Sizes Available: 5, 7,8, 9, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9, 12m

Blade Says:

The immensely popular Trigger has been widely acclaimed for almost a decade, and rightly so. With massive hang time, remarkable agility and pinpoint responsiveness, the Trigger goes far and beyond what you might expect from your average all-around kite. As if it wasn’t enough, this year we made the Trigger even more exciting by moving it closer to the window’s edge, meaning you can jump higher than ever, loop, spin, grab and still enjoy maximum stability while doing it. Don’t just go for your usual tricks, though. Our all new double-strength cross-fiber canopy encourages you to conquer those elusive high-complexity tricks without worrying about the kite wearing out. Whether you just started to ride or you’re a 15-year veteran, the Trigger is the perfect all-around kite to help you push yourself and reach new heights. Literally.

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Our Testers Say:

“The Trigger is a powerful kite with a wide range of depower that pulls hard through the window but easily drifts downwind. It’s really fast turning but predictable, stable and overall, a fun and easy kite to fly.” // Justin Lord.

“The best all around kite I’ve tested this week. It truly is a jack of all trades.” // Chris Borodic.

“You pull the trigger and it sends you to the moon. Then it sets you down like you are floating on a cloud just to track you back upwind to do it all again.” // Marko Bartscherer.

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TKB Says:

The Trigger is back for 2017 with its 3-strut medium aspect C-shaped canopy that Blade markets as an all around performer in the freeride category. The Trigger features the Max Flow inflation system which is probably one of the most efficient and fastest inflation valves, but it does require a proprietary wide-mouth pump nozzle attachment to make it work. The Blade airframe uses a dual setting front bridle with pulley that allows the user to switch between the rear setting labeled “standard” and a forward setting labeled “wave,” while the wingtip has a single steering setting. The Trigger received high praise for its powerful lift, on demand depower and quick steering response. The kite turns in a wider steering arc that generates good power mid-turn and flies fairly forward in the window. It also worked great in chest high onshore waves with its crisp steering response and quick across the window speed. With medium bar pressure and solid boosting, the Trigger scored points as an active kite with great range that testers would choose for hooked in freestyle, waves and general freeriding as well.TKB-FREERIDE-2017-BLADE-BAR-2764

The Trigger comes with the 2nd Gen Uni Bar. It’s got an adjustable dual length bar, a spectra sheeting/throw line, sliding stopper, single center-line safety depower, low V, above bar large metal depower cleat with a Velcro attachment option to keep the depower control toggle from tangling and a push away quick release with travel guard. The center lines end in a knot, the outside lines end in loops and the length of sheeting/throw can be adjusted at the cleat for varying arm lengths of kiters or the type of riding desired. The Uni features foam floats and the tips of the bar are hard while the outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. Testers liked the thin diameter grip and fairly firm texture as well as the bent up bar grip.

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