Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10m
The Rebel is a kite that has defined a generation of riders; it’s the best freeride kite on the market and the perfect tool to help you improve your riding. More than that though the Rebel was made for flying, no other kite in the Duotone range offers as much hangtime and float when you are jumping. Load up the edge and sheet in on take-off for an experience like no other.
This year, Flex Struts have been incorporated into the design; these allow the kite to twist when you input steering response through the bar. This has made the Rebel much faster through the turn and more dynamic than in previous years. The kite feels sportier, more like a race car, finely tuned and ready for action.
The wind range on the Rebel is outstanding, the five-strut design keeps the shape stable in the air, so at the top end there is almost no limit, the jumps just get bigger, and the hangtime lasts longer.
From your very first jumps to the biggest airs you could possibly imagine; the Rebel is the perfect partner every step of the way. Get ready for take-off and experience flying in a way you can only get with the Rebel!
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This year the Rebel gets some small tweaks with new material in the struts (flex struts) and other small changes aimed at increasing steering response and turning speed, but otherwise, you still get the high octane big air freeride that Rebel aficionados know and love.
The Rebel continues as a 4-line (with 5-line option) performance freeride kite with a robust 5-strut higher aspect ratio airframe. The Trinity TX canopy fabric is crisp and strong with two short battens on each wingtip and the wingtips get a reduced weight Dacron that extends along the trailing edge. The Rebel continues to use the 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 Rebel uses a single setting fixed bridle that doesn’t use any pulleys/sliders to change the angle of attack. Most noticeable, for this year Duotone is using a new bridle material it calls Flite99, which is a super thin diameter bridle material that cuts down on drag and weight. The front bridle attachment features a knot and the wingtip attachment pigtail ends in a loop. Like the Neo, the Rebel uses the adaptive tip tuning setup that offers two settings: ‘Soft’ is the farther aft position and ‘Hard’ is the farther forward. The Rebel continues with bar pressure that ranges from medium on the ‘Hard’ setting to light to medium on the ‘Soft’ setting.
With its 5-strut airframe, the Rebel is designed to handle high-end powered up riding, giving the rider a super stable canopy that can be pushed to the power limits for really big sends. One of the true strengths of the Rebel which seems to be highlighted this year is that while it can perform at the upper edge, it also feels nimble and reactive on the middle and lower-end of the power envelope. The bar pressure rings it at light to medium bar pressure, which felt like it might be a tad lighter than the previous version with a bit more front line load that translates to a super comfortable riding experience while still sending kite feedback to the bar. Particularly, we thought the sheeting and power delivery on this year’s model felt a bit more progressive and even along the throw of the bar, whereas in previous models the power delivery happened in smaller increments closer to the bar. This more progressive feel didn’t seem to tame the Rebel’s explosive lift but just makes the power control a tad more intuitive for riders of all levels. The depower felt great on this kite and the steering seemed incrementally more responsive for easier kite placement, which paid off particularly for juicing big jumps out of the lower end of the kite’s wind spectrum. The upwind ability on the Rebel is quite impressive, which is particularly important when you’re scoring lofty hangtimes that take you well downwind—there’s nothing worse than pulling punches on your big air game because you’re afraid you can’t get back upwind. Overall, we are giving the Rebel high marks and bonus points for widening its audience beyond the adrenalin freaks. Instead of just a monster air specialty tool, the Rebel continues to evolve into a highly nuanced user-friendly freeride machine that still rears its high-octane high-lift trigger-happy explosive boosting for the heavy hitters in the Rebel crowd.
The Click Bar got an upgraded line set this year along with a more subdued colorway but keeps much of the successful formula from last year’s design. The new kite lines boast a smaller diameter, stronger breaking force and less stretch to increase the crisp communication of control inputs directly into the airframe. 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 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 with integrated floats, a fairly dense EVA grip that feels asymmetrical in your palm with subtle raised bumps between your fingers, and a very comfortable stamp pattern running the entire length of the bar. This year the colorway gets more subdued with overall gray and white tones mixed with red highlights to ensure visual awareness for polarity.
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