Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17m
Sizes Tested: 9, 12, 14m
The RSeries is the ideal kite for performance riding in all styles and conditions. Its versatile crossover character adopts to the rider’s preferences, enabling him or her to boost big airs, throw spray off the lip of a wave or even land handle pass tricks.
We placed the turning axis of this four-line kite at its shoulder to create the perfect balance between powerful tip turning and pivotal center turning. This results in smooth turning velocity with a good amount of grunt. Perfect to initiate big air jumps and old school tricks.
A medium to high aspect ratio ensures you have a good lift/drag ratio. The RS provides a grunty pull and when triggered, it will take you up to massive heights. The design ensures that you sail down gently as the kite easily catches you. Even in choppy waters or gusty wind, going upwind is easy. The combination of bridle set up, sweep and aspect ratio ensures a wide wind range, stability and a position in the wind window that pulls you upwind. In short, the RS is a very agile but stable performance freeride kite that guarantees fun!
Make sure to look up our E/8 Trusted Quality section for more information on the many features and quality aspects of the RS.
Visit for more info: www.eleveightkites.com/products/kites/rs-series
Our Testers Say:
“Surprisingly well made kite that was stable and predictable however not the fastest turner; would be a great beginner option.” // Justin Lord
“Loved the tapered bar for its comfort; the kite is very stable, sheeting creates a lot of power and it’s easy to fly.” // Chris Myles
“Relatively light bar pressure, boost really big yet is mild mannered on the turning speed scale. Nice pull, good power range, clean bar, but the kite shines in the boosts because it takes you UP. ” // Dray Murray
If you think about what it takes to start a new kite company and deliver a complete line of products in a single year, the prospect seems almost unimaginable, but Eleveight has accomplished just that. The former designer of Best Kiteboarding, Peter Stiewe, and other Best staffers, formed their own company and this year we tested their freeride option. The RSeries kite by Eleveight is a medium to high aspect 3-strut kite with a sweptback leading edge that features a large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose for a quick and easy pump up. The RSeries has four battens built into the trailing edge and the wingtip attachment features two settings for adjusting between bar pressure and turning speed. The front bridle has a single option ‘set it and forget it’ arrangement that uses a single pulley to change the kite’s angle of attack. The front bridle pigtails end in loops and the wingtip connection point ends in a knot. Testers commented on the RSeries’ middle of the road bar pressure which strikes a nice balance between feedback and comfort. The canopy feels quite stable, staying solidly in the air even in the most gustiest of conditions. The canopy shape feels a bit like some of the higher performance-oriented freeride machines, such that it excels with strong lift/boosting chops for big air. The turning was fairly good for this type of performance freeride kite, even in the larger sizes kites. The relaunch was excellent—the kite reliably rolled up and launched from deep within the wind window. The kite was user-friendly and intuitive for jumping and the hangtime was out of this world. Overall, the RSeries would be a great kite for all levels of general freeride interested in big air, flying upwind and getting good, solid range out of their kites for cruising.
This kite came with the CSeries control bar which is a fixed length bar (47 or 52cm) that features a single center-line safety depower system with a low V and a spectra rope depower/throw line that offers an adjustable length throw as well as a sliding stopper. The bar‘s center lines end in knots and the outside lines end in loops and has no line extensions. The safety system features a push away quick release with a built-in hand swivel that also acts as a QR travel shield. Both the outside and center line lengths are tuneable and the bar ends feature retractable line bungees with slim plastic bar ends and external floats. Testers were impressed with the nifty design of Eleveight’s quick release and the ease of which it would reset—no pin, no lifting the cuff, just shove the end of the loop back in and you’re ready to ride again. The bar has a significantly tapered grip; it’s narrow at the ends and a thick diameter in the center where the trimline runs through the bar and where your thumbs and fingers wrap around for a different but quite intuitive feel.
Visit for more info on the bar: http://www.eleveightkites.com/products/bars
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