The Ultimate test Guide 2020

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The Ultimate Test is back! Bigger than ever - we tested more kites, boards and foils under an even more rigorous test criteria to bring you the most reliable test results in the industry.

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The Ultimate Test is back! Bigger than ever - we tested more kites, boards and foils under an even more rigorous test criteria to bring you the most reliable test results in the industry.

What we tested:

Kites

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What we tested:

For our 2020 Ultimate Test, we tested the biggest range of kites to date to bring you the best back-to-back kite test yet, with 47 kites tested in total!

We tested kites from NAISH, SPLEENE, SLINGSHOT, CABRINHA, DUOTONE, TAKOON, GIN, RRD, OCEAN RODEO, FLYSURFER, CORE, F-ONE, NORTH KITEBOARDING, CRAZYFLY, ELEVEIGHT & HARLEM, covering multiple kite models across these brands. 

Along with extremely detailed information on each kite, we've also added a 'Best In...’ category section at the end, allowing you to see a snapshot view of the best rated as well as the 'standout' kites in each category.

Boards

What we tested:

When it comes to boards, we tested 55 boards in total for this year's Ultimate Test. 

We tested boards from INOBO, GOOD BOARDS, NORTH, TAKOON, SLINGSHOT, HARLEM, NOBILE, DUOTONE, F-ONE, NAISH, CORE KITEBOARDING, CRAZYFLY, BRUNOTTI, ELEVEIGHT, OCEAN RODEO, STRYDER, SPLEENE, CARVED, FLYSURFER, LIEUWE, RRD & C6 BOARDS.

We tested each board for its carving ability, spray, directional stability, rail grip, planing speed/light wind ability, upwind ability, pop, smoothness of landings and ability to cut through the chop.

We then selected our category winners in the following categories: Freeride, Crossover, Premium Crossover, Freestyle and Light Wind, listing our verdict in the 'Best In…’ category, as well as the 'standout' boards.

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Foils

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What we tested:

In this year's Ultimate Test, we not only tested kites and boards, but a range of foils as well. 

We tested foils from CRAZYFLY, DUOTONE, F-ONE, SLINGSHOT, ALPINE, NORTH, NAISH & RRD. 

We selected category winners for the Freerace and Freeride categories, as well as the 'standout' foils in each category.

The test team:

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Richard Boughton 

YEARS KITING: 17 years

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Matt Bellamy

 YEARS KITING: 19 YEARS

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Jennifer Bell-Taylor

Years kiting: 10

abdu -

Abdu Moutaouakil

 Years kiting: 5 years

jimmy -

James Ward​

Years kiting: 17 years

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Soufiane Hassouni

YEARS KITING: 13 YEARS

katie -

Katie Evans

Years kiting: 9 years

tanja -

Tanja Rosenkranz

YEARS KITING: 15 YEARS

khalid -

Khalid El Faiz

YEARS KITING: 11 YEARS

will -

Will Makinson

YEARS KITING: 12 YEARS

The location:

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For the 2020 Ultimate Test, we conducted the entire test in Dakhla in the Western Sahara. 

So, why Dakhla?

Well to test equipment thoroughly you need consistent conditions… For the kind of quantitative and qualitative tests that we were aiming to run, we needed consistent weather conditions, in order to conduct a fair test across the 14 days. We needed at least two weeks of consistent conditions, and that is what we got.

Getting to Dakhla was no easy task, we ended up taking five cars stacked full of kit on the ferry, before transferring it to a truck for the three day trip down through the desert. It was a challenge for sure, but we believe it was a worthwhile one. We're pretty sure you'll agree.

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