Kite Reviews

TKB Review: 2014 BEST TS

The Best TS is medium aspect 5-strut C-shaped kite that our testers found extremely stable with good upwind ability, making it an excellent choice for intermediate riders looking for a casual freestyle kite that will perform for wakestyle and wave riding as well.

TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Varial X

This year the Varial X shed two struts, becoming a three-strut medium to high aspect bridled-C design that works extremely well for boosting freestyle and earned very positive reviews.

TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Lithium

The Lithium is a moderately low aspect three strut delta hybrid kite offering medium bar pressure and direct steering response with a pivot style turn that generated very predictable power and relaunched well from dead downwind.

2013 F-One Trust Kite Review

The 2013 F-One Trust is a new freeride-oriented kite from F-One. At first glace it is very similar to the 2012 F-One Volt 2, but it has been updated and also uses a new control bar.

TKB REVIEW: 2013 Naish Trip Strutless Kite

For our second strutless kite review (after the BRM Cloud) we received a Naish Trip. One unique aspect of this kite is that it is only available in one size – 10m.

2013 17m Blade Fat Lady Light Wind Kite Review

The 2013 17m Blade Fat Lady is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that features a very thin leading edge and extremely thin struts. The compact front bridle features one pulley per side and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.

2013 17m Best TS V2 Light Wind Kite Review

The 2013 17m Best TS is a medium aspect 5-strut kite and features the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric. The front bridle is very compact and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.

TKB REVIEW: 2013 Boardriding Maui Cloud Strutless Kite

The Cloud is the first strutless kite on the market and is quite different compared to anything we've tested before. The Cloud comes in a simple stuff sack and is amazingly light and small when packed compared to traditional strutted kites.

TKB Review: 2013 CrazyFly Sculp

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.

TKB Review: 2013 JN Prima Donna

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.

TKB Review: 2013 Slingshot Rally

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.

TKB Review: 2013 Ozone Edge

The Ozone Edge is best known as a performance racing kite and for 2013 the Edge remains a high-aspect 5-strut kite.

TKB Review: 2013 North Rebel

The North Rebel has been an extremely popular kite and for 2013 it remains a 5-line 5-strut mid/high-aspect kite.