SBCKiteboard.com
  SBCKiteboard.COM Twitter SBCKiteboard.COM Facebook

2012 RRD Obsession MK IV Review

Apr 14, 2012

Author: SBC Kiteboard / Shane Thompson

Size tested: 10.5 m
Sizes available: 5, 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15 m
Design style: 4-line, 5-strut SLE 

The Obsession is a four-line, five-strut SLE that promises highly advanced yet user-friendly freestyle performance. A past test favourite in this category, the Obsession has been revamped for more low-end power, more speed and neutral kite pull during loops. Testers were impressed with the unhooked freestyle performance of this kite: smooth and aggressive pull with tight looping performance and awesome power delivery. Water relaunch was one of the best of the group, and overall test scores put it in the top three. Turning speed was appropriate, and the kite felt comfortable from all angles of attack. It had a very solid feel in the air, and could be put where needed at intuitive moment’s notice. Nice boosting performance, with easy-to-access air and decent hang time. The Obsession should not be overlooked for advanced riders who want solid power, precision handling and performance.

Rigid plastic trim line
Some testers felt the kite lacked some feedback because of the plastic rigidness of the centre line trim.

WHAT THE SBC TEST TEAM RIDERS ARE SAYING

“One of my top picks: fast and clean flying, low grunt with lots of ‘apparent-wind power,’ quick to position without being overly sensitive to bar input, good boost, solid bar setup and a great-looking graphic.”

“A solid kite that was great for freestyling: sat back in the window, good power, nice and stable for unhooked. Fast, pivot-style turning and very easy relaunch.”

Tech Features

-LE parallel seams
-Metallic PU strut end reinforcements
-Full Dacron leech and wing tips 

http://www.deepbluesports.us/

http://www.robertoriccidesigns.com/

Related News



KITE REVIEWS

2012 Kite Reviews
Wainman Punch
July 16, 2012
Wainman PunchSizes tested: 10.5 mSizes available: (Rabbit Gang 2.0) 5, 6.25,  7.5, 9. 10.5, 12, 14.5Design style: 4-line, 3-strut Delta hybrid The Punch is the new...
2012 Kite Reviews
Wainman Mr. Green
July 16, 2012
Wainman Mr. GreenSizes tested: 7.5 mSizes available: (Rabbit Gang 2.0) 5, 6.25, 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12, 14.5 mDesign style: 4-line, 3-strut Delta hybrid Mr. Green is one of the...
2012 Kite Reviews
North Neo
July 16, 2012
North NeoSizes tested: 9 mSizes available: 5, 7, 9, 12 mDesign style: 4-line, 3-strut SLE hybrid The Neo brings top levels of performance to this three-strut kite that is...
2012 Kite Reviews
Naish Ride
July 16, 2012
Naish RideSizes tested: 10, 12 mSizes available: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 mDesign style: 4 line SLE hybrid, 2 strutThe new RIDE from Naish is based on the origins of the test...
2012 Kite Reviews
Core Riot XR2 Crossride
July 16, 2012
Core Riot XR2 CrossrideSizes tested: 9 mSizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15 LW, 17 LW, 19 LW mDesign style: 4-line, 5-strut Delta hybrid The Core Riot XR2...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012/13 BWS Noise
July 12, 2012
The new BWS Noise kite is a mid-season release that just missed SBC Kiteboard's head-to-head surf tests, but proved itself during our spring testing in Cape Hatteras, to be...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Gear Testing Overview
April 15, 2012
Kiteboarding gear makes a massive difference to everyone’s enjoyment on the water—SBC Kiteboard’s editorial team understands that. Over the past 12 years, the SBC...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Freestyle Advanced SLE's Kite Reviews
April 15, 2012
The Freestyle Advanced category features full-bridled, four-line kites that are designed for intermediate to advanced-level riders who want the direct steering and good...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Freeride All-Terrain Kite Reviews
April 15, 2012
SBC Kiteboard magazine's 2012 Head-to-Head Kite Tests The Freeride All-Terrain category represents the largest group of kites in this year’s SBC Kiteboard magazine...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Airush Varial X Review
April 14, 2012
Size Tested: 9, 12 mSizes available: 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 mDesign Style: 4-line, 4-strut SLE-C hybridThe Varial X, a new model for Airush, fuses the best design and performance...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Blade Prime Review
April 14, 2012
Size tested: 11 mSizes available: 7, 9, 11, 13 mDesign style: 4-line SLE-C hybridThe fourth-generation Prime is the full-bridled C-shaped kite Blade’s two-model lineup...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Cabrinha Nomad Review
April 14, 2012
Best in Class: Big Boosting and Hang TimeSize tested: 11 mSizes available: 5.5, 7, 9, 11, 13 mDesign style: 4-line, 6-strut SLEThe Nomad is the high performance freestyle...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Epic Screamer 3G Review
April 14, 2012
Size tested: 12, LTD 10 mSizes available: 7, 9, LTD 10, 14 mDesign style: 4-line, 5-strut SLEThe Screamer 3G is the third evolution of Epic’s four-line, high-powered...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Liquid Force NRG Review
April 14, 2012
Best in Class: Low-end PowerSize Tested: 12 mSizes Available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 LW, 16 LW mA new model for 2012, the NRG combines low-end power with enhanced wind range and...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 Ocean Rodeo Razor Review
April 14, 2012
Best in Class - Water Relaunch (Freestyle Advanced Category) Size tested: 10 mSizes available: 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 mDesign style: 4-line, 4-strut SLE  The Razor is a...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 North Rebel Review
April 14, 2012
Tested in the Head-to-head Surf Category. Voted Best in Class! Size tested: 10 mSizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 mDesign style: 5-line loaded, 5-strut  The...
2012 Kite Reviews
2012 RRD Obsession MK IV Review
April 14, 2012
Size tested: 10.5 mSizes available: 5, 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15 mDesign style: 4-line, 5-strut SLE  The Obsession is a four-line, five-strut SLE that promises highly...
[1] [2] > » 

Editor's Video Picks!

 

 

THE LATEST

Video
BOIRA
October 21, 2014
Tricks
Back Mobe - Brandon Scheid
October 20, 2014
Video
Air and Sliders - MaiTai...
October 20, 2014
Video
Cat Kicker!
October 17, 2014
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

SBC KITEBOARD ON FACEBOOK

What's Hot!!!

 

2014 Kite Reviews
SBC 2014 Kite Tests:...
March 12, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Slingshot Rally
August 29, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Slingshot Rally
August 29, 2014
2014 Kite Reviews
2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review
March 12, 2014
Gear
Taiwan’s Playmaker Board...
October 9, 2014
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

Download Kiteboard Desktop App

Newsletter Signup

 

SBCSKATEBOARD SBCSURF SBCWAKEBOARD SBCSKIER SBCKITEBOARD WINDSPORT SNOWBOARD CANADA SBC RESORT GUIDE  CONTACT ADVERTISE