Sizes Available: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 12m
The 2018 CrazyFly Sculp is a versatile all-around performer, suitable for a wide range of riders and styles. It delivers consistency in all riding disciplines and offers incredible wind range and ease of use.
For 2018, we have re-worked the Sculp, fine-tuned the shape and bridle and exploited new possibilities of producing kites in our own factory in Europe. Shape wise, the Sculp now has high aspect ratio, which makes the kite slimmer and much faster. This also results in a more Delta shape which offers smooth, stable, and predictable flight with progressive power delivery and amazing jumping, boosting and lift.
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.
We re-worked the construction and again pushed the limits of strength, rigidity and weight of the kite. 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/sculp
Our Testers Say:
“Launch was very smooth, stays up at 12 noon without falling out of the sky to either side. Great water relaunch and very comfortable bar handle.” // Chris Myles
“This kite inspires you to really pull the trigger. Its movements are slow and methodical across the window, very consistent and predictable, which gives you confidence to boost. Although it’s no elevator, it can get up and go if you really put the hammer down.” // Dray Murray
“Huge improvement from last year: the Sculp surprised me with its overall performance, it had power on demand with a forgiving smooth delivery that was perfect for lofty airs and low-end grunt.” // Justin Lord
The Sculp is back this year with a bit of refinement but much of the same easy freeride characteristics found in previous model years. The Sculp is a 3-strut medium aspect kite (perhaps higher aspect than last year) that features the industry standard Boston valve that requires the larger inflation nozzle you find on most pumps for a quick and easy inflation. The Sculp features three settings on the wingtips for adjusting turning speed and 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 front bridle pigtail ends in a loop and the wingtip attachment points end in a knot. The Sculp features solid bar pressure that delivers most of the kite’s power in a fairly short throw that keeps all the controls close to your body. You can really feel the power of the kite in the final few inches when sheeting the bar in and compared to the Tango, the Sculp is a bit more mild-mannered and predictable in the turning department, taking a bit more input to initiate turns, yet at a very comfortable speed. The Sculp is very predictable, although when flown aggressively it can deliver solid airs and decent hangtime for a good freestyle session. With a bit of pressure on one side of the bar the Sculp would relaunch every time. Overall, the Sculp is definitely the all-rounder freeride cruising option in the CrazyFly lineup.
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 that earned solid marks from the testers for comfort and function.
Visit for more info on the bar: https://www.crazyflykites.com/cf2018/sick-bar
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.