Sizes Available: 7, 9, 10.5, 12m
Sizes Tested: 9, 12m
The 2018 Tango is a high performance freeride and wave kite for advanced to expert riders. The Tango is a modern open C-shape kite with lots of pull, power and pop. The Tango loves boosting and floaty jumps with amazing hang time. It turns quickly with predictable power and moves exactly where the rider wants it to go. Powered kite loops come with ease, plus the Tango provides amazing upwind abilities. For 2018, we have re-worked the Tango, fine-tuned the shape and bridle and exploited new possibilities of producing kites in our own factory in Europe. Shape wise, the Tango has short completely squared wingtips and short Linked bridle without pulleys or sliders for ultimate response and direct bar feel.
Brand new and exclusive to CrazyFly, we introduced Triplex, the most advanced ripstop material on the market. Triplex has by far the best strength to weight ratio and with triple coating its durability is unmatched. The coating protects the fabric from UV rays, salt and abrasive objects, such as sand. Triple coating and three ripstop yarns ensure the lowest possible elongation and deterioration of the material till date. With Strategic Dacron placement and Tailored Canopy, we created the most compact kite and the resulting performance is breathtaking.
Visit for more info: www.crazyflykites.com/cf2018/kites/tango
Our Testers Say:
“Surprisingly fun, great depower range and slightly jerky. The Tango has the pull of a horse but can easily be tamed with its wide depower range.” // Justin Lord
“Smooth, turns with just a little input from your hands. Effortless turning with such ease and grace it’s no wonder they named it the Tango.” // Max Mackendrick
“Quick turning but not that fastest kite through the window. It could backstall after landing jumps, but offered decent upwind ability and stability.” // Tom Turley
The Tango is CrazyFly’s C-shaped SLE hybrid that offers riders a bit more of a freestyle-centric feel in a 3-strut medium aspect kite than CF’s Sculp kite. Inflation is quick and easy with the industry standard Boston valve that requires the larger inflation nozzle you find on most pumps. The Tango features two settings on the wingtips for adjusting bar pressure while the front bridle is a single set it and forget it design with a fixed attachment point that doesn’t rely upon pulleys to change the kite’s angle of attack. The construction on the Tango is solid with plenty of protection in all the right places and a single batten in the trailing edge near the wingtip. Compared to the Sculp, the Tango has a little lighter bar pressure and offers faster turning speed and a pivot style steering arc that helps the kite stay in the same place as you initiate a turn. Much like the Sculp, the Tango has a fairly short throw in which the kite accomplishes its depower. Power delivery happens in the final increments of sheeting and some testers thought the Tango has less depower compared to the Sculp. With a fairly stable canopy the unhooked feel of the Tango makes this a better candidate for load and pop freestyle and for those that prefer a slightly more reactive and faster turning kite.
The Sick Bar is a full carbon fixed length (40, 45, 50, 55cm) bar with different line lengths based on bar length and a PU sheeting/throw line, no sliding stopper, metal insert, molded donkey dick and single center-line safety. While technically this kite has a low V, the single center-line safety has a chaser safety line that runs up approximately three quarters of the line length to achieve a simple but effective guaranteed flag-out. This year there’s a new above bar depower cam cleat that is now made out of metal rather than plastic with a larger patch of Velcro to keep the depower control toggle from tangling. The Sick Bar features the same push away quick release with integrated swivel that doubles as a quick release guard. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops and while the length of sheeting/throw cannot be adjusted for varying arm lengths of kiters or the type of riding, the throw required of the kite is fairly short so everything is always within grasp. A big change as of last year is additional stiffness in the rubbery bar ends that really helps keeping the lines tightly wound and organized on the bar when not in use. The bar ends are soft and incorporate easy to use non-retractable bungees and the outside leader lines do not adjust for tuning/stretch. The grip features a smooth rubbery texture with raised finger bumps with a middle of the road bar diameter and earned solid marks from the testers for comfort and function.
Visit for more info on the bar: https://www.crazyflykites.com/cf2018/sick-bar
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