Mar 12, 2014
SBC Awards—Best Progression Kite
Sizes tested: 9, 12m Suggested retail: $ 1,249; $1,399 (kite only)
Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19m
Test Team Report
The Riot XR3 logged solid test scores, and the Test Team riders were impressed with its low-end power, overall windrange and its easy sheet-in-and-go performance. Designed to be easy and stable for the progressing and intermediate level rider, the XR3 is a very useable and fun kite to ride. Like many of the flatter canopy profiled kites, the Riot XR3 is easy to boost and delivers that lofty hang time many of us love. The smooth and consistent pull of the kite and its more forward position in the window also make it great for ripping upwind. The water relaunch is excellent, and the XR3 has stable, easy-to-find power that make it one of the most efficient kites. The kite provides good feedback as well, with light yet positive pressure on the line so you know where the kite is at all times, even when depowered.
The 9m, in its factory settings, has nimble steering and fast pivotal turns that make it a very capable wave kite. This Riot XR3 depowers well, and within arm’s reach the kite can shut off. The Test riders were also impressed right away with the Riot’s sensible one-pump connection system. It lets you use any style of pump, because the standard hose clips right to the kite inflation point without using a nozzle end. Overall, it has excellent depower, range and top levels of performance for the average rider who wants an easy-to-use kite.
The 12m isn’t as quick to pivot in its adjustable factory settings, but it offers smooth, responsive turning with light bar pressure. Only available in one color combo.
Progressing riders who want great wind range and ease of use with a smooth kite that can handle most conditions.