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A good beginner kite should have easy relaunch, good depower range and smooth & predictable flying characteristics. It should have a simple, user-friendly bar with a safety mechanism that makes ejecting instinctive.
All-round kites perform very well in waves, freeride and freestyle but do not excel at any of those disciplines – they are jack of all trades. Of course, all-round kites are increasingly appealing since they simplify the buying process of many riders. Wouldn’t you rather travel with one all-round kite instead of one wave kite, one freestyle kite and one race kite? An all-round kite can be summed up as follows:
- 4-line Setup
- Great Upwind
- Good Wave Kite
- Smooth Feeling
- Good Freestyle Kite
- Easy Relaunch
- Steady Pull
- Wide Depower Range
If you’re getting into kiting, look no further… The Lithium is probably the best kite for you, a kite that is easy to use but you won’t outgrow quickly. The Lithium is adored by beginners and intermediate riders due to its extremely forgiving characteristics and ease of use. If you’re a rider who enjoys freeriding, tacking upwind, and boosting jumps instead of unhooked tricks, the Lithium will undoubtedly cover all your needs.
If you’re an experienced rider who enjoys waves, free ride and freestyle the Union is the kite that allow you to do it all and is a great choice for riders getting into freestyle, providing great unhooked performance without being as extreme as a Freestyle specific kite allowing riders to learn the basics of and progress their unhooked riding.
Freestyle kites are normally C-kites – which helps with the pop and create enough slack in the lines when unhooked. They often have 5 struts and 5 lines to provide the most support throughout the leading edge when riding unhooked and doing high-powered radical moves.
Freestyle kites are the most aggressive kites and have the most direct response compared to any other kites. They are also suited to advanced riders since they are less forgiving and more powerful than other kites. A freestyle kite such as the Razor is the perfect weapon to dial unhooked tricks, massive kiteloops and to push your freestyle and wakestyle riding.
Some key points of freestyle kites:
- Highly Reactive
- Aggressive Feel
- Sporty Feeling
- Huge Boosting
- Solid Construction
- Wakestyle oriented
- Excels unhooked
- Amazing Looping
Wave kites resemble a lot freestyle kites in shape; they are close to a C-kite in shape but often have more swept wingtips and are lighter on the bar, offering less grunt and more drifting ability. A good wave kite will also turn lightning fast by pivoting on itself.
A great characteristic of waves kite is their parking ability, where you can just rely on the power of the wave to drive you whilst your kiting is ‘parked’ on the side of the window, waiting for your next command. Key points of a wave kite:
- High drift capacity
- Great ‘park and ride’
- Pivot turns
- High stability
Race kites are specific to one discipline: racing. If you are into racing, there is no doubt that you’ll have an edge over any other kites in terms of speed.
Race kites are also a great choice for those of you who enjoy freeriding in general and pulling long tacks efficiently without wanting to venture into unhooked freestyle. On a light wind day, a kite like the Vantage can be really fun if paired to a larger freeride board such as the Sector
- Speed Oriented
- Great Light Wind Capability
- Slalom Riding
- Race Riding
- Foil Riding
- High Upwind Ability
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