Sizes Available: 3, 5, 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 14.5, 17m
Sizes Tested: 7, 10, 14.5m
The RRD Emotion MK3 is a one-strut kite developed for those who are looking for a kite that is specifically designed for light wind performance, freeriding and hydrofoiling with great turning speed, stability, and boosting power.
A lightweight, simple, clean, and easy to use kite with exceptional relaunch is the standard for the new RRD Emotion MK3. Developing a stable profile in low winds, gusty winds, and overpowered conditions, while maintaining exceptional relaunching, was a real design challenge. But the decision to offer a new thrilling alternative for kiters that want to simplify their quiver and be able to be the first one on the water easily outweighed that challenge. It is truly amazing how compact this kite is and how little wind is needed to fly and to get you riding. The MK3 is suited for all disciplines, from freestyle to freeride, or from hydrofoiling to waves. The Emotion MK3 is a faithful companion that will enhance your stoke for the sport. The beginning of a new age for kiteboarding has just started.
Visit for more info: www.robertoriccidesigns.com/equipment/kite/kites/emotion-mk3/
Our Testers Say:
“Really love the bar, clean and simple all around. Like the stiff last three inches of the depower toggle, great design instead of flappy toggle with Velcro.” // Kurt Althen
“Smooth turning, it felt instantly comfortable, Stable, easy turning kite that did everything I wanted to without demanding my attention.” // Marko Bartscherer
“Light, nimble and fun with quick pivot turns, good wind range, fast but not crazy fast turns and remarkably stable. The kite can drift but it needs rear line tension to steer. Good relaunch.” // Dray Murray
The RRD Emotion is a low to medium aspect single strut kite that RRD positions as a light wind freeride option. The Emotion uses a large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose for quick and easy pump up. With a single setting attachment point on the wingtip and a single setting front bridle that utilizes one pulley, this is a very simple set it and forget it kite as far as tuning goes. The front bridle attachment point ends in a loop and the outside attachment point ends in a knot. This lower aspect single strut earned solid praise for its user-friendly progressive power delivery with fairly crisp steering response and middle of the road turning speed which is not by any means radical, but predictable for progression kiters and foilboarding. When it comes to flutter, the Emotion does a pretty solid job of keep the flutter to a minimum and mostly in overpowered situations which is the norm with single-strut kites. Bar pressure seemed on the light side of medium and the relaunch was reliable every time from the heart of the window; with a bit of input from the bar, the kite would rotate and taxi towards the edge of the window before releasing from the water. Overall, the Emotion earned some very positive praise for its all around freeride user-friendliness and comfort, great as an option for the aspiring kiter and casual freeride kiters that prize comfort before radical performance.
The Emotion came with the Global bar which is a fixed length bar available in a single length of 55cm with 22m lines. The Global features loops at the end of the center lines and knots at the end of the outside lines for connecting to the kite. While the lines do not offer the option for extensions, the bar features a single center line safety depower system and a low V with an above the bar tuning cleat with Velcro on the depower strap. The trim loop opens and can be wrapped around the center line for to keep the toggle in place if adjustment on the fly is not desired. The Global features a static length plastic coated throw/depower line with a sliding stopper and the safety line runs up the center keeping the bar very simple, uncluttered and clean. The Global features an easy to use push away quick release, a QR shield and a below the bar hand swivel. The floats are integrated into the padded bar ends, (line lengths not tunable) and the bar bungees are not retractable. At first use, the bar diameter falls on the narrow side, but the grip is fairly cushiony with big padded bar ends that have sufficient space to wind lines. RRD has clearly put some time into the development of this bar and offers a sold mix between tech, function and simplicity.
Visit for more info on the bar: http://www.robertoriccidesigns.com/equipment/global-bar-v8/
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