Jul 16, 2010
Author: SBC Test Team
Style: Four line SLE Delta
The Best Kahoona returns this season as the true workhorse and the most versatile performer of the Best lineup. This quad strut, delta canopy design, with its impressively compact bridle system, has refined its grunty, big boosting performance from last year with improved wind range and quicker, more precise handling for 2010.
Control Bar and Safety Systems
REDLINE Performance Bar
The new Best Redline Performance Bar has all the elements to compete with the top control system on the market today. With this total redesign, Best has knocked it out of the park!! Finally, Best has a control system that can compliment the performance that their kites deliver. The new quick release trim loop called the “click it” is a one piece injection molded design that’s clean and simple to engage and can be easiliy re-connected in any situation. The new trim system also incorporates a swivel that helps to keep you front lines from twisting up. The trim loop is beefy and durable, and like all trim loops should be kept clean and free of sand to avoid any friction. With a much shorter throw on the length of trim line, its easy to grab the straps and adjust depower with the above the pull-pull straps. A lot of the advanced freestyle riders prefer this type of trim strap system, because it can be fast and reliable to adjust the kites power and pull before unhooking for a maneuver. The Bar itself feels nice and solid in your hands, and the grip is not overly soft, seems very durable, and tapers nicely from the centre hole. The leash system uses a mini fifth line that works well at flagging the compact and effective VP2 Bridle system. As always, the BEST OSR backline handles add that extra bit of safety and security for any level of rider. Nothing but thumbs up and happy faces for this new bar!!!
On The Water
Like last season the flat canopy section of the Kahoona delivers plenty of grunt and the 11.5 m was capable of riding in very light winds. The Kahoona was the go-to kite with a surfboard in less than 12 knots, and even on the shorter 20 metre line you could have some fun. The steering pressure and speed of the Kahoona’s turning is perfect with excellent positional feedback and none of the fatiguing issues or funky turn initiation that plagued the earlier Delta shaped designs. Riding with the shorter lines might have helped with this also. The Kahoona is also a big boosting kite, with epic hangtime capability. The 9.5 and the 11.5 Kahoona put smiles on the faces of any rider that likes to boost big lofty jumps. Its glide capability was probably the best of the test. With great performance on the short line setup the Kahoona is also an ideal wave kite and has good amounts of depower, quick steering and power that can be shut off or on while looping or in transitions. The biggest improvement in the Kahoona was the stability of the kite as the wind picks up. The Kahoona held together well in the gusts with good confidence-building stability. Not to mention the styling was improved with better graphics and multi-coloured panel schemes. Kite Test Team member Chris Cram said: “All in all Best has a winner with the new Kahoona V2.I would gladly take a quiver of these kites as my main rig.”
Some of the direct steering is lost on the longer lines and the time-tested bar system could use some upgrades.
The Best Kahoona delivers all the best attributes that a Delta shape SLE can deliver with a wide performance range that covers all disciplines and skill levels with surprising ease.