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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: C-kite
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5 line freestyle C-kite

Designers goals

Target: Designed for competition freestyle, power freeriding and unhooked waveriding.

The Torch flies quickly through the air and will depower easily with a quick check of the board edge. The power is delivered smoothly, with depower similar to a bridled kite by virtue of the kite's ability to fly fast. Hooked in or unhooked, the riding is effortless and precise. The position of the struts makes the kite stiffer in the air, for an even more precise handling.

The new Shift Control System is set up to support the arc and to provide easy water relaunch and excellent feel. New elements for 2012 are: a new covered single-line depower, above-the-bar trim adjustment and a new, comfortable color-coded EVA grip.

The Torch is equally at home winning heats on the world stage, as it is ripping up your home beach. The 2012 Torch features refinements to all elements of the package: new bar, reinforcements, strut positions and a shorter arc.

Design Characteristics:

  •  Precise bar feel
  •  Fast response flying
  •  Unmatched unhooked pop
  •  Solid power through the turns

Extra Designer's notes

What's New: This year the idea was to make the kite more stable and to add stiffness to the arc. To do this, we looked to the success of the Park and shortened the entire arc and moved both side struts down. This allows the center of the kite to be more full. The lower strut allows for a stiffer profile on the wing tip, making the kite more rigid in the air.

The Result: You get a kite that has a crisper feel in the bar and is more responsive to bar input. This makes overpowered riding smoother. The turns are also better, as the kite shoots back up faster in the kite loop, providing extra pull to land without making a hole in the ocean.

Movie Naish Torch 2012

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: C-kite
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 20m
Bar length: 45cm-51cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Naish Torch 2012 12m
Name:
Kitefabriek 
Weight:
85 KG 
Riding style:
big-air  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
25 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
drift
 
HardSoft
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 08.06.2012 at 10:40 hour
Comments:
If you're oldschool, you need this kite! I started in 2000 so I'm used to C shape kites.
This latest Torch model is in my opinion the best C kite in the business so far.
Need I say more? 
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Naish Torch 2012 09m
Name:
Tom Visser 
Weight:
65 
Riding style:
big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 32
Number of test sessions:
20 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 05.04.2012 at 19:54 hour
Comments:
This is a review for the new 2012 Naish Torch 12m. I own a Naish Torch 12, 2010 and have been ridding this kite for over a year – so I will compare my impressions with the 2010 model. Picked up the new kite today and had a 1.5h session at Woodypoint. Wind was up and down ranging from 10-20kn.

The bar:
Probably the biggest change on the kite –depower is above the bar! I always liked the Naish below the bar depower but I must say for the Torch the above the bar depower is great. Main advantage is that the trow is always the same. Since the trow is short on the Torch there is no need for a stoper ball and the bar spins freely and within easy reach. Leash is also new and looks good.

Kite:
I have the feeling that the tips are shorter and the struts are a bit fatter (did not have the 2010 Torch next to it). Overall the kite feels very similar to the 2010. I was ridding the kite in the factory setting so there is lots to try… In this setting (A, D): The kite seems to have less bar pressure than the 2010 – I wouldn't have minded to have the bar pressure of the 2010 (that said I ride the 2010 in a different setting( B, D)). I had the feeling that the new Torch flies quicker than the 2010 and the fist 1/3 of the kite (from leading edge) feels a lot stiffer. I found that the power of the kite is about the same as the 2010. It's hard to tell without flying them back to back but I think the 2012 has less static grunt but flies quicker (which creates grunt). I think due to the “faster” foil the kite also seems to go upwind a bit better. Hooked-in the kite is very responsive (definitely turns quicker than the 2010). Unhooked the 2012 feels very nice, very defined and stable (not much different than the 2010). I noticed that the kite seems to drift back a bit quicker! This is nice. The 2010 kite did not recover quick enough in the unhooked loop, after the landings I have to wait for the kite. I didn't push hard, it was the first time I flew the new kie and we also didn't have much wind lately –so it will be interesting to see how it stacks up in the long run. 
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20.04.2012 at 12:24 hour Toby
Nice, long review!
23.04.2012 at 21:53 hour daan
Nice review thnx!!
09.05.2012 at 16:56 hour Franz
Great help! Thanks.
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