Aug 29, 2014
Author: SBC Kiteboard test team
2015 Naish Pivot
Sizes tested: 7, 9, 11m
Out of the bag the kite displays some new construction features we’d expect to see on all future Naish releases. First off, it is a very serviceable new oversized inflation system that most certainly brings Naish in line with the other market-leading offerings. On the water we were immediately impressed by the massive amount of low-end power the kite generates, and by the incredible speed and upwind performance. It was also immediately apparent the kite fits its name; in the turn the kite literally pivots around on a wing tip.
The Pibvot is the best turning kite in the Naish line, might be the most powerful, and when combined with its excellent drift it’s also clearly the best kite in their line for waveriding. The powerful, high-aspect design combined with its incredible turning speed also offer riders huge jumping ability. Overall this kite is an exceptional addition to the Naish line, and its performance combined with its new state-of-the-art build should make this one of the most successful Naish kite launches in recent years.
The Pivot is another in a crop of 2015 kites that offers a ton of performance for riders of pretty much all levels and for all styles of riding. Naish now has a very broad lineup of kites, which could make a rider’s choice look a little confusing. The Pivot is a high-aspect design and does sit quite forward in the wind window, so pure twin-tip riders, particularly those Naish riders who want to focus on unhooked freestyle performance, may tend to gravitate towards the Park (which, notably for 2014, took a step towards the Torch in terms of performance, a direction we’d now definitely expect the 2015 model to further continue in).
Riders looking for a high-performance kite that, while clearly designed to excel on surfboards and in waves, doesn’t suffer at all for hooked in freeride/freestyle performance.