Sizes Available: 132 x 41cm, 135 x 41cm, 135 x 43cm, 137 x 41cm, 137 x 43cm, 140 x 42cm
Sizes Tested: 137 x 41cm

CrazyFly Says:

After eleven years of proven performance, the legend in our range continues to impress and wears a crown of our best selling board. The Raptor is a freeride freestyle high performance board for intermediate to advanced riders that delivers never before experienced ride feelings. Thanks to a multi-chhannel bottom shape and V-tips, the Raptor has the perfect balance between speed and grip. The Step Cap deck technology allows for thinner rails for ultimate edging and amazing upwind.

CrazyFly’s newest exclusive technology is Nano Glide Skin on the bottom of the board. This layer helps the board track and go upwind better thanks to its micro channels. The Nano Glide skin foil has better gliding properties and generates speed quicker, plus it is more resistant to scratches. The top of the board has a brand new matt overprint for that eye catching premium look.

Raptor’s construction layup combines multi axial fiberglass and brand new X carbon. This construction is a little bit softer than the previous Raptor boards, making it more comfortable. The X carbon provides for plenty of pop to pull off tricks. Light Up sidewalls are stronger and lighter than ever with an attractive color changing look.

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Our Testers Say:

“The Raptor is a super light weight jumping machine with a locked in edge for deep carves, incredible pop and comfortable and grippy pads and straps. One of my favorite boards.” // Justin Lord

“Great upwind and no face splash, a real crowd pleaser and tons of adjustment in the straps. // Dray Murray

“Soft through the chop, great edging, excellent load and pop, solid carves. No surprises, smooth and comfy board.” // Paul Holcomb

Meet Our Testers

Tkb Says:

The Raptor is back for another year as CrazyFly’s performance freeride board in their standard construction. The Raptor features three stance width adjustments and around 10 options for adjusting duck stance. The bottom shape of the Raptor is the same as last year and features a fair amount of bottom shaping that gives the board a ton of directional grip while riding. Combined with its good sized fins, the Raptor has a fairly solid grippy feeling when you set an edge, although the Raptor is not quite as locked in as the Crazy Fly Shox we tested. The Raptor feels fast through the water, and while it doesn’t feature the carbon construction of the LTD, the Raptor feels very active, light and playful for its standard construction. The flex seems a hair bit stiffer than the LTD version but overall a very solid balance for the average kiteboarder’s load and pop fun factor. In the end, if you have the cash we’d recommend going the distance with the lighter LTD version of this board, but if you love the freeride fun factor of the shape and money is a consideration, then go with the Raptor as it is no slouch that holds its own against the boards in regular construction category of twin tips.

The Raptor came with the Hexa pad and strap system which received high praise from our testers for all around comfort and adjustability. The footbed features a fair amount of heel cup in the back, some gentle contours under the arch and solid toe grip up front to keep your foot in place during big moves. The dot-style grip EVA on the pad is grippy and strikes an excellent balance between plush and density factor to maintain solid control of the board with enough cushion for hard landings or pounding through the worst chop.


 

Want more gear reviews all in one place? Read detailed and objective reviews on the 30 kite models and 33 board models that Tkb and freeride testers reviewed for the 2018 Freeride Gear Review Guide.