Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15, 17m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9, 11m

Core Says:

Hang loose and ride knee highs like they’re overheads. Test your limits on those really big days. Or, just chill and cruise on your trusty surfboard, twintip or skimboard. The new CORE Free is there for you. With its mad surf skills, smooth air-style, and signature CORE ride-ability, you may suspect your new kite has super powers. And we think so too. This 3 strut, delta bow inspired design lets you be you. It’s a kite that gives you the freedom to surf, play or shred and experience the awesomeness of this wave, freeride, and hooked-in style master.

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Our Testers Say:

“Responsive, forgiving and super stable through the gusts, I could take the Free for a cruise or drive it like my Porsche.” // Rhonda Weiss.

“It’s got a great balance between turning speed and bar pressure.” // Jon Dixon.

“Stable enough for the surf and the hangtime is incredible.” // Dray Murray.

Meet Our Testers

TKB Says:

The 2017 Core Free is a medium to low aspect 3-strut delta shaped freeride kite with pulled back wingtips. The Core Free features three settings on the front bridle to adjust the directness and feedback of the kite and three settings on the wingtip to adjust bar pressure and the turning speed. Testers praised the Free for its super stable canopy, which stayed comfortably in the sky even in gusty conditions and it’s smooth power delivery. The Free’s predictable middle of the road turning speed makes it an easy kite for cruising and its medium plus bar pressure gives you great feedback on kite placement in the window. While its pivot style turn doesn’t create a ton of power in the turning arc, riders had no trouble keeping the kite in the power of the window and getting good range out of each kite in lighter conditions. Testers commented on the Free’s excellent relaunch — with the swept back leading edge of the delta shape it takes very little effort to get this kite to lift a wingtip and taxi to the side of the window where it would reliably pop back into the air. When properly loaded and released, the Free generated a fair amount of boost for good jumps and decent hangtime, but for massive air you might look for a more aggressive ride in the GTS4. Overall, testers gave the Free excellent marks as a all around easy to use freeride kite, recommending it for beginner and intermediate kiters looking for a reliable cruiser that also performs well in the waves.

We tested the Free with the Sensor 2S bar which features a dual adjustable length bar (46/52 cm) with 24m length lines. It comes equipped with a spectra sheeting/throw line, replaceable plastic insert, no sliding stopper, non-molded non removable donkey dick, double center-line safety depower, high V, above bar depower custom Clam cleat with a Velcro tuning handle to keep the depower control toggle from tangling and a twisting quick release with auto swivel that doubles as a quick release guard and integrates ceramic bearings for longevity. With knotted center lines and outside loops, the length of sheeting/throw can be adjusted for varying arm lengths of kiters or the type of riding. The non-molded foam floats are connected to the bar ends with the tips of the bar being hard. Overall, the diameter of the Core bar is fairly slim and feels good in the hand, while the outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. Testers really liked the bar’s simplicity with medium plush stamped grip and its small but sufficient bar end winders with non-retractable bungees.

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