2014 Gear Guide


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 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 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.
Photo Mo Lelli

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

For 2014 Slingshot is particularly excited to introduce state-of-the-art laser cutting technology to their twin tip line.
Photo RRD Crew

2014 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

While RRD doesn't release products on a strict time line, the 2014 product year sees a number of upgrades to the existing 2014 RRD kite models.
Photo Peter Lambert

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

With their extensive line of harnesses and wetsuits, Prolimit is sure to have a product to fit every rider's needs on the water.
Photo Scott Dickerson

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Patagonia

With a long history of making products for people who spend their free time outside, Patagonia is now focusing energy on kitesurfing.
Photo Stephan Kleinlein

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

The biggest news for the 2014 Ozone product line is their new push away release system, the ability to offer custom colors and graphics, and a complete redesign of the Reo surf kite
Photo Alan van Gysen

2014 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

For 2014 NP continues to expand their product line, now offering helmets, travel bags, and other accessories in addition to wetsuits and harnesses.
Photo Toby Bromwich

2014 Buyer’s Guide: North

For 2014 North has introduced some big changes to their kite line with the removal of the Fuse and the addition of the Dice.
Photo Lukas Nazdraczew

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Nobile

The biggest news for Nobile’s 2014 line is the addition of three split boards to their already extensive board line.
Photo Quincy Dein

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Naish

Naish has a lot of exciting new products including the Memory Core control bar, two new kites, a new directional, and three new twin tips.
Photo Rogier Jaarsma

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Mystic

For 2014 Mystic has updated their popular line of harnesses and wetsuits and introduced a few new products including a line of helmets and the KRS, a spreader bar with a built-in quick release.
Photo Paul Lang

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Manera

Focusing on products that are in contact with your body, Manera is launching with the unique EXO harness and a few other accessories with many more in development.
Photo Toby Bromwich

2014 Buyer’s Guide: ION

ION is well known as a maker of windsport-specific soft goods and the 2014 ION products are the result of years of continual refinement.
Photo Paul Lang

2014 Buyer’s Guide: F-One

The seventh generation of the popular Bandit has been completely redesigned by a new designer and the twin tip line now features HRD rails, a radical new rail shape for kiteboards.
Photo courtesy Epic Kites

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Kites

Epic is getting ready to release their fourth generation (4G) products along with a new bar and a brand new surf-specific kite.
Photo Cedric Schmidt/Defy Gravity

2014 Buyer’s Guide: CrazyFly

Based in Slovakia, CrazyFly is a family business that distributes kites, boards, and accessories to 60 countries and also has their own factory where they produce their boards and bars in house.
Photo Thorsten Indra

2014 Buyer’s Guide: CORE

Easily recognizable by the yellow and white color scheme on all their products, CORE has developed a North American following after being introduced to the North American market just a few years ago.
Photo John Bilderback

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Cabrinha

After a big revamp of the entire line in 2013, the 2014 product year sees more improvements from Cabrinha including the return of the light wind Contra kite and the introduction of a very unique adjustable control bar.
Photo Zinou

2014 Buyer’s Guide: Blankforce

While Blankforce may be an unfamiliar brand name to many riders in North America, they have been producing kiteboards since 2006.
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