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 Post subject: Re: Best low end kite size 8 or 9 or 7.5
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:34 am 
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LF Envy has really great low end and the best drift of any kite i've flown

Best TS has amazing low end and sits a little more forward in the window so has very good top end as well, but it's not a wave-specific kite and doesn't drift quite as well down the line. it's still decent though because it's quick

Airush lithium is a great allaround kite that has a lot of juice, there is a guy at our beach who weighs well over 200 lbs and rides a 10m with a SS dialer cruising upwind when i am sometimes struggling on my 12m at 140 lbs and wakeboard


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 Post subject: Re: Best low end kite size 8 or 9 or 7.5
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:42 am 
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BRM Cloud. It let me drop a size down from the Wainmans I was on before. Amazing drift and turning speed, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Best low end kite size 8 or 9 or 7.5
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Thanks for the input on LF Envy, SS Rally, Airush Lithium, Best TS and Cloud.

It is definitely not Naish Park which has not a real good low end


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 Post subject: Re: Best low end kite size 8 or 9 or 7.5
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:44 pm 
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+1 for 2010 kahoona v2. Newer ones have much improved high end, lower bar pressude, but less low end.

Ive flown TSs only briefly, but I didnt think the low end per size was anything special.

Ive seen others say rebel has amazing low end. I fly mostly rebels now 2011,2012, and 2013 and dont think the low end is much better than average. Nothing compared to the kahoona v2.


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 Post subject: Re: Best low end kite size 8 or 9 or 7.5
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:59 pm 
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Certainly not Rebel - that's a race kite with an average low end.

Bought a new Airush Lithium 8 2011 - 4 struts - with a big discount (had been sitting on the shelf for 3 years)
- Great low end - tested it at 17-20 knots in waves (1m to 1m40) mixed with dreadful chop (slows down any kite)
- Grunt: the kite will pull you over/through steep waves if the combination kite/board/kiter slows down then the grunt keeps you moving forward so you are not helpless for the next wave
- Fast and smooth turning with constant power in the turns
- Can turn almost around wingtip if needed
- Good upwind (not like a race kite)
- A little flutter just above the smallest strut in narrow turns
- Not the speediest kite but that's not required for wave riding
- Sizing is correct checked with 4 other kites (not like BWS, SS RPM, Ozone Reo 2014 that have actually almost 1sqm more)
- No sail battens (typically North which hinder packing)
- Inflate (with ball) and deflate valves: standard stuff and not the screw cap that leak due to sand (I still find this screw cap a dumb idea for beaches as it will leak one day if you fly windy beaches)

Great low end wave kite for a very affordable price.


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