Sizes Available: 11, 13, 15, 17m
Sizes Tested: 13m

Duotone Says:

This season the Duotone Juice is a completely new light wind concept — up from now on, any foiler or freerider will only need one size of a Juice in the quiver! Each size works in nearly the same wind range, but with different types of riders on different boards! Due to the brand-new super lightweight construction, the Juices are 15% lighter than in the previous season and in combination with the new concept, you´ll be on the water earlier than ever before! Especially foilers will love the constant pull and the very consistent bar feedback during downloops.

Visit for more info: https://www.duotonesports.com/kiteboarding/kites/juice/

TKB Says:

This the first year we tested the Juice in our light wind test and it certainly made an impression with its almost improbable combination of gutsy low-end pulling power and nimble high-performance big-air lifting capabilities. The Juice is a three strut higher aspect light wind dedicated kite that features an open C-shape profile with a sweptback leading edge. The wingtips feature a sparing amount of dacron and the canopy uses a double ripstop trailing edge with four battens to give the larger canopy material greater stability. The Juice uses Duotone’s large diameter inflation valve dubbed the ‘Max Flow’ system which connects directly with Duotone’s pump hose without the use of a nozzle; the inflation system’s twist valve rotates with the insertion of the hose to keep air locked in the kite. Deflation can happen through both the inflation valve and a dump valve on one side of the kite, making both inflation and deflation quick and easy. The Juice uses a single setting front bridle that employs a single slider to help adjust its angle of attack and the wingtips offers three attachment points to adjust between bar feel ‘hard, medium and soft’  with the stock setting dialed to ‘medium.’ The front bridle attachment points end in a knot and the wingtip attachment points end in a larks head loop.

The Juice is an energetic pulling machine that feels incredibly efficient through the window. The higher aspect canopy feels like it begins to snowball immense pulling power as it builds apparent wind, meaning that the faster the kite moves, the more it wants to pull. It seemed at times that the 13m pulled like a 15m with the handling of a 12m. The bar feel on the Juice isn’t as progressive as other models in Duotone’s lineup — it feels like you get a ton of power delivery within a smaller range of movement on the bar and may be more tuned for aggressive kiters. The steering response feels fairly crisp for such a higher aspect canopy while the steering arc feels quite a bit wider and seems to want to create a ton of pull through the entire path of the turn. The Juice does an excellent job of having a very powerful grunty pull that is very useable in upwind riding. The Juice can be a beast but the pull comes from the front of the window and goes upwind exceptionally well. In many respects, it feels like a race kite with some extra maneuverability. When it comes to jumping, we were absolutely floored by the amount of lift that this kite seemed to generate in lower wind situations. Sending the Juice might take a bit more user skill, but it felt like it was building tremendous vertical momentum through the kite’s sending trajectory which then released into massive lift which translated into big explosive jumps that were insanely fun. The Juice offered decent hangtime, but the vertical boost was what stood out amongst our test and earned it super high marks. The relaunch on the Juice was reliable; the canopy flipped up quite easily from dead downwind and then taxied to the side of the window where the wingtip released from the water. For most riders, the low-end pulling power will be the quality that stands out the most with the Juice, but for more aggressive riders its lifting power in light wind conditions combined with its fairly nimble but powerful steering will lead to adrenaline-filled lower wind sessions.

The Juice can be flown with either the Click bar or the Trust bar; descriptions of both bar options are below.

The Click bar was the first bar to scrap the dangling power strap and integrate power tuning into the bar and with four years under its belt, it’s now got the proven track record to cast aside doubts. The Click bar is available in two sizes, either the smaller fixed-length 42cm wide bar with 22m (20m+2m extension) lines or the original 49cm length with 24m (22m+2m extension) lines. The Click bar features a single centerline safety depower system and an adjustable attachment point that allows you to swap the height of the center lines’ V (it’s worth noting that you don’t have to re-thread the entire length of a line through a ring to accomplish the change). The outside lines end in knots and the center lines end in loops. The Click bar features a molded plastic throw line that untwists itself after you spin, a sliding stopper to adjust the length of throw and Duotone’s proven push away quick release. The quick release when opened horizontally, locks into an open position, holding the gate open. Reassembly is easy: one hand inserts the loop back into position and pushes on the catch button while the other hand raises the quick release handle so the catch can move back into its closed position and then the handle is moved back into the locked position.

