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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Airush
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Kite

High performance 5 strut freeride kite

Designers goals

With a new perspective on superior performance, the Airush design team set out to create a kite that excites and inspires. Intergrating improved parked power, better relaunch and faster turning speed, the foundation of a great kite was built upon to create an exceptional riding machine.
Massive lift and increased hangtime contribute to the superior feel of the Varial, while the enhanced jumping features and ACTive Engineering, the most stable and forgiving platform available, allows the rider to focus on their riding rather than the kite. With the confidence that comes with extraordinary design, the 2011 Varial takes the rider beyond limits and to new heights, each and every time.

Coulors

coulors airush varial

 Bar

smart bar 2Smart Bar II Features:

  • 100% Depower safety
  • Below the bar safety connection
  • Suicide with safety connection options
  • Right/Left side safety color-coding
  • Fool proof color-coding at bar to kite connections
  • Above the bar pull-pull depower strap
  • 4 and 5 Line cross compatibility on all Airush kites
  • Soft and easy to use safety leash
  • New BRAIN Quick Release System
  • Multi Zone tuneability
  • Custom line Lengths (10m, 17m, 20m, 23m, 26m)
  • Adjustable from 45-55cm or 55-65cm

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Airush
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 10m-17m-20m-23- and 26m
Bar length: 45cm-55cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kitetest Airush Varial 10m 2011

Who is the kite for?

The Varial is a high performance 5 strut freeride kite

Photo details

3 pulleys varial airushone pump airushclose up one pump airush varialchange bar pressure

Conclusion

The Airush Varial is designed to have a large range. So we tested the Varial in various conditions from 13 to 22 kts. The first session was with wind below 16 kts, the 10M Varial was easy to ride but did not display any notable characteristics. During the second session there was more wind (18+ kts) and that is where the Varial started to perform. The turning circle got quicker, there was more lift and it offered an enormous glide-phase. Where ever the Varial was in the wind-window, it gave plenty of feedback.  In these conditions the Varial made jumping very easy by offering sheet-and-go.  The loops were not too fast and the feedback in the loops was good.

In short, in its low-end the Varial is a good kite for beginners. Stable, gradual power buildup and with its total depower quite safe.
If you are more experienced, the Varial will give you a great session in conditions above 18 kts. The sheet-and-go makes this a kite which is highly recommended to the big-air specialists out there.

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great high-end, low-end better for light riders

Safety system

Difficult Easy

5-line optio is the safest, easy working safety sytem

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

gentle but in his high end more explosive. Clear sheet and go, thats great for the first jumps

Low-end

Small range Large range

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Smooth but in his high end great big air glide

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Low-end less feedback as in his high-end

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

long depower stroke

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

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