DUOTONE Jaime
Sizes Available: 130 x 39cm, 133 x 40cm, 136 x 41cm, 139 x 42cm, 142 x 43cm
Sizes Tested: 139 x 42cm

Duotone Says:

The Jaime is a board that needs no introduction, it has plenty of fans all over the world and has inspired the style and progression of thousands, yet it is again completely redesigned to again set the benchmark. It is the go-to board at your local spot and all your travels all over the world. The Double Diffusor Bottom provides plenty of grip for blasting upwind, and the board is fast and dynamic through the water. Perfect for hooked and unhooked tricks, the board rides exceptionally well with straps thanks to its unique shape and flex. Wide tips offer a massive amount of pop, and the medium flex ensures comfort in all conditions. If you want to boost massive airs, throw down some freestyle and land mega loops at Mach10, this is the board for you.

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Our Testers Say:

“Loved the straps and the way they wrapped my feet like a comfortable loafer. Smooth handling, super upwind ability and great pop. Not a single downside — loved this board, it rocks!” // Kiter Mike

“Grippy edge control, floaty, nice pop, soft landings. Skatey but carves will in chop, fun and playful with nice handling. Straps difficult to adjust while in the water.” // Joe Chehock

“Decent flex, goes nicely through chop, good all around board. Great carves and turns, great load and pop and excellent upwind ability. Love the straps/bindings, easy to adjust and extremely comfortable.” // Micha Dassler

Meet Our Testers

Tkb Says:

The Jaime is Duotone’s classic board that does just about everything well, straddling the freeride and performance freestyle worlds with a very fun and comfortable twin tip that can take on just about everything. While Duotone now offers the Jaime twin tip in regular and in carbon Textreme construction, it’s worth pointing out that the classic Jaime was already a lightweight smoking rocket of a board. One of the most noticeable aspects of taking the Jaime for a spin is its user-friendly upwind tracking. The Jaime bottom shape offers a unique center concave that transitions into a quad concave in the tail. The rocker and the outline work with the fins to help the Jaime lock in an edge and blast upwind without a ton of rider input. The Jaime’s outline and medium flex cuts through chop with a luxuriously smooth ride. That same flex pattern works to give you good load and pop; this board just feels active and approachable for all levels of riders. The Jaime ranks high in carving with its outline and pulled in tips making this board fun to carve rail to rail and slash in the small swells. The Jaime formula is unbeatable, mixing comfort and intuitive handling with sporty performance that only the most hardcore freestylers could want for more. The Jaime is an excellent progression board for newer kiters that will keep this along for the ride clear into the advanced stages of freeride and initial stages of freestyle.

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 centerline can also be adjusted and the binding has a nice low-profile frame that hugs the deck and feels very securThe 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 person to person 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/