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Cabrinha Crossbow Review

Postby Cimeron » Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:19 am

We’re on vacation in the Gorge with a bunch of our friends, one of whom is Cabrinha Rep Steve Gunn, our very good friend who happened to bring the new Crossbow with him. For those who haven’t seen this kite yet, it’s a radical departure from traditional inflatable kite design, in that it crosses inflatable struts and leading edge with foil kite principles and layout. There are only two in the whole country, and we’re lucky enough to have one with us, thanks to Steve. Sorry – no pics, forgot to bring my camera’s USB cable.

I rode the Crossbow yesterday at the Event’s site after my husband, John, rode it the day before at Rufus. It’s a very different ride from a traditional inflatable kite, so different that we have taken to calling it the “Space Ship.â€

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Postby interested » Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:12 am

Great review! Does this rep *Steve Gunn* have a camera? Seems to me he should be doing pics, video etc.
Steve...please give us all what we want. More...more...more...if you need a place to post them lemme know ;-)


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Postby cglazier » Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:17 am

I had a chance to ride the crossbow myself thanks to Steve here at Hood River. The wind had dropped so I couldn't get any really big jumps, but it seemed to handle well. I landed all my forward and back rolls with no problem. The amazing thing is the total depower when you push the bar out far enough ..very impressive. And the kite loops effortlessly because you can just depower it. There are pulleys at both the kite and the bar end of the lines, but it is not complex. It will be interesting to see whether this replaces the whole recon system in the Cabrinha product line. Overall it is a very interesting new design.

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Postby poor relative » Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:18 am

great review
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cant wait to try one of these space ships :o

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Postby anda » Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:23 am

Hi Cimeron,

great review, thx a lot. This kite seems to be a realy big hit. :bye:

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Postby Dax » Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:33 am

how does it compare to a rapture?

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Postby BigR » Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:03 pm

Excellent post Cimeron, thanks!

looks like the Crossbow is performing as advertised.
maybe even better than promised?

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Postby Phil » Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:57 pm

Nice review Cimeron.
Everybody is very excited with this new stuff.

Question: According to your review it seems that you were able to cover a 7.5 to 16m regular LEI range. Could you please confirm?


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bar size?

Postby ricedick » Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:25 pm

how come all the pictures I see there is a really wide bar used? If I cant ride the thing with a 20" bar or smaller, I wont, no matter how much better it is.

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Postby Scribbler » Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:38 pm


Thanks for that, nice antidote to the Bullfish non-reviews...

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