Gear Reviews

New product reviews, videos and manufacturer press releases.


TKB Review: 2014 JN Wild Thing

The Wild Thing is a 5-strut medium-aspect kite that our testers praised for smooth steady pull through turns and commented on its fast turning speed and impressive boost in powered conditions.

TKB Review: 2014 GAASTRA Toxic

Gaastra started from the ground up with the all new Toxic to create a 5-strut medium to high aspect canopy designed for wave riding and freeride kiting.

TKB Review: 2014 GAASTRA Spark

This year Gaastra started from the ground up with the all new Spark line of kites which our testers praised for its medium bar pressure, low-end power and solid upwind ability.

TKB Review: 2014 F-ONE Bandit

The Bandit 7 continues as a 3-strut medium aspect delta kite that our testers praised for its quick turning speed, range, and ability to drift.

TKB Review: 2014 EPIC Screamer

The Screamer is a 5-strut medium aspect kite ideal for big jumps and lofty hangtime that our testers found to be quick turning with medium bar pressure, solid feedback and direct steering response.

TKB Review: 2014 CRAZYFLY Tango

The Tango is a 3-strut C-style medium-low aspect kite that CrazyFly bills as a jack of all trades that our testers found to have lighter bar pressure, easy relaunch and lots of low end power with average turning and upwind ability.

TKB Review: 2014 CRAZYFLY Sculp

The 2014 Sculp is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that is billed as CrazyFly’s freeride / freestyle kite we found to have excellent low end power while still going upwind relatively well with middle of the road jumping performance.

TKB Review: 2014 CORE Riot XR3

The XR3 remains a 5-strut delta like shape with swept back wingtips that testers praised the direct steering response and reported impressive upwind ability, big boosting and solid hangtime.

TKB Review: 2014 CABRINHA Switchblade (Siren)

The Switchblade is a medium aspect 5-strut kite marketed as an all-around freestyle kite which testers praised for its solid steering response, power building in its sweeping turns, easy relaunch and ability to go upwind.

TKB Review: 2014 CABRINHA Vector

The Vector is a moderately low aspect 3-strut free-ride kite that shines with its precise steering response, and dependable power delivery.

TKB Review: 2014 BLADE Trigger

The Trigger is a 3-strut medium-high aspect kite that testers praised for its excellent boost for big lofty jumps and its predictability even in gusty conditions.

TKB Review: 2014 BEST Cabo

The Cabo is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that proved to be an excellent freeride kite and would be great for beginner and intermediate kiters looking for an all around performer for casual freestyle or dedicated wave riding.

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.

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Review

Features video resolutions up to 4K, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi, SuperView, and Auto Low Light mode. Waterproof to 131’
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BRV-1 Wireless HD Speaker Review

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of portable speakers on the market to choose from these days. A year ago James Brown from our test team was in the market for something that was affordable and had the features he wanted

Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Case Review

This case looks sleek and cool—not bulky or ugly like a lot of cases on the market. It is lightweight, low profile and has a lot of clear plastic so that you can see the color of the phone through the case, which we liked since the white and silver version isn’t obscured too much by the case.

WeatherFlow Wind Meter Review

Take and share wind reports anywhere by accurately recording the wind speed, wind direction, and location on your smart phone.

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.

2013 Mystic Majestic Harness Review

The new Mystic Majestic harness was designed as a crossover harness that can be used by both windsurfers and kitesurfers. The Majestic features very soft neoprene edges, a relatively stiff pre-curved shape, a hook knife, and memory foam padding.
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