Sizes Available: 5.5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17m
High Wind Test Sizes: 5.5, 7m
The next generation Taina V6 reacts very precisely and allows riders to position the kite anywhere in an instant. This all-round beast turns sharp, jumps high, has incredible grunt and catches well during mega-loops. Due to its great depower, sending the kite in overpowered conditions without losing your edge is easily achieved, its power delivery is exponential giving the kite a superb vertical lift.
The Taina has incredible upwind performance and the ability to fly on all points of the sail. With small wingtips, a big projected area with 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 user-friendly characteristics make its shaped profile a kite that virtually is impossible to stall and re-launches effortlessly. Due to the Taina’s total depower ability; this kite is very safe and easy to use.
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The Star Taina in its high wind sizes eats up gusts with user-friendly performance that makes this a great all around cruiser. With a low aspect Delta-shaped canopy the 3-strut Taina features a quick inflation Boston valve and a solid build with plenty of Dacron and a short batten along the trailing edge. The single setting front bridles use a single pulley while the wingtip offers three attachment settings to adjust bar pressure and turning speed. The pigtails are color-coded, with the front bridle pigtails ending in a knot and the wingtip pigtails ending in a loop. With solid bar pressure, it gives you a very strong idea of where the kite is at all times and kite feedback. While the steering arc is more of a pivot than a larger arc, it’s overall turning speed is predictable and smooth for a 6m kite — certainly not the fastest in the test, but likely just the right speed for 98% of kiters. The Taina in this size has a fair amount of bar throw and the kite had excellent depower when the wind was honking; the team all agreed that the Taina comes alive in the higher end of this kite’s wind range. The swept back wingtips make for a quick relaunch from deep within the window. Overall, we recommend the Taina as a great freeride high wind option with its super stable flying, quick relaunch and extensive depower. The testing team gave the Taina solid marks for wave riding in gusty conditions or as a great option for freeride foilboarding where turning speed and low-end power aren’t that desirable.
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. The Elite bar offers a nice medium to soft Eva foam that is easy on the hands with comfortable raised texture on the grip. The bar ends are padded which is a nice feature if they come in contact with your face or bare skin and overall the Elite packages a ton of useful features into a relatively lightweight web designed package.
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