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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 03m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE


Easy to ride SLE 5 strut kite

Designers goals

Urs Hungerbühler:

“The keyword on this kite is usability. We built a kite which is very stable, provides constant power and has a very predictable flying characteristic. Because of this it is big fun to ride the Hatch. It is easy and you improve during every session...”


The RNEH (Radial Nose Easy Handling) profile in the center area provides a balanced ratio of power and easy handling. The profile provides medium drag, which makes the kite predictability and keeping it from stalling. It generages big lift and huge hangtime! The medium bar pressure gives you direct feedback from the bar, so you always know exactly where the kite is. Shaping characteristics are made for effortless relaunch capabilities. The Hatch gives a straight steering behavior and follows your commands without fail. The NACA 0018 profiles in the tip area allow for clean and fast steering. A very sportive kite that will boost any skill level!


gaastra bar 2011This system provides an easy to adjust bar width either 46 or 52 cm wide. You can modify it easily for 4 or 5 line setup (and back again). The Pull/Pull webbing adjuster has a huge 25cm range and the system offers a 50cm depower range.
This Bar System provides the maximun of safety possible. You can fly it in either classic 5th line setup or absolutely flightless on one powerline (in 4 line setup).

The Bar System v9 comes with 21m flying lines with 3m extensions, so the rider can have two line length options. It has a clean black & white design, so the rider knows where he is in the wildest situations. The Bar System v9 comes with O-Shit options on both sides of the bar system, to get the rider out of potential trouble. It has a very easy to use and secure Quick Release system without fancy mechanics. It activates from the center and is easy to reassemble. This System uses the “Standard Bar Setup” (all lines same length) so this bar can be used for almost every kite!


  • Heavy duty glassfiber bar
  • Stainless steal parts
  • 3D EVA surface for perfect grip
  • High quality lines with almost no stretch, to provide a very direkt and precise flying kite
  • Steering lines are covered with a sleeve in the bottom to prevent injuries



Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 03m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 46cm-52cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

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