Sizes Available: 2.8, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16m
Sizes Tested: 12, 14, 16m

Naish Says:

The Boxer delivers both incredible low-end power while its Quad-Tex canopy and Luff Strut contribute to a controlled top-end handling. Originally designed for foiling, the Boxer has a wide range of power, quick turns and great downwind drift. These characteristics also make the Boxer amazing for light wind freeriding and down-the-line wave riding. The Boxer also has the widest range in sizes available of any Naish kite, ranging from the all new 2.8 m² all the way up to 16 m².

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TKB Says:

The Boxer’s single strut airframe is back with subtle refinements and rave reviews from the Tkb test team for its impeccable balance between agility and low-end pulling power and user comfort. This year the Boxer got a completely redesigned inflation system. Instead of the Octopus system of year’s past, the Boxer has a simplified single inflation/deflation point which uses a high flow push button valve. With the previous system, you had to let air out of the struts via a small valve, but this year the struts deflate through the main valve so you don’t have to open/close and double-check the valve on the strut during re-inflation. This simplifies the rigging/pack-down process and the push-button valve is incredibly easy to operate while the hose twist locks into the valve so the hose never slips out during the inflation process. The Boxer features a single setting bridle that utilizes one slider to change the kite’s angle of attack. The front bridle pigtail ends in a knot and the wingtip pigtail attachment ends in a loop. The wingtips offer three attachment settings to adjust bar pressure, with the factory setting being the farthest back for the least amount of bar pressure. The canopy doesn’t use any battens. Instead, it has Naish’s shark tooth trailing edge and features minimal use of dacron on the wingtips which integrate Naish’s mesh water outlets to help shed water for faster relaunches.

The feedback from the testing team on the all-new Boxer was impressively positive with high praise for its solid pulling power, light to medium bar pressure and quick turning that kept the fun going surprisingly strong during the lighter wind sessions. Make no mistake. The Boxer has a ton of low grunty powerful pull that keeps twin tip riding juiced up in light wind conditions. But it packages that with an extremely comfortable cockpit feel that is easy on your arms with solid turning response and quick turning that gives it the agility to deliver an impressive range that comes from the design’s combination of grunt and agile flying. The power delivery along the bar’s throw feels incredibly progressive and intuitive which also helps to balance the low-end grunty pull of the lower aspect canopy. This year the Boxer seems to have more zenith stability with the user having to use less bar pressure to maintain the kite’s position on upwind tacks. Testers highlighted the Boxer’s gust handling and stable canopy with the single strut doing a sufficient job of keeping the canopy under control when depowered. The Boxer sits a little deeper in the window and has solid drift during off the wind riding that works really well to maintain line tension during hard carving transitions. In the 14 and 16m sizes, testers gave the Boxer solid marks for its vertical lift that was easy to set up for fun-sized send and release airs, with the hangtime float being the characteristic of the Boxer’s air game that really stood out. When it comes to relaunch, the Boxer’s LE flipped onto its side from nose down in the bottom of the window with a little bit of bar input and the kite taxied to one side and released from the water quite easily. The mesh screens built into the wingtips ensure that the larger kites don’t get stuck to the water in marginal conditions (there’s nothing worse than getting to the final stage of a light wind relaunch to watch the wingtip get weighted down with water). Testers unanimously agreed that the Boxer’s power to comfort ratio was off the charts with easy to use freeride performance that shined in marginal conditions. The Boxer is truly a session saver that brings smiles to freeride kiters while keeping the fun boosting and carving game going into the single digits.

The Naish Torque control system is a dual adjustable length bar (40-45cm or a 45-51cm option) that allows you to change its effective length by pulling out the bottom clip and swapping it around to get more or less leverage against steering the kite. Inside the bar ends the outside lines can be adjusted among a couple of knots to tune the bar or compensate for line stretch. The Torque bar’s center lines end in larks head loops and the outside lines end in knots. The shorter bar (40-45cm) features 20m lines plus 4m extensions, and the longer bar (45-51cm) is purchased with either 20m or 24m line lengths. The Torque features a single centerline depower system and can be purchased with either the below the bar power tuning (BTB) or the above the bar power tuning system (ATB). Both bars use a spectra throw line and cleat system. The above the bar tuning system allows for adjustable length throw and features a minimal toggle handle with Velcro to keep excess slack from slapping around.

The BTB system offers the power adjustment located below the bar at the quick release. The quick release features a hand swivel for untwisting the center lines that also acts as a quick-release guard and the push away quick release pushes out and cocks into the open position. To reset it you just have to push the harness loop back into the hole and then push the handle down until you hear the little click reset. It has a really nice motion that has a click and with a little tug you know it’s connected. The quick release features a plastic molded finger for preventing unwanted unhooking. The tuning cleat at the base of the quick release is easy to operate; like all below the bar tuning systems, it’s best to adjust when the bar is sheeted out and you have less pulling power in the kite. The factory setting for throw length does seem to be a bit longer for someone with shorter arms, and in that case, you might want to adjust the stopper, which can be done with an Allen/fin key to keep the bar a little closer. For those surfers out there and normal-sized riders, the longer throw will work just fine. The Torque features foam floats integrated into the bar end which have a good amount of flex in them and a retractable/hiding bungee that has a plastic tab for pulling the bungee out and securing your lines when you’re done with your session. The Torque features a nice rubbery asymmetrical grip with a bunch of gusset holes, an asymmetrical diameter and raised humps that get smaller as you move your hands towards the center. Overall, the Torque has a really nice feeling with a little bit of softer padding on the top and is denser on the bottom with a little thinner grip, with a triangular shape. The center insert that the throw line runs through features a replaceable plastic insert (two Allen screws) and an imprinted Naish logo on the anodized insert to tell you if you’re holding the bar the right way. The color-coding on this bar is really obvious. Solid red on the left, solid blue on the right, and compared to industry standards, has pretty solid safety color-coding that is very clear. Overall, the Torque control system is a feature-rich bar with a noticeably light weight that is really comfy and has a ton of options for kiters of all levels.

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