Cab Driver wrote:Here is some testimony from a local demo we did a few weeks back.
Good effort getting in the water and filming but that reminded me of an Epic kites video (BEST FUCKING KITE EVER) and I will point out that the absolute worst quality a freestyle/wakestyle kite can have is to be crazy fast, especially given that you can't cut Cab bars down. And quickness was literally in every persons review. Looks like a very decent option for the same market as RPM etc though and having ridden it it does jump very nicely.
Also, can we talk about how creepy the old dude with the massager was? No amount of neoprene could hide that wood. Jesus.
HAHAHAHAHAH ........ Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking.."What's up with the old pervert with the massager." Otherwise these are great reviews from the15 and younger crowd. Kite loops looked super weak too. " this kite is so badass, we put our children on it!!!!"
Having some fun on the 14m FX yesterday. 2nd session so far. I was lit on the 14m. Most of the other riders out were on 10's but there were a few guys riding 12's, 13's and 14's.
One thing I will say. The 14m FX seems to have a similar wind range to what you might expect from a 12-13m kite. I had a short session on the 10m FX following the 14m (sorry no video from that) I'll say the 10m definitely also feels like a smaller kite. Maybe more like a 9m in terms of bottom end.
Still early to form a full opinion on these kites but I will say so far that they remind me a bit of a cross between an RPM and a Hifi except better. I'm not sure how to describe why it feels better but it just feels so refined compared to the RPM's I've tried and the Hifi's I've owned in the past.
I had the 14m FX out in some lightwind conditions yesterday and it actually surprised me with the amount of low end it had. I think my initial review was thrown off by the light bar pressure.
It seems like the 14m FX has less low end than the 14m Switchblade or 15m Contra but both of those kites are known for being very grunty. The FX still feels like it has low end comparable to a typical 13m/14m kite with a top end range comparable to a 12/13m
I rode the Dice and FX back to back a couple of weeks ago at the Pismo event (Thanks Marina and Kinsley!)
I didn't get a chance to test the low end but I would say the high end on both is pretty similar and really great. Both kites jump enormous. For the first time since I have ridden a North kite back to back with a Cabrinha it's nice to finally be able to say that the Cabrinha was faster than the North.
When I was doing some mega loops, the Cabrinha was a little bit easier in general because the speed got it back over my head quicker. I did however still like the loop on the North better because it yanks harder and pulls more consistently throughout the loop. It's also weird to say that the North kite is pulling harder than the Cabrinha. I had trouble getting enough feedback through the FX so often the loops would turn into doubles to get the kite to stay over my head long enough to slow my decent. I spoke to some of the guys on the beach and they all agreed. When I told the Cabrinha Rep this, his response was that I should have moved it to the heavier bar setting which would have increased feedback and slowed the kite down. This makes a lot of sense and would definitely help with my complaint. Hopefully I will have a chance to try it again soon (thanks Gunner!)
I didn't get out on the FX to give it a shot on a surfboard, or wakestyle conditions, however if anyone needs info on the Dice in how it handles those give me a PM I'd be glad to tell you why I love it.
Final breakdown from me is that the kites are both very similar and are great all around kites. I think if you are tossed up and can't get a chance to ride either of them, just flip a coin as they are both amazing and you will be stoked on either.
I do have demos and full stock in both the FX and Dice. If you would like a chance to try either of them please let me know and I'll get you set up.
Favorite Beaches: Brigantine, LBI, Kite Island NJ, Caberate, Hatteras
Gear: Currently rocking a 12/10/8 CORE GTS3 for waves and wake. Cabrinha Velocity 13/10/7 for Foil. Boards: LF 139 Element with LFK boots and no fins, SlingShot/MHL NF2 Strapless Foil, CORE Ripper 2 5'10", Cabrinha Secrete weapon 5'10", Slingshot 5'6" Angry Swallow
So i had the oppurtunity to do some back to back testing with the SB and FX. We put the kites on the scale too! The FX is a full pound lighter then the SB. I thought the kite was really nice doe jumps, loops and un-hooked. Its a really lively kite.
Full review: http://greenhatkiteboarding.com/news/20 ... ade-vs-fx/
If you are a Cab rider and want something quick and agil the FX would be a good consideration. Not as powerful as a SB but way nicer IMO.