rigging, it does help when rigging during snowkiting. This year’s bar comes equipped with a new push away quick release with hand swivel that doubles as a quick release travelguard that also features a molded donkey dick, a low V with a single center-line safety depower that has a fifth safety line running up along one of the center lines. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops and the length of sheeting/throw can be adjusted by a very small amount at the cleat.The sliding stopper provides a noticeably shorter throw but the new bar ends feature non-retractable bungees and integrated floats, while the tips of the bar are soft and the leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. Testers gave the bar solid praise and commented on the nice ergonomics of the smaller diameter and pleasing tactile grip.

Visit for more info on the bar: www.bestkiteboarding.com/en-us/2015-rp-bar

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