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Kiteboarding Gear Comparisons

 

Kiteboarding kite sizes

 

There are so many choices out there when it comes to picking your gear. In a perfect world, you'd be able to test ride everything and... oh wait. We actually get to do that. Ok, well, here are some articles comparing gear we've used. If you don't see the items you're trying to decide between, give us a call. Either way, it's better than flipping a coin.

 

Closed vs. Open Cell Foil Kites for Water and Snow

Today we are going to talk about the difference between a closed cell and open cell canopy and when you should choose to use them. I know that most of you are not made of money, and that is why picking the right power foil kite to add to your quiver is important. Read more...

Kiteboarding Boots vs. Straps

I'm sure most of you have seen a board or two on the beach with a set of wakeboard bindings, or boots, mounted up. Although most riders prefer straps, curiosity is taking kiteboarders over to the dark side by the masses - and for good reason! Read more...

Kitesurfboards vs. Surfboards for Kite Surfing

Using your kite to ride waves is no new idea, but there are a growing number of riders who are focusing on this style of riding. Many riders are choosing to ride strapless boards not unlike a normal surfboard. Read more...

Drysuit vs. Wetty

There are also a growing number of riders that have been using some of the new, kiteboard specific drysuits for these frigid sessions. There are pros and cons to both types of suits - let's have a look. Read more...

Gloves vs. Mittens vs. Claws

Anyone who rides in cold water needs hand protection, but not everyone prefers the same type. Here are some pros and cons of each. Read more...

Waist Harness vs. Seat Harness

One of the more frequent questions we get from new kiteboarders is whether they should get a waist or a seat harness. Despite a few notable exceptions, that answer is going to boil down to preference. Read more...

New vs. Used Kiteboarding Gear

The upfront cost of kitesurfing equipment can certainly seem staggering. So naturally, in an effort to reduce the financial burden, people turn to avenues such as Craigslist, Ebay, or the random forum for a deal on a used kitesurfing kite or kiteboard. Read more...

Land vs. Water vs. Snow

Here is a comparison of the different options available to people in the many uses of traction kites. You will notice that kiteboarding on the water is the hardest of all traction kites to learn. Spend your off season or bad wind direction days on a landboard, rollerblades or in the snow, and your on-the-water time will also grow as your skills as a rider increase. Read more...

2013 Cabrinha Switchblade vs. 2013 North Rebel

We get a lot of questions about comparing the 2013 North Rebel with the 2013 Cabrinha Switchblade, so here goes. The 2013 North Rebel is an amazing freeride / wave kite. Read more...

2012 vs. 2013 Cabrinha Switchblade

As a general rule, kite manufacturers refine a product through incremental innovation year after year, making small changes aimed at bettering the kite without any radical alterations. In 2013 however, Cabrinha Kites took a more disruptive approach towards the Switchblade. Read more...

North Rebel vs. Liquid Force Envy

I have just finished my lessons and want a kite I can stay with for the next couple of years of kitesurfing. I have read all the reviews and to me it's a toss-up. What are your thoughts between the North Rebel and Liquid Force Envy? Read more...

HQ Montana 9.5m vs. Apex 10m

I weigh 170lbs and have been flying with a 3 meter trainer kite on a frozen lake with my skis. What kite would you recommend between a HQ Montana IV 9.5 meter snow kite and an Apex III 10 meter snowkite? Read more...