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dazza5172
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Naish Torch II review

Postby dazza5172 » Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:28 am

Hey guys our local kite shop lets me demo some equipment for the Club, I tested the Naish Torch II, got to ride it quite a few times in different conditions.

Kite is awsome, turning speed, bar pressure, lift, power and depower. It has almost a bow feel about it with the power and depower letting you power up into the surf for jumps and depower coming back for wave riding. I was really impressed, if you want to see a few photos and more reports I put it on the web:

http://au.geocities.com/southcentralkiteboarders/REVIEW_NaishTorchII.html

Dazza :thumb:

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Postby Ludmil » Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:25 pm

Nice.I`ve just ordered Torch II 16 wich will replace my old Torch 16..
Have you had a chance to test the 16?
If so, how do you find it?
Comments will be apreciated.

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Postby dazza5172 » Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:36 pm

Hi Ludmil

Sorry I didnt get to test the 16, most of the demos are 12m re our local conditions, I'll check,

I think you will be stoked!

Daz

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Postby R Soul » Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:46 pm

The 16 Rocks, Ludmil!
Way more lift and pop than last years.
I'm a Raven man myself though... gotta love that float!

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Postby Mikael » Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:23 pm

Ludmil wrote:Nice.I`ve just ordered Torch II 16 wich will replace my old Torch 16..
Have you had a chance to test the 16?
If so, how do you find it?
Comments will be apreciated.


Got the 16m. You won't be disappointed. Compare to your Torch1, they improved the turning speed and the lift. Really nice bar pressure too. Basically they tweaked a bunch of features of the torch1 to make it even better.
The chicken loop is also nicely redesign for better safety.

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Postby Dano the Great! » Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:10 pm

Yah, the Torch II is a great kite! I tested the 8, 12, 14 & 16m (& 12 & 16m Raven) along with the ’06 Thorn and noticed a big difference from the Torch I (I’d flown the Torch I in 12, 16 & 20m). 8m & 14m were my favorite kites.

Agree with above; fast turning, consentient power, noticed improvement on power control during landings (landing were soft & controlled even at high speeds), front line “Yâ€

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Postby Ludmil » Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:50 pm

Thx guys! I have no patience to get that baby!
Mr. Great is this the new thorn you mentioned? :)

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Postby Dano the Great! » Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:45 pm

Ludmil wrote:Mr. Great is this the new thorn you mentioned? :)


Yes, I was told this was the 2006 Thorn board.

I rode the 2006 Thorn one time, lit out of my mind on an 8m Torch II (Naish Demo day at the Hood River sandbar)...

The board was wicked fast, held a very solid edge, & was really nice in carving transitions. Only thing I didn’t like is the board edges are very thin and razor sharp. The board sliced my shin on a wipe out. ~D

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Postby Erlend M B » Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:50 pm

Hi Dano!
I notice you have a 06 ss fuel on your picture. How is the fuel in comparison to the torch. I would like to hear some pros and cons on bouth, especially in the 11 fuel and 12 torch.


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