Cabrinha’s Twin Tip Product Manager Dave Kay (DK) gives us a peek inside the Cabrinha board factory and tells us what is so special about the Palownia wood cores.
The 2013 RRD Obsession is a 5-strut medium-high-aspect kite.
The 2013 RRD Vision is a 3-strut medium-aspect kite. It has a relatively large leading edge and unique graphics.
For 2013 the CrazyFly Sculp is a medium-aspect 3-strut kite. Compared to the 2012 version it is higher aspect and has a new bridle configuration.
While many riders are not familiar with JN Kites they are a long-time brand that did not have a presence in the US until just recently.
Both the 2013 Core XR2 and the 2013 Core GTS2 are 5-strut kites with a unique large-diameter inflation valve, but they look very different in the sky.
Long known for their twin-skin ram air kites, we had a chance to test the 2012 Peter Lynn Fury and Escape, the first inflatable kites produced by the company.
The 2013 Best Armada is a relatively lightweight and beautifully finished twin tip.
For the 2013 Freeride Gear Test TKB trucked 28 kite models and 12 board models to La Ventana, Mexico, one of the best locations for reliable wind in North America during the winter months.
The IKA class meeting held last weekend in Rome has resulted in some important decisions for the 2013 season.
Six weeks of full time training in Brazil. Wow, that really paid off!
The Wainman Hawaii Rabbit 2.0 White Edition kites are low-aspect three-strut kites. These kites feature an adjustable bridle that can drastically change the feel and responsiveness of the kites.
The 2013 Slingshot Z looks very similar to the 2012 version and is a 3-strut low-aspect kite.
While overall the 2013 Rally looks very similar to the 2012 model it has received a big redesign for this year. The most obvious changes are the addition of two thin struts and a new bridle configuration.
The Ozone Edge is best known as a performance racing kite and for 2013 the Edge remains a high-aspect 5-strut kite.
The 2013 Ozone Catalyst is a 3-strut medium aspect kite with a relatively skinny leading edge.
Join Chris Bobryk for East Coast Overdose Part II as he explores South America’s east coast while knocking out bangers.
Now reentering the US market after an almost 10-year hiatus, we received a 2013 Gaastra Jekyll to test.
The 2012 Ocean Rodeo Prodigy is a 3-strut low-aspect kite that Ocean Rodeo markets as an all-around freeride kite.
The North Rebel has been an extremely popular kite and for 2013 it remains a 5-line 5-strut mid/high-aspect kite.
The 2013 North Evo is a 5-strut mid-aspect delta-hybrid kite and is targeted as the all-around kite in North’s line.
The 2013 Liquid Force NRG is a very flat 4-strut high-aspect kite. The most obvious change compared to the previous NRG is that the rear lines now connect directly to the kite.
The Envy has been a popular kite for the past few years and it remains a relatively low aspect 3-strut all-around kite for 2013.
For 2013 the F-One Bandit 6 remains a 3-strut Delta kite targeted for all riders and all styles of riding.
The Vector is a fairly low aspect 3-strut kite marketed as a simple all-around minimalist kite. This is the price point kite in the Cabrinha line.
The Switchblade is a medium aspect 5-strut kite marketed as an all-around performance kite. New for 2013 Cabrinha has introduced a new large-diameter inflation valve that is easier to use than the previous Cabrinha valve.
The 2013 Best TS is a medium aspect kite 5-strut kite. The TS V2 features the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric.
The 2013 Best Kahoona V5 is a 4-strut medium aspect kite. Our test Kahoona was the standard version meaning that it lacked a single-point inflation system.
The Varial X is a medium-high aspect five-strut kite marketed as high-performance bridled-C design (Airush calls it a SL-C).
The Lithium has been a popular kite for the past few years and remains a fairly low-aspect 3-strut kite targeted as an all-around performer for 2013. Overall the kite is very similar to the 2012 model with some small refinements including flexible trailing edge battens to address trailing edge flutter and bridle adjustments to change the kite’s turning speed and bar pressure.