I got the SBow out for the first time. It is a well designed kite, with lots of power and ample depower. The kite runs very well in good wind conditions, but as soon as the wind drops it starts feeling underpowered. Still has the force to fly, but th... read more
StarKites SBow 2011 Kite Review
The kite models released by StarKites for 2011 are really impressive. Their team has managed to satisfy the needs of all the riders out there. For those pro and hardcore riders who demand power and speed the kites offer power and speed, and for the casual riders who are looking for fun, the kites offer a smooth and relaxing ride. The new SBow was created by StarKites team to offer versatility and fun for the wave riding and freeride enthusiasts. It has a nice top speed, excellent control, awesome depower and it feels very stable. From beginner to pro, if wave riding is your game, then the SBow should be your favorite player.
As StarKites states, the development of the new Sbow is based on progression and versatility concepts. The kite is a perfect choice for the freeride and wave rider enthusiasts and can be used by anyone, regardless of skill level. The advanced rider can perform any trick or run at high speeds, while the beginner and intermediate riders can have plenty of fun, enjoy a recreational session or progress to more advanced levels.
The kite features an aerodynamic shape, with a reduced diameter leading edge. This profile allows it to run smooth and fast, minimizes drag and provides extra pop for the riders trying to experience extra thrill. The SBow can get you jumping pretty high, offers nice hangtime and reaches fast speeds, but it is very forgiving and offers the rider absolute control. The kite is easy to set up due to the One Pump inflation system, and once you get it up in the air it feels very lively.
The simple line configuration allows easy control and the solid canopy design provides extra stability. Even in big winds or at high speeds, the kite feels steady and it behaves predictable. The bar offers a moderate pressure and feels very comfortable in the hands of the rider. The StarKites SBow offers a direct control and offers the rider the chance to focus on his moves without worrying about maneuverability. It has a very fast and accurate response and offers a comfortable and constant pull. It has a huge depower range and at the same time, it can be relaunched in an instant.
The great thing about the SBow is that it can be used in a wide range of wind conditions. It gets you running when the wind barely blows and in strong winds it is stable and reliable. The SBow can be used for most kiteboarding styles, but it really excels at freeride and wave riding. It comes in 4 up to 16 square meters sizes and it is available in four color styles.
The NeX Bar created by StarKites is designed to offer performance and simplicity. It is easy to use by any rider, it offers excellent efficiency and extra safety. It is a clean bar, simple to use by beginners and pro riders alike.
- Ergonomic Chicken Loop
- Easy to set up and highly durable lines
- Spectra inside PU center line
- Sliding floaters
- Clean bar ends
- EVA handfinger grip
- Power and depower separate straps
- Clicking Swivel
4m: 26-36 knots
6m: 18-36 knots
8m: 14-36 knots
10m: 14-28 knots
12m: 12-26 knots
14m: 10-24 knots
16m: 10-20 knots