CONDITIONS TESTED IN:
TEST TEAM NOTES:
FX: There was a lot of power in this kite. Usually in these conditions I'd have been on a smaller kite, but it handled it well and has a lot of settings for tuning. Great fun jumping on this kite and I could try a lot of board-off style tricks which I haven't for some time. Depowering was easy I really liked the bar system. I was impressed.
JAMES: Everything is well finished, from the one pump system to quality of materials used; there's great attention to detail. Lots of set-up options on the steeringlines as well as 'kook proof' connectors so you can't get it wrong. The kite itself is quite powerful, so you don't need to be flying it all over the place to generate power. It's not super-fast and not super slow – just very comfortable. The jumping was easy to get the hang of and you get some good floaty lift. Not spectacular, but acceptable and most importantly, easy. For intermediates this is a fantastic kite with solid and reassuring steering. You're always sure where the kite is and it lets you know when you're doing something wrong. It's very stable in the sky and you don't get any surprises. There's never a hint of reversing or that the kite will fall out of the sky at all. Unhooked the pop was good because it was a grunty kite but you do get overpowered quite quickly unhooked. Easier to pop in lighter winds. Overall this is an ideal intermediate kite.
CHRIS: A class leading bar. Nice safety system and IDS seemed to work well. No hidden secrets and a second quick-release on the chicken-loop just shows how evolved this kite is. Good looking kite in the sky with a very taught canopy means it's well made. It was like someone had cleaned the wind up the second time we went out in the cross-onshore, gusty conditions and it handled them beautifully. Superb jumping with predictable lift and flight through the air. You knew where the kite was and it stayed with you. The overall thing was the stability. Made me really confident and I had a really good time in really average conditions. Positive steering, fun jumping and soft landings. Some supported leading edge kites have a tendency to drop you down quick. This didn't. Board speed was good as it tracks well and has great upwind drive. Cabrinha have always been well-made but just a little bit slow for me personally. This year that kite is spot on and there's nothing lazy about it.
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The Cabrinha Crossbow 2009 10m was tested in Issue #35 of Kiteworld. Buy Issue #35 in the Kiteworld shop.