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2015 Best Cabo

Aug 28, 2014

Author: SBC Kiteboard Test Team

2015 Best Cabo

Sizes Tested: 7, 11m

As Best’s specialized wave kite, the Cabo lives mostly in the shadows of Best’s immensely successful and excellent freeride/freestyle-oriented TS and would likely be a kite that many SBC readers have never seen with their own eyes. The new Cabo returns with refinements aimed largely at improving wind range, handling, increasing the kite’s “sweet spot” and ultimately yielding a more pivoty, responsive kite. The kite has a simple three-strut design, and for 2015 it has even more dramatically swept wing tips. Build quality and features such as a well-proven oversized inflation system are typical of Best kites. On the water, the Cabo immediately showed better low-end, which helped in large part to how quickly it turns. Overall the 2015 Cabo feels a significant step more polished than previous Cabos, with better wind range and is overall much easier to dial into. It has decent horsepower for its size, great turning and drift. One area of concern is the kite can be a little unstable at the very top end of its wind range, and the rider can definitely lose feel for the kite’s position at max depower. This is somewhat common of pure wave kites, however, within its intended wind range, the Cabo is definitely a strong performer and would make a nice addition to a quiver of the rangier TS’s for days with perfect wave riding conditions.

The Trade-off
As with some other pure wave kites, the Cabo sacrifices top-end control for maximum power and turning ability. Overall wind range is sacrificed in favor of pure waveriding performance.

Best For
Waveriding purists who want a super fun, powerful, dedicated wave kite with great drift and turning ability.


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