Ultimate Test #3 - Premium Crossover Boards

Top-end boards for top-end riding. Expect plenty of carbon and the latest design features to take your riding to the next level...

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Duotone Select SLS 138

Duotone’s SLS products have caused quite the stir in 2021 and Duotone claim they represent “another dimension of innovation, product design and quality”. It is always interesting to see what the designers and manufacturers can produce when the financial budget is extended and they are free to utilize typically out of reach resources and top-quality

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SLINGSHOT FORMULA V1 140

Slingshot have a reputation that proceeds them for sturdy kiteboards. The Formula is something completely different, with the focus on weight saving and snappy response. Everything is screaming high-end manufacturing on the Formula. Build-wise we’re looking at a paulownia wood core with a high modulus carbon layup; a Textreme carbon stringer also runs the entire

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DUOTONE JAIME 139

It would be hard for any kiter to begin the testing process on the 2021 Jaime without any preconception. The Jaime has been a flagship Duotone twintip model seemingly since the beginning of mainstream kiting, and for good reason. The 2021 model could have been delivered without graphic or branding but its give-away features, that

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NORTH ATMOS CARBON 138

The Atmos Carbon is North’s premium standard intermediate twintip focusing on Big Air and freeride. Utilizing the same design as the Hybrid, but laminating it with carbon, gives the board more responsiveness and a higher performance focus. With a single mild concave running to the tips, giving you excellent rail grip, the Atmos Carbon feels

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NOBILE NHP CARBON 139

Nobile’s premium asymmetric freeride/freestyle crossover board, the NHP Carbon, impressed us immediately with its exceptional drive and upwind reach. Utilizing its hydrodynamic rocker and hybrid concave shape which features a tip-to-tip double concave alongside an elliptical concave in the boards center, the NHP Pro is early planing with tons of speed on tap and effortless

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LIEUWE SHOTGUN CARBONARA 136

The Shotgun Carbonara is Lieuwe’s carbon-coated, fast and direct freeride board. The increased stiffness of this board, thanks to its triaxial carbon layup, allows the board to grip hard as you lock in your edge and load against the kite without spilling energy out of the board. The takeoff is impressive as a smooth release

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F-ONE TRAX HRD CARBON 136

Deciding which F-ONE TRAX is for you can be determined by which aspect of your riding you wish to focus on. The TRAX HRD Carbon is the lighter version of the LT. Its construction is founded upon the same CNC-shaped wood core with Helical Rail Design, single stepped concave and flexible tips. However, its biaxial

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CRAZYFLY RAPTOR LTD 136

Could the Raptor LTD be a new definition for light boards? Quite possibly. This is CrazyFly’s ultra-light full carbon board for freeriders and freestylers. CompFlex 4T5 is part of what makes The Raptor LTD so light, requiring less epoxy to layer the carbon, meaning less weight altogether than older models. A low centered rocker and

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CRAZYFLY ELITE III 136

The CrazyFly Elite III is a high-end freeride board that radiates excellence and status. It is a masterpiece in extreme lightweight engineering, featuring the finest carbon fiber technology upon its ultra-light, double concaved, Paulownia and air core foundation. This board exudes luxury, arriving in a hard case, mounted and ready to go, allowing you to

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BRUNOTTI BLACKHAWK 141

If the Hawk is the ‘Dimension on steroids’ then the Blackhawk has just come back from a stint in prison, covered in tattoos, with a mean look in its eye. Adding to the defined contours of the Hawk, Brunotti have tuned the Blackhawk to go one step further with a ‘Carbon Compression Core’, deeper tail

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