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Ik SURF mag seemed very impressed by kites performance with glowing reports of the float and low end and also great feed back when unhooked and kiteloops. They where less impressed by the bar , which while described as very functional did not have the feeling of high quality delivered by some of the other bars from 2009. However some other mags rated the bar very highly (probably because of the the fact that it is so functional and simple to use).
The Kiteboarder.com mag gave top marks for the buildquality , bar , turning, bag, safety system and power. they seemed to like the lighter bar pressure which still delivered great feedback.
SBC said - "The added low-end power was noticed by every tester, as was the improved canopy stability and direct steering performance. Bar pressure was moderate and provided good positional feedback. Good pulling speed and excellent lift open the door for big air and good hang time. This is an easy kite to jump and it will enlist confidence for beginner to intermediate levels to push it to new heights. The 12 metre also maintains adequate steering performance while unhooked and while sheeted out. Good unhooked pop for wakestyle, and more comfortable control bar with a clean look and better functioning chicken loop and safety features"
All in all , every magazine that has tested it so far , has been very impressed by just how well this kite is stacking up against more expensive rivals.
Check out the full reviews hereGriffin Kite Reviews 2009