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2012 Naish Park Rider Review

Naish Park 2012

Naish Park 2012

Reviewed on Jan 25th 2012 by InTheLoop
Performance:
4
Durability:
5
Relaunch:
4
Bar:
4
User Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5

Sizes used: 11m
Rider: 80kg, Pro, 135cm Spleene RS Freestyle board Style: Freeriding, Surf, Wake, Freestyle Weather: 20knots Build Quality: 9/10 Satisfaction: 8/10 Disclosure: Naish Retailer I was super keen to finally take the 2012 Naish Park for a spin. We had nice flat water and 20knts so perfect conditions to get on the 11m Park fully powered. Firstly, i pumped it up and the Naish build Quality stood out. Kite looks/ feels solid and strong. The setting was on the middle back and frontline connectors on the kite/bridal-standard factory setting- sounds good. The line extensions were on the bar so i flew the kite with them first to get some boost and a general feel. The kite is super stable, one of the most stable kites i have flown. You can put the stopper-ball low and let go of the bar and for 5 sec the kite will just park there and pull you along- maybe one of reasons why its called park ;) The bar pressure is medium and the kite likes a little depower when fully sheeted in. The kite felt pretty grunty and likes a hard edging rider. Boosts are average and easy to control as you always feel where the kite is. I felt the resonse and turning speed was a bit slow to go big when boosting and it needs a lot of bar input when downlooping. I went back to the beach to take the line extensions off and get into some freestyle and wakestyle. Instantly the kite felt more fun and responsive but still super stable and predictable. Unhooking is awesome as it really gives you loads of release and pop when loading up. Handle passes and tricks are nice, however the lines go a bit too slack for my tatse when landing which makes some powered unhooking with kite at 45 tough. I did some wakestyle moves and kiteloops and thats when i got really stoked on the Park. Low, fast and powered is where it felt best when unhooking. Loops very predictable and come nice back above catching you. I felt the kite is predictable and forgiving when you make a mistake. Ir drifts back nicely when lines go slack and doesnt drop out of the sky. Relaunch with the mash in the wingtips is super easy and quick. The depower cleat below the bar/next to quick release is improved but why not above bar like on the 2012 Torch and most other leading brands. I disliked is that there is no proper connection for suicide leash riding. To connect safety leash on trimline no good because the bar doesnt lock in when bar fully sheeted and it will break your quick release plastic sooner or later. Connecting your leash on the chicken loop is not fun cuz it always gets in the way. 5th line fully flags out on one frontline which is no good for unhooked riding. Overall a fun all round kite that def has its strengths in wakestyle,wave riding and looping. Windrange: Top end is good, bottom end a bit low, nice in the sweet spot. http://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Kitesurfing/Review/2011-naish-park-2/?SearchTerms=naish,park