SBCKiteboard.com
  SBCKiteboard.COM Twitter SBCKiteboard.COM Facebook

RRD Obsession

Apr 3, 2010

Author: SBC Test Team / Shane Thompson

Size Tested: 10, 8
Style: Four line SLE Hybrid

The Obsession is RRD’s only SLE kite, and has great access to solid power, nimble maneuverability, direct steering and excellent unhooked performance. Building on the success of the 2009, this year’s Obsession has been revised with a wider canopy shape and more direct connection to the wing tips resulting in smooth power delivery, increased stability and good amount of depower.

Control Bar
The Global Control bar has a simple design that gets the job done and has ample safety features. The smooth EVA grip is contoured nicely with reduced diameter on either side of the metal centre insert. The plastic coated trim line ensures durability and smooth adjustability. Bar length can be adjusted on the beefy bar ends and there is the added safety of double OS handles on the steering lines. The standard leash connects to a mini fifth line system below the bar and flags both front lines to a stopper ball on main trim line. The above-the-bar trim system uses an easy sliding cleat within a stretched arm’s length.

On the Water
The Obsession’s smooth unhooked power delivery and nimble steering puts it in the top of the field of the powered freestyle category. It has the distinct C kite feel that many of the Test Team members prefer and gravitate towards. With a compact single pulley on each bridle and direct connection to the wing tips on the back lines, there is plenty of grunt through the turns and access to smooth, powerful turning. The positional feedback is ideal for unhooked tricks and the kite sits forward in the window and delivers smooth pull that builds confidence for throwing down some new moves. There is also access to good amount of depower, which comes on at arm’s length. The solid stability, ample depower and nimble steering of this kite gives acceptable performance for side on or side shore wave riding. It was a kite that the more advanced riders of the test really enjoyed and were impressed with its powerful grunt, and high end performance.

Reality Check
The trim loop is dated and mini fifth line should integrated so that the safety doesn’t just dangle through the centre.

Bottom Line
The Obsession is a high-powered, mega-Looping machine that has C-kite pull and direct control that many advanced riders are looking for.


2011 - KITE REVIEWS

2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Cabrinha Switchblade
May 9, 2010
Best Four-Line Safety SystemSizes tested: 7, 9, 12 mStyle: BOW, five strut Now in its fifth season, the...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Naish Cult
April 3, 2010
Voted Best Inflation System!Size Tested: 12, 9 mStyle: Four line Sigma shaped SLE hybrid. The Naish Cult...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Naish Helix
April 3, 2010
Size Tested: 9, 12 mStyle: Four line, Sigma power foilThe Helix has been radically redesigned for 2010 as...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Cabrinha Crossbow IDS
May 9, 2010
Size Tested: 13, 11, 9 mStyle: Seven Strut BOW kiteThe Crossbow started the BOW revolution and remains a...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Airush Vapor X
July 16, 2010
Style: 4 line SLEThe Airush Vapor X is the all new high performance four line SLE that offers the most...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
RRD Religion
July 16, 2010
Style: Four Line SLE Wave The RRD Religion is the four line bridled design built for performance that’s...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Slingshot Octane
April 3, 2010
Size Tested: 11, 9 mStyle: Hybrid SLEReplacing the popular Rev 2, the Slingshot Octane represents the next...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
2010 Lightwind kitesurf kites
May 12, 2010
Lightwind kitesurfing kites - One of the main benefits of today’s bridled kites is the distinct...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Flysurfer SPEED3 Deluxe
May 8, 2010
Size Tested: 15 mStyle: Four line FoilThe Flysurfer Speed 3 is a high performance foil design that pushes...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Nobile N62
April 3, 2010
Voted Best Relaunch!Size Tested: 10 mStyle: Delta shape, three strut hybridThe N62 is the second generation...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Liquid Force Havoc
April 3, 2010
Size Tested: 8, 10, 12 mStyle: SLE Hybrid The 2010 Havoc 4 returns as Liquid Force’s powerhouse of...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Slingshot RPM
April 3, 2010
Voted Most Tunable!Size Tested: 8, 10 mStyle: Four line SLE Open CanopyThe new Slingshot RPM delivers...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
F-One Bandit 3
September 25, 2009
SBC Kiteboard was invited to the distributor meeting in Mauritius, 800 km off the east coast of Madagascar....
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
North Fuse
April 3, 2010
Size Tested: 10 mStyle: Four line SLE Delta HybridThe new North Fuse is the latest creation in four-line...
2010 Kitesurfing Kite Reviews
Best Waroo
May 10, 2010
Size Tested: 11 mStyle: Four-line Delta Wing Tip hyrid Building on the success of their Delta wing tip...
[1] [2] [3] > » 

Editor's Video Picks!

 

 

THE LATEST

2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Slingshot Rally
August 29, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Liquid Force Envy
August 29, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Core GTS3
August 29, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 North Rebel
August 29, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Naish Pivot
August 29, 2014
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

SBC KITEBOARD ON FACEBOOK

MOST VIEWED

2014 Kite Reviews
SBC 2014 Kite Tests:...
March 12, 2014
2014 Kite Reviews
2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review
March 12, 2014
2014 Kite Reviews
2014 North Rebel Review
March 12, 2014
2014 Kite Reviews
2014 North Evo Review
March 13, 2014
2014 Kite Reviews
2014 Naish Park Review
March 12, 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