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Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby iblocalsurfer » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:46 pm

?????How's the bar pressure, turning speed, and low end? sizes 9m/11m. Thanks in advance :thumb:

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby bigwave » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:22 pm

iblocalsurfer wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:46 pm
?????How's the bar pressure, turning speed, and low end? sizes 9m/11m. Thanks in advance :thumb:
I have been using the 2018 Cabrinha Drifter since early July. I have 12/9/7m . The most noticeable change from the previous 2017 model is the faster turning speed. To me, the low end and bar pressure seem similar. The Drifter has excellent upwind performance in offshore setting allowing the kite to fly closer to the edge of the window.
There is new Dacron on the leading edge and some trailing edge battens. I use the Drifter for surf and foil.
I've used Drifters since 2015 and this years model is definitely the best version yet!
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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby iblocalsurfer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:08 pm

Thanks BW. I haven't flown a Cabrinha since 2008 and thinking of giving them a try. I've heard some say that cabrinha's have heavy bar pressure. Is that the case with the Drifters. (like compared to a North Neo in the same size)

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby bigwave » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:37 am

The Bar pressure is medium. Great feed back from the kite. I have not used a North EVO so I can't compare. Recent kites I've used, Ocean Rodeo Flite (lighter BP) Slingshot SST Wave (medium BP), Airush Ultra (lighter BP). If you can try to demo a 2018 Drifter , I'm sure you'll be impressed.

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby Bradford » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:00 am

Can anyone compare the 7m to the 2017? I need to upgrade from my 2014.

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby Cab Driver » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:18 am

bigwave wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:22 pm
iblocalsurfer wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:46 pm
?????How's the bar pressure, turning speed, and low end? sizes 9m/11m. Thanks in advance :thumb:
I have been using the 2018 Cabrinha Drifter since early July. I have 12/9/7m . The most noticeable change from the previous 2017 model is the faster turning speed. To me, the low end and bar pressure seem similar. The Drifter has excellent upwind performance in offshore setting allowing the kite to fly closer to the edge of the window.
There is new Dacron on the leading edge and some trailing edge battens. I use the Drifter for surf and foil.
I've used Drifters since 2015 and this years model is definitely the best version yet!
I work for the company and it's taken some willpower for me to NOT put the kite in the heavier bar setting. There is a big difference in the bar feedback and it's taking me some time to get used to how light it got since I like a heavy bar. I have ridden drifters since 2012. 2018 is a totally new kite. It definitely turns faster and gets upwind a little better in the side/onshore setting vs the 2017 and older models. I also feel like it has the entire wind range shifted slightly down (flies bigger), and is better for boosting (yes I tried this on a twin tip believe it or not).

Just as an aside, it's pretty hard to compare a Drifter to a Neo. The Neo feels more like a Switchblade than a Drifter when I flew the 2017 model. The Drifter, I believe, is more a dedicated surfing kite. The Neo is a nice kite, but they are just very different. I fly both Switchblades and Drifters.

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby Mitaka » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:09 am

Bradford wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:00 am
Can anyone compare the 7m to the 2017? I need to upgrade from my 2014.
Not much difference in 2017, I suppose you mean 2018? :D
I can compare only the 8m so far but I hope it helps enough.

I am riding Drifters since 2014, I own 2015 and 2016 kites and I have tried also my friends 2014 and 2017 models - all pretty the same kite (except for the offshore setting, added in 2016). I have kited only with the 2018 8m so far and I can confirm that it is really fantastic kite - better low end, turns and flies faster, lower bar pressure, same size creates more pull, compared to previous years. I really could not believe how can they improve almost every feature of the kite without ruining something. :o

I definitely feel more power and better low end especially when hydrofoiling in light wind and I expected that they have made the kite slightly bigger (like some companies cheat when they improve low end :) ). Absolutely NOT!!! I overlapped 2015 and 2018 8m kites on the ground and could not find any noticeable difference in overall shape, except the leading edge diameter of the new kite being slightly smaller in the middle and slightly bigger at the wingtips. But when I compared the kites inflated on the ground there are some noticeable differences - the struts of the new kite stay more "upright" and the leading edge has more open arc.

2015 Drifter in front
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2018 Drifter in front
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The new High Tenacity Dacron is used for the leading edge, struts and there are some panels near the wing tips at the trailing edge. I do not know if it is true - I was told that this material is more expensive and the other kite companies did not want to use it, but I suppose that it has allowed the Cabrinha designers to create better, more precise, more stable profile with smaller leading edge diameter and that is why the kite turns and flies faster, creates more pull and goes upwind better!

For example when hydrofoiling I can use upturn in light winds where I definitely need to downloop my old 2016 8m. Or when I am carving a turn with a surfboard in light wind I have to work the kite at the end of the turn because the lack of power with my old 8m but the new 2018 Drifter pulls me nicely out of the turn with enough speed at the end. Because of the new dacron and the added battens at the trailing edge the kite stays rock solid in the sky. Regarding the bar pressure I feel that the 2018 Drifter pulls more from the centerlines and I fell the bar slightly lighter.

I still can not comment the behaviour of the kite in strong gusty winds but I hope that it will be at least as good the previous models. :D

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby Bradford » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:49 pm

Thank you Mitaka for the in depth review. I’m asking about a specific size (7m) because I’ve noticed that when a new kite comes out some of the sizes seem really dialed and some sizes seem like they need some tuning. In the case of the 2014 Drifter I felt the 9m was amazing but the 7’s power delivery was a bit on/off (or punchy).

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Re: Anyone try the 2018 Drifter

Postby ciscokitesurfer » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:42 pm

Hi Mtiaka , very good review about the kite. I will demo the 2018 to see how it compare to other wave kites. cheer


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