Our new dedicated foil kite takes off: Core XLite
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FOIL BETTER - A one strut inflatable with features unique to foiling.
Specialized Series grows again.
It’s been a while since we introduced a new product under the Specialized Series banner, our line of highly focused, single-purpose gear. We’ll never add a product to this line unless we can make something special. Extraordinary. For the select few who appreciate the finest, laser-focused gear. The new XLITE ticks all the boxes and answers the call for a dedicated, high-performance foil kite. A no compromise, all in, one strut inflatable with features unique to the niche discipline of foiling.
A tailor-made foil kite.
One of foiling’s defining attributes is the ability to #gokiting when traditional kiters can’t. Hydrofoils are so efficient that they need a special kite to maximize performance. XLITE, an offspring from the Nexus and Section kites, went through a comprehensive lightweighting program which shed an honest 20% in weight. It’s true! Foiling the XLITE in 8-10 knots has never been easier!
The devil is in the details.
Mass reduction isn't easy. So, we experimented with new leading edge materials, new bridles, and one strut designs. After exhaustive R&D, our designers zeroed in on CoreTex for the canopy and new ExoTex Light for the leading edge. CoreTex adds support and power to the one strut canopy. ExoTex Light brings similar strength as our current ExoTex leading edge dacron yet is more than 10% lighter. We developed thinner, anti-snag bridles that further reduce weight and improve water relaunching. No detail was too small to lightweight. In the end, we hit our 20% mass reduction target. And we're super happy about that!
The power of the Nexus and the drift of the Section.
The XLITE’s design genus is inspired by our wave phenom, the Section, and our multi-talented Nexus. The XLITE benefits from the Section’s drifting skills in waves. Yes! The XLITE is wave ready! Send the XLITE, and you’ll feel that Nexus power in super light winds. Enough juice that allows you to size down. And we increased the canopy’s aspect ratio (higher than the Section), so the kite stays ahead of your foil. With perfect kite balance and super direct bar feel, the XLITE makes learning new moves a blast!
CORE’s new Sensor 2S Pro Foil bar lights up any foilboard.
SLE foil kites are sensitive to heavy kite lines that sag and affect steering. To maximize your XLITE's performance, we recommend our new mid-sized bar (39/45cm) Sensor 2S Pro Foil. Wow, long name! The new bar comes with an all carbon design and super adjustable lines that are 20% thinner. Thinner lines reduce drag and improve water relaunching in marginal conditions. The foil bar comes with 22m Tectanium (16m+2m+4m) lines rated for 300+kg. Additional 3m extensions are found in the bar bag for those who prefer longer lines.