SBCKiteboard.com
  SBCKiteboard.COM Twitter SBCKiteboard.COM Facebook

2012 Freestyle Advanced SLE's Kite Reviews

Apr 15, 2012

Author: sbckiteboard.com SBC Kiteboard magazine

Freestyle Advanced SLE's Kite Reviews

The Freestyle Advanced category features full-bridled, four-line kites that are designed for intermediate to advanced-level riders who want the direct steering and good unhooked performance of the traditional C kite but with the higher levels of de-power, easier water relaunch and enhanced freeride versatility. This category of kite offers the advanced-level riders both big-boosting ability, as well as solid, unhooked freestyle performance for the new-school and wakestyle disciplines; they are generally faster pulling with more precision control and aggressive flying character. The freestyle advanced kite doesn’t focus as much on instant arm’s length de-power, nor do they have the park-and-go character of their all-terrain freeride counterparts. Instead, the focus is on high-level performance for more experienced riders. The best of the category rewards the advanced-level rider with massive air and hang time, in addition to good amounts of unhooked pop and fast steering and control through a wider wind range.
    In the models tested in this group, there is a diverse range of flying traits that endear each kite to its target market, and certain models will suit advanced-level preferences in different ways. All of the kites performed admirably and backed up the hype of their designer’s claims with tangible performance results. There wasn’t one kite that covered every performance attribute better than every other model, but there are some definite standouts in certain categories. For anyone looking for a kite that boosts massive airs and has awesome amounts of hang time, look to the Epic Screamer or the Cabrinha Nomad; both models logged the top scores in that arena. The Nomad has more well-rounded performance, while the Screamer seems unmatched in its ability to lift and glide. For the best control and pull for unhooked wakestyle performance, the Ocean Rodeo Razor and the Ozone C4 racked up the top scores. Both of these kites sit farther back in the window and offer the smoothest unhooked pop and pull. For heavyweight riders, or those who want a kite with lots of grunt, new Liquid Force NRG was the top kite for instant low-end power. The most versatile and nimble of the group proved to be the Nobile T5. Well-suited for the All-terrain category, its jumping ability and aggressiveness also allow it to contend with the top models in Freestyle Advanced SLE.
            The kites with overall top scores showed the most well-rounded performance as both high flying freestyle masters and new-school/wakestyle pro weapons of choice: RRD Obsession, Cabrinha Nomad and Airush Varial X. They exhibited the smoothest and most advanced levels of boosting and unhooked performance of the group. They had the cleanest and smoothest pull, and crisp, direct steering that gave them the top scores of the test and most praise from the test riders.

Look for individual reviews in the current issue of SBC Kiteboard magazine and posted to sbckiteboard.com later this month.

