2014 gear review


TKB Review: 2014 AIRUSH Apex

Testers praised the Airush Apex for its excellent upwind performance and good flex pattern for building impressive pop.

TKB Review: 2014 AXIS NuSkool

Testers praised the Axis Nuskool for being lively with tons of pop, its forgiving landings and handling chop well.

TKB Review: 2014 BEST Armada

With overall light weight, testers found the Armada handled chop very well remaining fun and lively with decent pop, forgiving in the landings with reported average upwind ability.

TKB Review: 2014 CABRINHA Tronic

Testers gave high praise for the comfort of the Cabrinha H1 pads and straps as well as the Tronic's user friendly tracking through aggressive chop.

TKB Review: 2014 NORTH Jaime

Testers praised the 2014 Jaime for its solid pop in big airs and its ability to blaze upwind and handle chop extremely well.

TKB Review: 2014 RRD Bliss

Testers found the RRD Bliss user friendly with good pop and recommended this board as a fun freeride twintip for riders of all levels.

TKB Review: 2014 RRD Style Biax

We tested the Biax version of the RRD Style which uses prepregnated biaxial glass to achieve a lighter yet stronger freestyle oriented board.

TKB Review: 2014 SLINGSHOT Misfit

Testers praised the Misfit for its ability to load up the wood core for impressive pop on huge boosting airs as well as the board’s fast feel and ability to rocket upwind.

TKB Review: 2014 XENON LaLuz

Xenon's performance freestyle Twintip, LaLuz gets a new innovative construction for 2014 which makes it 15% lighter over last year's model!

TKB Review: 2014 XENON Rayo

The 2014 Xenon Rayo features a new construction for this year with overall lighter feel and good all around freestyle performance.


The 2014 RPM is a medium to high aspect 3-strut that got our testers contact high over the kite’s precise steering response, solid power throughout the window and it’s ease of use for freestyle.

TKB Review: 2014 SLINGSHOT Rally

The 2014 Rally is a medium aspect 5-strut kite that our testers praised for its medium bar pressure, impressive range with quick pivot style turns and above average hangtime.

TKB Review: 2014 RRD Vision MKIII

The Vision is a 3-strut medium to lower aspect kite with simple sewn in graphics and overall freeride performance our testers recommended for beginner and intermediate kiters.

TKB Review: 2014 OZONE Catalyst

The 2014 Catalyst is a 3-strut medium aspect kite that Ozone markets as a versatile performer for freeride, freestyle and surfing in the waves.

TKB Review: 2014 NORTH Evo

The Evo is a 5-strut medium aspect kite that North markets as their all around kite which excels in freeride, freestyle and waves.

TKB Review: 2014 NORTH Dice

The Dice is a 3-strut medium aspect kite that North markets as an all around performance kite that works well for wakestyle, freestyle and the waves.


The NRG is a unique 4-strut high aspect freeride kite which impressed our testers with its wide range, low end power and light to medium bar pressure with good bar feedback and overall hangtime in the jumps.

TKB Review: 2014 LIQUID FORCE Envy

The Envy is a 3-strut medium aspect kite featuring a really solid build quality with good attention to detail that our testers found stable with good downwind drift and impressive hangtime.

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.
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