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What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby DDC » Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:44 am

I am intermediate Kiter looking to replace a set of Switchblade kites I have been using. I like the SB but feel that now that I am a much more experienced Kiter I probably need to get something more specific to what like to do. I am 65KG. I am currently learning how to jump higher and do like to jump (now around 6-7m). I also like to ride waves on my twintip, but wave riding is probably 30% of the riding that i do. I find that the SB is a bit too slow and would like a faster kite.

Based on what i have been reading I thought maybe the Moto or the EVO SLS may be good options. Any thoughts on these two kites? What other kite models should I consider?

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby GregK » Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:15 am

If you like fast kites I'd suggest you arrange a demo of the Ocean Rodeo Aluula Roams, or an Aluula Flite for your lightest-wind kite.

These kites have extremely wide wind range, so you can get around the added expense of Aluula by needing fewer kites to cover your desired wind range.

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby Kristan » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:47 am

I dunno how one could "outgrow" the Switchblade, since it's already considered as somewhat Big Air kite. But whatevs, if you don't feel yourself comfortable on it, then it's time to move on.

Considering that you do wave riding and also wanna jump big, seems like you need 3 strut allrounder, like Duotone Evo, Cabrinha Moto, Eleveight RS, Airush Lithium and so on.

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby Havre » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:53 am

I don't like to recommend Ozone since it is difficult for me to be objective about those kites, but the Enduro sounds like a perfect kite for you in my opinion.

The only "negative" thing I got to say about the Enduro is that it probably isn't brilliant for heavy riders jumping (which I happen to be), but at 65kg that is hardly an issue.

It's fast, drifts very well for an allround kite and for an intermediate at 65kg you should be able to jump high also. Jumping would be a bit different than with the SB though. The SB is easier to jump with, but you can send an Enduro much faster with the right skills.

Don't know the Moto. A friend of mine got the Evo SLS. He thinks it is a bit too slow, but I haven't tested it myself so I couldn't say how it compares to the SB and Enduro (he knows the Enduro and based on what he says the Evo SLS is definitely slower).

North Reach might be worth considering also? I guess most "big" brands got a kite similar to the Enduro. Not sure with Duotone if it is the Dice that is closest to a kite that can do a bit of everything?
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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby DDC » Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:53 pm

Kristan wrote:
Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:47 am
I dunno how one could "outgrow" the Switchblade, since it's already considered as somewhat Big Air kite. But whatevs, if you don't feel yourself comfortable on it, then it's time to move on.

Considering that you do wave riding and also wanna jump big, seems like you need 3 strut allrounder, like Duotone Evo, Cabrinha Moto, Eleveight RS, Airush Lithium and so on.
Thanks for the suggestions. I haven’t outgrown the Switchblade, the kites are just getting a bit worn and I am considering replacing them. I haven’t had the chance to try out the alternatives so I am speculating that they may be a better fit for how I currently kite.

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby daspi » Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:02 pm

Go try as many as you can. Grab your kite buddies kites for a test run. Most are happy to share the stoke of their equipment. Everyone will have an opinion. Only you can tell what fits you current needs.

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby Blackened » Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:16 am

DDC wrote:
Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:53 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I haven’t outgrown the Switchblade, the kites are just getting a bit worn and I am considering replacing them. I haven’t had the chance to try out the alternatives so I am speculating that they may be a better fit for how I currently kite.
What Kristan and Havre said.

Pivot, Evo, Enduro, Reach, Supermodel, Nexus, Moto

Jumping <----------------------------------------->Wave

(not limited to, just off the top of my head)

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby knotwindy » Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:45 am

Also should be mentioned that the Enduro has a very easily adjustable front bridle so if you want a wave day there is a wave setting. If you want a jump day there is a free ride setting that does actually change the feel more than I expected. Not sure if this helps or confuses more?

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Re: What new set of kites should I consider?

Postby ELI » Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:37 am

Ck. out info on the Cabrinha tour now going through New England/NY with demos available of all they have. I think you could have the same brand and different kites for different wind speeds. I use my 12m for 60% of my riding in NY, use SBlades and drifters depending on conditions bay or ocean.


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