The Click bar can be purchased with one of the four chicken/connection loop options that are tailored to your specific style of riding. Most freeride-oriented kiters might choose the Freeride connection loop which is the smallest option, keeping the bar close to your body. The historically normal-sized loop is now called the ‘Freestyle Kit,’ which is sized in the middle for both hooked and unhooked riding. For riders that unhook all day long, there is a large ‘Wakestyle’ loop and for those that only ride with a surf slider rope, there is the ‘Rope Harness Kit,’ which is a small loop with an integrated metal slider to reduce friction and keep the bar close to the rider. Swapping the loops out is easy; you just need a fin key to remove a ¾ inch set screw to change out the desired loop. The Click bar settles the debate between above or below the bar tuning by placing it exactly at your fingertips. The twisting motion for powering up takes a little bit of focus while riding at first and the button for depower is easily accessed at all times. While it’s a big shift from the systems we have come to know, seamless controls like this are the future of the sport. The ratchet knob built into the bar end is easy to grab a hold of and easy to rotate once you have some familiarity with it and works while kiting with easy tuning on the fly. The Click bar also integrates two visual indicators that reveal the power position the bar is set to; one is located on the bar itself, moving left to right and the second is a small red indicator on the leader line for the right outside line. You don’t realize how you visually assess the trim strap’s position until it is gone, so these indicators are actually a very nice feature. Compared to other systems, the mechanics of Duotone’s Click bar is entirely closed, which means you won’t be washing it out. The Click bar features retractable bar bungees, soft bar ends and integrated floats with a fairly dense EVA grip that feels asymmetrical in your palm with subtle raised bumps between your fingers and a very comfortable stamp pattern along the entire length of the bar.

The second bar option for Duotone kites is the tried and true Trust bar which received a colorway change this year that sets it apart from the Click bar’s orange and blue chassis. The Trust bar’s left float and bar end are now colored a vibrant yellow to indicate the correct orientation. The Trust bar is a standard 4-line bar with an optional 5th line aftermarket upgrade package, so in theory, you could switch back and forth between 4 and 5-lines from the same base bar purchase. The Trust bar is a dual adjustable length bar that comes in two options, 42/49cm and a 46/53cm length. On the smaller bar, you can choose between 19 or 22m lines and on the longer bar, you can choose between 24 and 27m lines. Duotone feels line length is an important tunable feature to match with your kite and style of riding. Our kites came with the 4-line base version with the single centerline safety depower that runs up to one of the bridles. The center lines are knotted for rigging purposes and the outside lines end in loops. The adjustable length spectra throw line features a tuning cleat with a magnet on the depower strap to keep it in place. The Trust has a push away quick release with a below the bar hand swivel that also functions as a quick release travel guard. At the time of purchase, you can select from four different chicken loop options (Wakestyle, Freestyle, Freeride and Rope Harness). We tested the bar with the Freestyle loop, but we think the Freeride loop is an excellent idea for those kiters that won’t be riding unhooked. The Trust features a spectra trim/throw line, a sliding stopper for long tacks and a firm molded chicken finger to prevent accidental unhooking. The padded bar ends are tunable and offer integrated floats and retractable bar bungees for a clean wrap up. In addition to adjusting the length of the bar, you can adjust the length of the outside lines by pulling the bar ends apart and choosing from three color-coded knots for length options (green/blue/red). The bar grip is fairly plush EVA with middle of the road texture which makes the Trust a very comfy and feature-rich bar. The Trust bar is a long time favorite of testers and the limited changes to the bar this year lends credence to the proposition:  Don’t mess with perfection.

Visit for more info on the bar: www.duotonesports.com/kiteboarding/bars/


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