Magazine Tests - Kites

The very latest kites tested by our test team. We test kites from all disciplines and for all levels of riding. Our test team have ridden thousands of kites and are the best in the business so they can tell you exactly what you need to know...

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Cabrinha Nitro 03

DATE TESTED: 2023

An all-new, mid to high-aspect five-strut kite catering for Big Air, and the quickest and snappiest Cabrinha kite we’ve ever ridden.

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Naish Boxer 2023

DATE TESTED: 2023

A single-strut kite designed to perform in the lightest of winds possible, remaining playful and responsive in multiple disciplines.

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North Code Zero 2024

DATE TESTED: 2023

The second incarnation of this single-strut kite shows improvements in every performance sector, particularly in handling.

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CORE XR8

DATE TESTED: 2023

This iconic kite has had some major upgrades giving it the perfect balance between a freeride kite and a Big Air winning machine.

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Slingshot Code v1

DATE TESTED: 2023

Slingshot has created something special in their brand-new kite, the Code, which will suit a range of riders and conditions.

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Nobile The One V2

DATE TESTED: 2023

A mono-strut kite engineered to excel in the realm of lightwind freeriding by delivering a playful, predictable experience.

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Duotone Neo 2023

DATE TESTED: 2023

This iteration has been so finely tuned for wave riding that it truly heightens the overall experience of being on a wave.

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CORE Section 4

DATE TESTED: 2023

The now nippier Section 4 remains at the crest of wave offerings available and is a kite you will instantly tune into.

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Cabrinha Drifter 03

DATE TESTED: 2023

This year’s heavily revised Drifter is agile, refreshing and crisp in its performance, with new materials and technical elements.

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CrazyFly Hyper 2023

DATE TESTED: 2023

CrazyFly have done a great job of modernizing and aligning the high-performance Hyper with the latest Big Air trends.

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Reedin SuperModel HTF

DATE TESTED: 2023

This multidiscipline kite now boasts a new approach to frame construction, for increased performance and rider progression.

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Eleveight RS V7

DATE TESTED: 2023

This freeride multidiscipline kite suitable for all levels of rider now has a much bigger wind range thanks to its updated profile.

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Cabrinha Contra 03

DATE TESTED: 2023

If you like to cruise even when the wind drops, the powerful Contra in sizes 13, 15 and 17m is a fine vehicle to choose.

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North Orbit 2023

DATE TESTED: 2023

Now honed to near perfection, allowing you to push your Big Air riding and progress with confidence in high-wind kiting.

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Naish Pivot S27

DATE TESTED: 2023

A stable, forgiving performance machine that will take your riding to the next level... the ultimate kite for pushing your limits.

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Cabrinha Moto X 03

DATE TESTED: 2023

Now with a new shape and new materials, the Moto's new more reactive nature will please the freeriding multi-discipline rider.

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North Carve 2023

DATE TESTED: 2022

This wave-specific kite is a versatile beast, now with improvements in all of its performance characteristics.

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CrazyFly Sculp 2023

DATE TESTED: 2022

With a top-end, rock-solid build, the Sculp is easy to use and will boost your confidence and aid progression.

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Duotone Rebel SLS 2022

DATE TESTED: 2022

Now a refreshed, lighter and stronger boosting machine for Big Air kiting, with great stability and comfortable handling.

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North Code Zero

DATE TESTED: 2022

North have hit the ground running with their first generation mono-strut designed with freeride kite foiling in mind.

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North Reach 2022

DATE TESTED: 2022

For 2022 the Reach sees a comprehensive overhaul and is now more nimble with crisper handling.

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RRD Passion Y27

DATE TESTED: 2022

The definition of a stable and dependable kite that will bring a lot of joy to your freeride sessions.

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CORE Nexus 3

DATE TESTED: 2022

Now lighter handling and easy-to-tune, with a huge degree of versatility for freeriding and waveriding.

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Eleveight RS V6

DATE TESTED: 2022

The RS will deliver a lot of fun to the majority of riders. An excellent all-in-one kite.

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FLYSURFER PEAK5

DATE TESTED: 2022

If kite foiling has become a bit stale for you, the PEAK could spice up the discipline for you.

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North Carve 2022

DATE TESTED: 2022

Now a more mobile and precise kite than ever, with intuitive turning characteristics, and ever more versatile to differing conditions.

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Cabrinha Switchblade 2022

DATE TESTED: 2022

A predictable and lofty platform for boosting and hooked riding, now even more responsive and precise than ever in the turns.

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Airush Lithium V13

DATE TESTED: 2021

A confidence inspiring sheet-and-go marvel, with sportive handling and a playful nature, that can be used across twintip, wave and foil disciplines.

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Ocean Rodeo Rise A-Series

DATE TESTED: 2021

This is lean, mean and commands respect, requiring a switched on and high-level rider who isn’t afraid to chuck a kite (as well as themself)...

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F-ONE BANDIT S3

DATE TESTED: 2021

This is everything a front running wave kite should be – sprightly, highly mobile, smooth, versatile, and simple to use.

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Eleveight RS V5

DATE TESTED: 2021

We were very impressed with the RS, a light kite with a quality feel, clear pluses and no compromises in performance.

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Gin Spirit

DATE TESTED: 2021

An all-round, closed-cell foil kite that's easy to fly and comparable to an inflatable kite – a very impressive showcase of this segment of the...

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Airush Ultra v4

DATE TESTED: 2021

A well-received lightweight kite amongst freeride foil aficionados, that will also hold its own as a wave kite.

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Cabrinha Drifter

DATE TESTED: 2021

Drifter by name, drifty by nature - now with adjustable LE hang points for onshore and offshore modes.

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Slingshot SST V6

DATE TESTED: 2021

Ben Wilson brings a fresh and experienced set of eyes to the new V6, the most significant redesign in the product line’s legacy.

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