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john251
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Kiting since: 2011
Style: Freeride
Gear: Best Kahoona 7.5, 9.5, 11.5
Best Spark 135
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Re: Eleveight kites

Postby john251 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:49 pm

What did you prefer about the Rebel?

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daspi
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Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:55 am
Kiting since: 2010
Local Beach: Lynn - Nahant Long Beach, Revere Beach, Dog Beach
Favorite Beaches: the ones I can get to within 10-15 minutes
Gear: Core XR4 12m, 9m, 7m
and lots of other junk kites in the shed
Cabrinha Ace
RRD Poison
North Jaime
RRD X5 132cm
various Plywood boards
Space Pickle
Wipika surfboard (the old silver one)
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Re: Eleveight kites

Postby daspi » Sun May 20, 2018 8:12 pm

I'm not sure why some folks question 12-15kn on a 12m? I am 165 lbs and 12m serves me well as a light wind kite. Sure, I take a flat light wind board on super light days and switch to my 135x40cm twin tip once it picks up a bit. 12m kites with good low end do the trick for lighter folks. For me it is not much good to have 15 or 17m kite as I want to get off them very quickly.

Now to the Eleveight RS 12m. I had a chance to do some low end testing against my 12m Core XR5. I went back to and forth several times over an hour long session. XR5 definitely has more grunt, more bar pressure and turns slower. The RS felt "light" in comparison and was more responsive. I had a hard time feeling where the kite was as the bar feel is extremely light. Initially I thought the RS did not have much low end but I had to stand corrected, it just did not feel so hard pulling on my hands but definitely got me going, despite the marginal conditions. After switching back to the RS maybe the 3rd time, I came to the conclusion that RS really does have low end without the heavy feel. Nice thing. I will write more about jumping performance once I have it out in more steady and windier conditions.

As I had a hard time with feeling where the kite is for jumping and slider rolls, I was curious to see what the "more bar pressure" wing tip setting will do to the kite. Switched it and went out one more time. Only had time for a couple of tacks then the wind died, but it was enough to get a wow out of me as I suddenly had the connection to the kite that I was missing before. Promising. More to come.

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lindseym
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Kiting since: 2010
Local Beach: Tampa
Favorite Beaches: Islamorada
Style: airstyle, oldschool, freeride
Gear: 2018 North Rebel 15, 12, 9 / 133 Jaime
Brand Affiliation: National Team Rider for North Kiteboarding
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Re: Eleveight kites

Postby lindseym » Sun May 20, 2018 11:23 pm

john251 wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:49 pm
What did you prefer about the Rebel?
I ultimately decided to go with the Rebel because of the tricks it enabled me to pull off...nothing more, nothing less. I always try and evaluate a kite by simply going out and attempting as many tricks as possible and let this be the basis for how much I like it. If the kite allows me to hit something that I haven't been able to pull off before, or at least get closer, then I know its a winner. Overall (to me), the rebel has this locked feeling that feels a bit safer when doing advanced rotations and board-offs. The choice wasn't easy though and the RS was definitely a close second.

Kitetwin-1
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Kiting since: 2008
Local Beach: Kettle point
The BlueWater Bridge
Brights Grove
Favorite Beaches: Cuba cayo Guillermo
Turks Long Bay
Hatteras of course
St Lucia
Style: Free ride and foiling
Gear: Eleveight
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Re: Eleveight kites

Postby Kitetwin-1 » Tue May 22, 2018 1:23 am

Been riding the RS since August and have nothing bad to say about them. They loop well, boost high, are great for foiling and I am very happy with the quality. resale has not been proven, I am anxiously awaiting the 2019 gear. I would highly recommend these kites.


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