DUOTONE Soleil Textreme
Sizes Available: 132 x 38cm, 136 x 39cm
Sizes Tested: 136 x 39cm
The Soleil Textreme is completely new to the range, especially designed for kitesurfing women, offering that extra bit of performance due to the extremely light Textreme Carbon. The Space Flex Technology makes it even lighter than it anyway is, yet makes it durable and giving this piece of art that little bit of extra pop. The narrow outline is one of the reasons the Soleil is smooth even in rough conditions, making the ride always controlled and comfortable. The Carbon Beam construction provides the board with a lively feel that is very reactive to rider input. Rail to rail carving is a dream while the pop is impressive. The softer flex in combination with the Space Flex Technology ensures the ride is smooth, even on the choppiest of days and the Step Mono Concave bottom gets you going early. Of course, also the Soleil Textreme is equipped with the new rail handles, making handling of the board easy and helps you with this extra grip for any kind of grabs and board offs. With the Soleil Textreme you get a female specific board which performs at any time on the water, but also could be art decorating your house. Either way, you´ll always have a smile on your face using the Soleil Textreme.
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Our Testers Say:
“Great board, flies upwind with little effort, easy to control, very friendly and steers very well as it glides through chop. Great board for smaller kiters of all levels.” // Kristin Vincenzo
“As a dude, I want one of these lady boards as it met all that I expect a board to do with a light, smooth through chop ride which is easy to edge and delivers friendly pop.” // Tib Anghel
The Soleil is the smaller person (female) oriented board of the Duotone lineup that is geared, much like the Select (which replaced the X-Ride this year), towards all around freeride performance. We tested the Soleil in the Textreme version which features the carbon construction that when combined with the narrower outline yields an amazing low overall weight. The flex pattern is geared for both smaller riders and general freeride use, which gave the Soleil excellent reviews for a comfortable and smooth ride. Words like ‘predictable’ and ‘intuitive’ frequented tester feedback for the Select, with many testers praising the Select’s super forgiving and soft landings — being the smaller model of this board, the Soleil feedback was similar. Testers gave the Soleil solid marks for its chop handling ability and felt the Soleil had a fairly grippy feel that went upwind extremely well. Note, most of our testers were men, but that did not prevent the Soleil from scoring high reviews from testers of both sexes. The narrower template works great for smaller riders and delivers really great carves from rail to rail. The softer flex pattern works well for load and pop with smaller riders and when combined with its user-friendly and comfortable cruising characteristics, the Soleil scores high points as a general freeride board for smaller riders of all skill levels.
Our Duotone twin tips came with the Entity pads and straps system. The Entity features the new snap adjustment straps that replace the standard Velcro enclosure for the snap system you find on the back of a standard baseball hat. The Entity pad offers a ton of adjustment with the board offering a track system for a large and infinite degree of stance width adjustment and a large number of options for adjusting duck. The Entity’s position relative to center line can also be adjusted and the binding has a nice low-profile frame that hugs the deck and feels very secure. The footbeds have a nice rubbery feeling with medium to soft plushness, subtle heel cupping and soft toe bumps that allow your toes to really bite into the pad. The center of the footbed offers a little bit of contour under the arch of your foot and the entire setup ensures that your foot has a sure grip on the board. The straps themselves are dual adjustable and each anchor point can be moved forward or aft in the binding to get the perfect coverage for your foot. The straps have a soft velvety fabric feel underneath that testers really liked. Tester reviews were always emphatically positive on the Entity’s comfort, although the snap-based closure system on the straps had its fans and its critics. The snaps might take a little bit more effort to lineup compared to Velcro and is probably an exercise best left for the beach with two free hands. It’s a nifty design, but whether it moves the ball forward for you is largely a personal decision. Overall, the Entity is one of those pad and strap systems that received universal raving praise for its comfort and control.
With the help of 14 testers from all walks of kiteboarding, Tkb’s staff assembled detailed gear reviews with objective performance criteria of the latest 2019 kites, twin tips and foilboards all packed into one neat and tidy 180-page digital package. Get all the reviews in convenient digital guide here: https://www.thekiteboarder.com/product/2019-freeride-gear-review-guide/