Jul 16, 2012
Author: Shane Thompson
Sizes tested: 10, 12 m
Sizes available: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 m
Design style: 4 line SLE hybrid, 2 strut
The new RIDE from Naish is based on the origins of the test favorite Park, with a slightly more user-friendly feel and a focus on hooked-in freeriding and easier water relaunch. The frame of the Ride is superbly lightweight and efficient, with only two struts and a flatter arc through the centre, which gives the kite an awesome amount of low-end power and an easy sheet-in-and-go feeling. Test Team riders were impressed with not only the get-up-and-go of the kite but also its upper wind range where the Ride remains comfortable and controllable despite reduced strut support. Only in extreme gusts and overpowered conditions did the canopy start to flutter, and otherwise remained solid and responsive through the controls and looping, and also while sheeted-out for depower. The flatter central canopy provides easy hang time. The wide but rounded or swept wingtips ensure effortless water reluanch, as well. Naish has hit the mark with this Ride, which should endear any rider looking for simplicity, great value and, above all, uncompromised performance that suits a wide range of skill levels and riding styles.
- Flagging line
If connected to the 100 per cent fail-safe flagging line, the kite can be difficult to relaunch after you punch out.
+ What the SBC Kiteboard Test Team liked
“At first, we thought, ‘Great, just another beginner kite for schools.’ But the Ride was easy and smooth, with easy jumping with amazing hang time. It unhooks nicely and is easy and simple to use, with that familiar Naish feel. ”
“It has all the elements that a progressing rider should look for and even advanced riders admire: easy reluanch, good low-end, good amounts of controlled depower, excellent range and easy to jump.”
Cool Tech Features
- One-pump inflation with wingtip dump valve
- Adaptive tip
- Self-rescue handles