Related News



KITE REVIEWS

2012 Kite Reviews
Wainman Punch
July 16, 2012
Wainman PunchSizes tested: 10.5 mSizes available: (Rabbit Gang 2.0) 5, 6.25,  7.5, 9. 10.5, 12, 14.5Design style: 4-line, 3-strut Delta hybrid The Punch is the new...
2012 Kite Reviews
Wainman Mr. Green
July 16, 2012
Wainman Mr. GreenSizes tested: 7.5 mSizes available: (Rabbit Gang 2.0) 5, 6.25, 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12, 14.5 mDesign style: 4-line, 3-strut Delta hybrid Mr. Green is one of the...
2012 Kite Reviews
North Neo
July 16, 2012
North NeoSizes tested: 9 mSizes available: 5, 7, 9, 12 mDesign style: 4-line, 3-strut SLE hybrid The Neo brings top levels of performance to this three-strut kite that is...
2012 Kite Reviews
Naish Ride
July 16, 2012
Naish RideSizes tested: 10, 12 mSizes available: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 mDesign style: 4 line SLE hybrid, 2 strutThe new RIDE from Naish is based on the origins of the test...
2012 Kite Reviews
Core Riot XR2 Crossride
July 16, 2012
Core Riot XR2 CrossrideSizes tested: 9 mSizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15 LW, 17 LW, 19 LW mDesign style: 4-line, 5-strut Delta hybrid The Core Riot XR2...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012/13 BWS Noise
July 12, 2012
The new BWS Noise kite is a mid-season release that just missed SBC Kiteboard's head-to-head surf tests, but proved itself during our spring testing in Cape Hatteras, to be...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Gear Testing Overview
April 15, 2012
Kiteboarding gear makes a massive difference to everyone’s enjoyment on the water—SBC Kiteboard’s editorial team understands that. Over the past 12 years, the SBC...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Freestyle Advanced SLE's Kite Reviews
April 15, 2012
The Freestyle Advanced category features full-bridled, four-line kites that are designed for intermediate to advanced-level riders who want the direct steering and good...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Freeride All-Terrain Kite Reviews
April 15, 2012
SBC Kiteboard magazine's 2012 Head-to-Head Kite Tests The Freeride All-Terrain category represents the largest group of kites in this year’s SBC Kiteboard magazine...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Airush Varial X Review
April 14, 2012
Size Tested: 9, 12 mSizes available: 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 mDesign Style: 4-line, 4-strut SLE-C hybridThe Varial X, a new model for Airush, fuses the best design and performance...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Blade Prime Review
April 14, 2012
Size tested: 11 mSizes available: 7, 9, 11, 13 mDesign style: 4-line SLE-C hybridThe fourth-generation Prime is the full-bridled C-shaped kite Blade’s two-model lineup...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Cabrinha Nomad Review
April 14, 2012
Best in Class: Big Boosting and Hang TimeSize tested: 11 mSizes available: 5.5, 7, 9, 11, 13 mDesign style: 4-line, 6-strut SLEThe Nomad is the high performance freestyle...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Epic Screamer 3G Review
April 14, 2012
Size tested: 12, LTD 10 mSizes available: 7, 9, LTD 10, 14 mDesign style: 4-line, 5-strut SLEThe Screamer 3G is the third evolution of Epic’s four-line, high-powered...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Liquid Force NRG Review
April 14, 2012
Best in Class: Low-end PowerSize Tested: 12 mSizes Available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 LW, 16 LW mA new model for 2012, the NRG combines low-end power with enhanced wind range and...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Ocean Rodeo Razor Review
April 14, 2012
Best in Class - Water Relaunch (Freestyle Advanced Category) Size tested: 10 mSizes available: 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 mDesign style: 4-line, 4-strut SLE  The Razor is a...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 North Rebel Review
April 14, 2012
Tested in the Head-to-head Surf Category. Voted Best in Class! Size tested: 10 mSizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 mDesign style: 5-line loaded, 5-strut  The...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 RRD Obsession MK IV Review
April 14, 2012
Size tested: 10.5 mSizes available: 5, 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15 mDesign style: 4-line, 5-strut SLE  The Obsession is a four-line, five-strut SLE that promises highly...
[1] [2] > » 

Editor's Video Picks!

 

 

 

THE LATEST

Video
Redbull Unfastened
April 17, 2014
Video
4GirlZ kite & yoga trip.
April 17, 2014
Video
Like Oh... Colleen Carroll
April 17, 2014
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

SBC KITEBOARD ON FACEBOOK

MOST VIEWED

Video
Raimana Van Bastolaer at...
April 3, 2014
2014 Kite Reviews
SBC 2014 Kite Tests:...
March 12, 2014
Video
Celebrate Life
March 21, 2014
Video
EPIC CRASHES
March 22, 2014
Video
Kitesurfing surrounded by...
April 3, 2014
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

Download Kiteboard Desktop App

Newsletter Signup

 

SBCSKATEBOARD SBCSURF SBCWAKEBOARD SBCSKIER SBCKITEBOARD WINDSPORT SNOWBOARD CANADA SBC RESORT GUIDE  CONTACT ADVERTISE