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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: CORE Kiteboarding
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
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17m Light wind SLE kite

Designers goals

The Riot XR range has just gained a big and agile addition! Now you can experience incredible light wind sessions from just 6 knots, with the a LW 17.0 kite that flies just like smaller XRs and totally worthy of it's prefix “Riot XR”. “LW” stands for Light Wind but this wasn’t the only requirement when we set about designing a 17 m2 "Doldrums'" killer. Meet the new "Riot XR LW 17.0".
The time of waiting for wind has passed.
With the Riot XR LW 17.0 you decide when to kite.

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: CORE Kiteboarding
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 45cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview Core Riot xr LW 17m

What is the kite for?

The Riot XR range has just gained a big and agile addition! Now you can experience incredible light wind sessions from just 6 knots, with the a LW 17.0 kite that flies just like smaller Core XRs kites

Detail photo's

core Riot LW 17m kitebridles core riot 17m kiteriot one pumpriot one pump close

Conclusion

The Core xr LW is a true light wind kite. The deeper position of the kite in the wind-window enables the Core to get its kite-pressure in conditions with wind less than 10 Kts. This gives the rider more feedback and pressure, allowing you to go into plane with less movement of the kite and than keeping it fixed in one positions.
The Riot LW is also suitable for conditions with more wind (4 Bft.  11-16Kts). In these conditions the Riot turns into a big-airspecialist. Why big air?
Well, the kite maintains controllability, doesn't become slow and offers good depower.

Course racing?

Well, that all depends on the conditions. The Core is a true light-wind kite. With light wind the kite is very suitable for course racing because quick kite reaction and relatively small turning circle for a 17M kite. When there is more wind, the position of the kite deep in the wind- window makes the kite pull.  Kites with good upwind ability tend to move to the edge of the wind-window. This Core remains where it is, resulting in decreased speed and upwind performance with increasing wind.

Extra note: The durability and stability of Core kites is phenomenal!

Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great low-end and good +12 knots big air kite for a 17m kite

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

All Core kites are very stable, one of Core main features

Oldskool

High-end

Small range Large range

Controlled 17m session in 16 knots (testrider 92 kg)

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

Controlled gliding phase between 12-16 knots (92 kg test rider)

Low-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Under 10 knots lot of feedback on the edge of the wind window

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Race

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

good for low-end, high end less max. speed

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Pressure from a deep windwindow position

Acceleration

Slow Fast

fast acceleration in low end

Going upwind

Hard Easy

+ 12 knots more drag, so it need more power to hold your tack

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