Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12, 14m
High Wind Test Sizes: 5, 7m
Predictable power development, direct bar feel, intuitive steering and plenty of “sheet-in-and-go” are just a few characteristics that make the Pivot one of the most sought-after kites on the market. Adapting to a wide variety of wind and wave conditions, this kite features a medium aspect ratio for substantial low-end power. Effortless jumping and great upwind performance make this kite very dynamic. Very responsive, it pivots quickly and easily on a small axis of rotation. Minimal power increase through turns, for super-smooth carving through waves and enhanced control going into and out of kiteloops.
Now constructed with Quad-Tex—the most advanced kite canopy material in existence—the Pivot is livelier and stronger, stiffer fabric transfers energy more directly putting riders in complete control. Easy-handling, well-rounded and incredibly versatile, it’s clear to see how the Pivot has become the all-around choice for everyone, everywhere.
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With a mean pivot type steering arc, the name says it all — the Naish Pivot is a super lively freeride machine that keeps you moving at mach speed for fun and lively session. One of the only kites in the test to take a higher aspect approach to a high wind kite, the Pivot is a little bit of a different animal in victory at sea conditions, yet nonetheless refined for precision fun flying at the upper end of the wind envelope. The Naish Pivot is a 3-strut SLE with swept back wingtips and a higher aspect shaped canopy. The Pivot has a high flow Boston valve that requires the larger inflation nozzle on standard pump hoses and Naish’s proprietary internal check valve for easy inflation of the strut without the clunky distribution hose. This system does require that you open a 9mm check valve on the strut when deflating the kite that you need to remember to close before your next inflation. The Pivot features a single set-it-and-forget-it front bridle and three steering settings on the wingtip. The rigging is color coded with the wingtip leader lines ending in knots and the bridle pigtail ending in a knot. As a high aspect shape, the Pivot flies fast across the window and feels incredibly efficient in the air. In the turning department the Pivot features crisp steering response yet the overall turning speed is quite predictable and user-friendly — the kite turning speed seems to accelerate through the duration of the turn. The bar pressure is one of the lightest in the test which is noticeably easy on your arms during a long session while not impacting kite awareness. The Pivot likes to be actively flown through the window; parking the kite and sheeting in isn’t the most effective way to generate power on this model. Like many of the smaller kites in the test, in underpowered conditions, this aspect becomes particularly apparent if you oversheet the kite while it is not moving. One of the most notable qualities is the Pivot’s impressive amount of lift for huge boosting freestyle while it’s precise and controlled turning makes big air freestyle very manageable in victory at sea conditions. The relaunch on the Pivot is great – we were able to get a relaunch in underpowered conditions that pretty much saved the kite from an inevitable death taco in the waves of Waddell. While the Pivot takes a different approach to high wind kites, it’s a great option for high wind big boosting freestyle and those that really like to fly their kite aggressively in the waves.
The Pivot came with Naish’s all new Torque BTB (comes with Below the Bar power adjustment) Control System but can also be flown with Naish’s Torque ATB (Above the Bar power adjustment). First off, let’s praise Naish for coming up with names for their different bar configurations that don’t make your head spin. This bar features a dual adjustable length bar (45-50cm) with a single center-line safety depower, low-V, spectra sheeting/throw line, replaceable insert, no sliding stopper, and below the bar power adjustment with custom cleat built into the quick release body that doubles as a quick release guard. The quick release integrates a below the bar swivel which keeps the rigging above the bar refreshingly simple. The molded foam floats are a good size but fold down easy for quick and painless wrap jobs and the retractable bungees have an easy to grab tab and a solid clip to ensure your lines stay on the bar between sessions. The adjustable bar ends make it easy to adjust the effective length of the bar and also allow you to tune the outside lines for length.
The chicken finger is a rigid material that ensures against foul hooks and can be rotated out of position for easy hook and unhooking for the more aggressive freestyle riders out there. The grip has a nice rubber feel with solid texture and an ergonomic shape that accommodates both riders with wide and narrow grip stances (smaller bar diameter in the center for narrow grip stance riders). Like all below the bar adjustment systems you’ll want to make power adjustments with the bar sheeted out; using this technique we had no problem changing the angle of attack in all kinds of conditions. Overall, the Torque has the unique distinction of packing a ton of useful features into a lightweight, well-designed package.
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