Apr 11, 2012
Author: sbckiteboard.com / SBC Kiteboard magazine
Skill-building Favourite in the SBC Kiteboard 2012 All-Terrain Freeride Head-to-Head test.
Size tested: 12 m
Safety system: Mini fifth-line
The fourth generation Blade Trigger checks all the boxes of a well-designed and evolved SLE hybrid. Created to promote progression, the Trigger brings performance you can grow with in every discipline. The kite sits in a balanced forward position, and the handling is simple and direct with light-touch steering. Easy park-and-go power delivery with a short bar throw, the Trigger’s progressive de-power lets you handle the gusts with ease. The wide and blunted wing tips and wide, centred canopy give the kite good power generation through the turns, which allowed testers to park-and-fly to concentrate on new moves. The Trigger’s friendly boosting capability with trim-induced but forgiving unhooked pull permitted skill development, from the first jump into transitions right into dialing your first Raleys and S-bends. Water relaunch was superb, as these lightweight, three-strut hybrids led the way in the instant relaunch category. Whether you’re just breaking free from mowing-the-lawn mode or ready to carve your first wave face, the Trigger can build the confidence to push you to the next level.
Forgiving Franny: blunt and easy
For stratospheric jumping and bigger hang time, look to the Blade Prime.
WHAT THE SBC TEST TEAM RIDERS ARE SAYING:
“Definitive all-terrain performance with great upwind drive, agile turns and workable air time for hooked and unhooked moves.”
“I was impressed with this kite as a freeride ripper. I’d recommend the 12-metre for sure—one of the best pure freeride, fun designs in the group.”
-Simple bridle setup
-Blunt and easy
Wind Range supplied by Blade Kites.