The Moto has been a stable product in the Cabrinha range for mixed genre riding, and our test team always admired the lighter bar feeling and the ability to throw it around the wind window without serious consequences, giving you the ability to throw some hero loops without ruining your knees. The latest incarnation retains the mid-aspect, full wing tipped, three-strut platform, but the Moto probably sees the largest design overhaul in its legacy, and it has been a two-year development process.
All the Cabrinha kites this year have their own unique-to-the-brand Nano Ripstop canopy material, which has a tighter weave than most cloths, and the plasma treated coating on the cloth is extremely water repellent. There has been a noticeable increase in segmentation across the kite’s span in both the canopy and leading edge. This smooths airflow and keeps things nice and efficient. The High Tenacity Dacron is orientated cleverly on the warp axis to minimize stretch in that direction and provide a nice stiff airframe. The bridle has had a serious work-over to make the kite punch forward more in the window and remain ultra-reactive and smooth, which is where the most noticeable changes to its flying characteristics lie. There are some premium touches to the build with neat silicon one-pump covers, sensibly placed lightweight reinforcements, and a no compromises approach to build and materials.
Overall, the kite feels more focused and responsive than ever, and retains the trademark smoothness and amiable character of the previous model. For playful cross-discipline riding the Moto sets a definite benchmark of ease of use and accessible performance. With a twintip, the Moto provides confidence to motivate even the most conservative freerider into throwing down some moves normally outside their comfort zone. The climb out of a kite loop or bottom turn and forward speed across the window seem dramatically improved, without any spiky power delivery.
It sits well alongside the Switchblade as a more nimble, all weather and playful alternative for the rider who isn’t afraid to switch between a few different styles of board. The wind range and handling in the low end has been massively improved; where the previous model could feel a little pregnant when underpowered, this revised model punches forward and flies much earlier. This has changed the game for the Moto when it comes to freeride hydrofoil use, where it really performs for a three-strut kite. The Moto’s versatility has always been its shining point and the latest version increases its application ever further. It is a true all-rounder that will suit a lot of riders, and keep them progressing their skillset.
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