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The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby Leon van Bergen » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:15 pm

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WHAT WE TESTED:

KITES
What we tested:
For our 2020 Ultimate Test, we tested the biggest range of kites to date to bring you the best back-to-back kite test yet, with 47 kites tested in total!
We tested kites from NAISH, SPLEENE, SLINGSHOT, CABRINHA, DUOTONE, TAKOON, GIN, RRD, OCEAN RODEO, FLYSURFER, CORE, F-ONE, NORTH KITEBOARDING, CRAZYFLY, ELEVEIGHT & HARLEM, covering multiple kite models across these brands.
Along with extremely detailed information on each kite, we've also added a 'Best In...’ category section at the end, allowing you to see a snapshot view of the best rated as well as the 'standout' kites in each category.

BOARDS
What we tested:
When it comes to boards, we tested 55 boards in total for this year's Ultimate Test.
We tested boards from INOBO, GOOD BOARDS, NORTH, TAKOON, SLINGSHOT, HARLEM, NOBILE, DUOTONE, F-ONE, NAISH, CORE KITEBOARDING, CRAZYFLY, BRUNOTTI, ELEVEIGHT, OCEAN RODEO, STRYDER, SPLEENE, CARVED, FLYSURFER, LIEUWE, RRD & C6 BOARDS.
We tested each board for its carving ability, spray, directional stability, rail grip, planing speed/light wind ability, upwind ability, pop, smoothness of landings and ability to cut through the chop.
We then selected our category winners in the following categories: Freeride, Crossover, Premium Crossover, Freestyle and Light Wind, listing our verdict in the 'Best In…’ category, as well as the 'standout' boards.

FOILS
What we tested:
In this year's Ultimate Test, we not only tested kites and boards, but a range of foils as well.
We tested foils from CRAZYFLY, DUOTONE, F-ONE, SLINGSHOT, ALPINE, NORTH, NAISH & RRD.
We selected category winners for the Freerace and Freeride categories, as well as the 'standout' foils in each category.

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Thank you for checking out our latest Ultimate Test Guide. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed testing all of the kit, and putting the guide together!

This was our second Ultimate Test Guide and we’re planning another one for later this year. The guide came about because – although we have always tested a lot of gear in the magazine – we never really got to do a lot of ‘back to back’ testing with a big crew of riders. This is mainly because different brands release gear at different times, and brands wanting their latest equipment tested as soon as possible made this a challenge.

So we thought: let’s get all the kit together at a set time of the year and do the biggest test in the industry. And that’s what we have now done for two years, and it has become the go-to resource for kiteboarding gear tests and those who want a very in-depth look at kit before they go out and buy.

What we also love about the test is that it really is independent… We have a big crew of riders (14 in total this year) with different skills and experiences and they give their very honest feedback. People often complain that magazine tests aren’t always entirely accurate, but through having all of the kit on the beach at the same time, and through having a test team who are independent from TheKiteMag, we come as close as we can to an entirely independent assessment.

So, we have worked super hard to bring the guide to you, and we hope you enjoy it and, hopefully, you can use the information inside to help you choose the best gear on the market that's right for you.

It's been an incredible journey so far; myself and the entire test team truly had a blast, and it feels awesome to be surrounded by so many amazing people within the kitesurfing world.

Happy reading.

Cheers 🤙
Alex
(And the entire team here at TheKiteMag)

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby Baptiste_FR » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:19 pm

Very nice document.
However, I'm curious to know how the tested equipment is selected. Because there are no Airush or Liquid Force kite (and the Duotone Evo is also missing).
Furthermore, some comments are surprising. For example, about the Rally GT : "The bar pressure is a little higher and provides way more feedback than the old Rally". There are a few more among the 6 kites I've read (the Slingshot Bandit page 26 :lol: ).
Also, It would be nice to have the result of the AOA test for each kite with the figures and not just a sample of 12 kites.
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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby Exal » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:44 pm

If someone wants to compare with what they wrote last year: https://issuu.com/thekitemag/docs/tkm_u ... omplete_20

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby knotwindy » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:40 pm

No Ozone?

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby alford » Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:53 am

I'm very skeptical about tests like this. Not saying the gear is bad but rather the methodology for determining their top picks is.

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby omg » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:00 am

among other things, I find it interesting that they state Bandit S has better low end compared to Neo!?!?

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby a99 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:52 am

Why Moses foils wasnt tested, they are one of the best. Gong kites, foils?

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby Werito » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:48 am

Eleveight FS :heartface:

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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby Kitemenn » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:51 am

All brands that are captured have to pay significant money to be present in the test...therefore it is not objective to start with!
Second all gear covered is tested by about 8 people in 2 weeks time...also makes you think how objective and thoroughly it has been tested. Take what information you want from this, but to me it is nothing more than commercial information you can find on the brand pages
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Re: The Kite Mag - the ultimate Test Guide 2020

Postby magnusod » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:11 pm

Kitemenn wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:51 am
All brands that are captured have to pay significant money to be present in the test...therefore it is not objective to start with!
Second all gear covered is tested by about 8 people in 2 weeks time...also makes you think how objective and thoroughly it has been tested. Take what information you want from this, but to me it is nothing more than commercial information you can find on the brand pages
Were you part of the test team or how do you know it was only 8 people when they write that they had 14 people testing the kite?

Since you know they pay significant money to be part of the test are you also working as an accountant for The Kite Mag? Can you then specify how much each brand pay to be part of the test so we can see if that is directly related to the test result?

I for sure don't know how independent they are but saying that the test isn't worth more than the commercial info on the brand pages is extremely harsh. Each to its own, but I find the test review very useful. Note, that it's a lot of personal preferences involved so you have to build up knowledge reading several tests from different magazines and stick to the ones that you agree with for the gear you have used yourself.


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