2016 Cabrinha FX Kiteboarding Kite
2016 Cabrinha FX Kitesurfing Kite
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The new FX is Cabrinha's foray into the market space occupied by kites like the Best TS and North Dice. Falling between the Cabrinha Chaos and Switchblade, the FX is defined by its light bar pressure, fast turning, explosive pop, and kite loop potential. This kite is for the rider who wants something a bit more playful than the Switchblade, but doesn't want a "C" kite. The 2016 Cabrinha FX is for the rider who loves to mix hooked and unhooked freestyle tricks. Who loves huge jumps and kite loops. Who likes to surf powered with a kite. Basically, the FX is for the person who wants to make the most of their time on the water.
2016 Cabrinha FX Review
by Marc Hoeksema, local legend
The FX! I've had the chance to get on this kite (12m) a couple times now on the snow in low to mid-teens (that refers to both the air temp and wind speed) and found it to be an awesome mix of some of my favorite kites. It has that great feel of the Drifter, being able to manipulate it deep into the pocket for a downwind rip or zip back into the window for jamming back upwind or loading up for a boost. It also has that nice archy turn that the Chaos has, whipping you around when you want, yet also possesses the comfort of a Switchblade. The bar pressure is great, a little less than most Cab's, and the turning speed is fantastic. It towed me up the dunes with ease as it carries nice power through the turns and let me get some decent glides coming back down. I can't wait to get this kite out in some real boosty conditions - I think it's gonna be a blast. This could just be my new favorite kite, but still have to go out lit up for the final review. For now, the verdict is... it's a rocker!
The all new FX kite effortlessly bridges the gap between freestyle and freeride to create the perfect crossover kite. The new three strut, highly responsive platform gives riders the much needed power for explosive acceleration and the perfect amount of boost for huge lofty airs. The expanded "C" shape arc allows for aggressive kiteloops with the ability to hit the zenith in time for a soft landing. Its positive and direct steering as well as its quick relaunch make it perfect for intermediate to advanced riders.
The FX kite is designed for high performance freestyle riders needing a wider wind range and more versatility than a traditional “C” shaped kite. It’s perfectly suited to perform at the highest level of competition, but is also forgiving enough to make learning technical moves much less difficult. It’s a really fun kite to fly. There are a growing number of riders looking for a kite that has some attributes of a performance crossover kite but lean more toward a performance freestyle kite. The FX is a marriage between these two genres and fits in our range between the Chaos and the Switchblade. It has the drive and pull that you typically see in a freeride driven design, but it won’t hold you back when pushing to excel to a higher freestyle riding level. This kite flies through the window rather than pivoting so it will produce power all the way through a kite loop. It gets through a kite loop really quick and is able to fly uphill and recover before the rider gets close to the water.
2016 Cabrinha Control Bar Options
The Cabrinha Overdrive 1X Control System with Recoil sets the standard with your connection to your kite. The adjustable control ends, with a range of 48-56cm on the Standard and 57-65cm on the XL, make for on-demand adjustment for the perfect setting regardless of your kite choice. Redesigned in 2015, the QuickLoop safety release remains one of the simplest and safest release systems on the market. Activation of the 1X's single line flagging system allows the rider to immediately remove power from the kite and safely return you to land. The Recoil trim method allows the rider to quickly access the trim adjustment in the same spot for fast and easy adjustment when you need it.
The Cabrinha Overdrive 1X Control System with TrimLite is effectively the same control bar as the Ovedrive described above, only with a cleat depower system in the place of the Recoil trim handles. The TrimLite Cleat allows the rider to precisely control the trim setting with a quick and easy pull of a line, located within arm's reach. This design, new for 2016, increases the rider dedicated to the Cabrinha brand to utilize a more widely-used method of trimming the kite, rather than their traditional Recoil system.
The Cabrinha 1X with TrimLite Control System, new for 2016, offers a fixed length option for those riders who prefer simplicity. Empolying the Trimlite cleat depower system, this bar is truly free of what some may call superfluous "bells and whistles."
44cm x 22m - Kite sizes 4-11m
52cm x 22m - Kite sizes 6-15m
60cm x 22m - Kite sizes 12-18m