Reviewed on Dec 31st 2016 by EJ
User Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Sizes used: 10.5, 8.5
I ride waves, flat water, and snow. I have owned many Kahoona's over the years and this 2015 version has some good improvements in performance. Not sure if it's the two point/pulley steering line attachment or what but this years turns/initiates faster, with better (less vague) bar feel. Boosts easy and big. Upwind riding is excellent. I have had zero issues with relaunch, no wraps, it's easily the best relaunching kite out there. The durability of the Kahoona's I've owned has been really good, this years looks the best as far as reinforcements/layers of cloth at trailing edge. The 2014 barely fluttered at all and the 2015 is even more tight, even depowered significantly there is almost no flutter, which to me increases the range of an already wide wind range kite. I weighed my 2014 10.5 back to back with the 2015 10.5 and got 7.8 and 7.9 lbs respectively, so the claims that the 2015 is lighter is BS unless a kite loses significant weight from use... Regardless, I would say the 2015 kite is more responsive and bigger boosting so I'm glad I upgraded. In my opinion, it's too bad they have moved to a three strut kite for 2016-17 because although I have not flown the Roca, other three strut kites I have flown have been more flappy/less rigid becoming less controllable when depowered in the high end. Maybe it's better for light wind..but probably they're just trying to shave some of their build costs off.