May 3, 2013
Author: SBC Kiteboard Test Team
Size tested: 12 m
Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 13, 14, 15 m
Design features: 5-strut, 4-line, future C hybrid
The Core GTS2 has the refinement and precision more likened to a third- or fourth generation model. It is smooth and slippery through the air, with light-touch steering and flying character that meets the demand of both freestyle and waves. The GST2 has wide wing tips and a compact bridle setup. Its pivotal turns are fast and flutter-free, with smooth power generation through the whole loop. Quick reaction to bar input makes for fast and easy jumping, and the kite feels well-balanced and quick across the whole wind window. The Sensor bar is so light it feels almost delicate, and is nicely matched with low levels of bar pressure and competent levels of depower within a short throw distance.
The GTS2 shows how the traditional C-shape tips can blend performance craved by the advanced rider with higher depower and easy water relaunch granted by the Delta or Open C shape. These hybrid shapes, when dialed and refined, are dominating the all-terrain category in performance for all skill levels and across disciplines. With a little trim adjustment, the GTS quickly and smoothly sets up the kite with some parked pop for freestyle. The GTS2 is also fast and agile for precision boosting, and its lightweight and good balance will equip this kite well for advanced-level wave bashing. It’s no wonder Core is a leading brand in Germany; with GTS2, you have the performance that meets the demands of the multi-disciplined modern kiter.
- Low-end power
Low-end power feels slightly less than some, but it keeps you going; it’s a gem when powered
+ What the SBC Test Team raved about:
“A contender for everything, balanced and explodes out of the gates with precise handling and energy.”
“Smooth power delivery, fast turning, with light-touch steering.”
Cool Tech Features:
- Future C shape
- Compact bridle
- Wide wing tips