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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: C-kite
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5 line Freestyle/wave C kite

Designers goals

The GP from Best will take you back to the future, back to when all that mattered was raw performance and nailing every new trick you tried. The GP is team rider designed, tuned and tested and delivers an unbeatable combination of pop, responsive steering and amazing unhooked feel.

The Reflex leading edge design (Patent Pending), unique to the GP, works just like suspension for your kite; giving the best unhooked feel you’ve ever ridden, especially in the turns, and helps to soak up every gust. The Reflex LE design also gives the GP an extended canopy lift area giving you more lift for jumping and effortless drive for staying upwind in the competition zone.

Designed for new-school and wakestyle riders the GP’s Twin Tune feature gives you multiple front and rear attachment point options so you can dial in more pop, better upwind ability and more responsive handling for competition heats or detune your GP for practicing your latest tricks. With Twin Tune you can effortlessly switch between new-school and wakestyle settings in seconds, allowing you to reinvent your style at a moment’s notice.         

GP Bar

Best RP V2 barThe Red-Line Performance Bar V2 combines everyone’s favorite features and safety options into one unbeatable bar. Simple enough for anyone to understand, yet with enough versatility to satisfy even the most demanding riders, it’s guaranteed to set the standard yet again this season.

The push-to-release QR now comes in a Pro-Cuff version to eliminate accidental releases without increasing the minimum release tension. With only one moving part, the Click-It QR is easy to reassemble and designed to work consistently with a positive release action with release loads in excess of 150 kgs.

The under bar swivel has been improved with added drainage vents and low profile twist-tabs making it smoother to turn no matter how many loops you’ve thrown. Depower line wear is eliminated with the introduction of our new Sacrifice Insert System of replaceable low friction Delrin bar center inserts.

The RP-Bar V2 retains the dual center depower lines, stopper ball, redline and suicide safety options of the previous performance bar. The V2 is the perfect bar for riders of all levels who demand the most reliable and predictable safety system options and ease of use features.

New ultra soft, low profile molded bar ends with integral line winders help make those one handed loops easier than you expected and a new 3D grip pattern ensures you stay in contact with the bar however you ride.

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Best RP V2 bar

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: C-kite
One pump: No
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 23m
Bar length: 47cm-52cm-57cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 4 reviews on this product:

Best GP 2012 09m
Name:
Stefan Zijlstra 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 23
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
price quality
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
windrange
 
LimitedWide
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 14.06.2012 at 13:22 hour
Comments:
First impression of the kite is a smooth C-kite feeling. Fast enough, nice bar pressure and the kite wants to go to the edge of the windwindow all the time. Perfect for a C-kite in my opinion.

The Bar: Finally Best made a good looking bar with a nice soft grip. It looks durable. And a big plus are the soft bar ends. A Weakness of the bar is the depower system. A lot of handles what is very anoying when you're kiting.

The kite has a good bar pressure to know exactly where the kite is. Nice for rotations and handlepasses.

Relaunch is very good. it turns right in the powerzone and flies directly to 12 o'clock. With the good depower you're not making a powerfull bodydrag. For a C-kite is has a quit good depower.

Conclusion: The kite has enough perfomance to perform and learn your unhooked tricks. With an easy handling and smooth feeling will make this kite one of the better C-kites of this moment in my opinion.

 
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Best GP 2012 09m
Name:
ROCKER 
Weight:
70 kg 
Riding style:
allround, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 17 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 17.05.2012 at 23:53 hour
Comments:
Perfect kite for freestyle, Nice airtime and pop.
Very easy to handle:(bar system and safety's)
The kite is quik and very stable in the air, looks really good.
And it looks also good"nice design"

After the session you feel your hands because the kitebar is thicker than a normal one...that doesn't matter, I'm in love.

kind regards,
Rocker

 
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Best GP 2012 09m
Name:
Lars Stenveld 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 17 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 14.05.2012 at 10:24 hour
Comments:
The kite is suitable for the rider who wants a kite mainly for doing unhooked tricks

Tested the kite on the hooked kite event @ workum for 2 hours, the wind was kind of gusty and the wind/water was quite cold

pro's

* Explosive staisonairy pop, unhook edge and get suprised by the pop it will give you
*Big chickenloop easy to hook back in, it allows you to ride the bar close to you, even with long arms
*Slack/sweetspot, After the explosive pop its easy to pass the bar, if you want more sweetspot shorten the lines
*Boost, did a unhooked kiteloop in a gust, and the kite makes a nice wide turning circle and gives you plenty of power, the bar almost ripped out of mine hands.
*Kite Feedback, the kite is nice a slow, when you unhook the kite stays at the same position, and is not nervously.

Con's

*Backstall, on the stock setting the kite is backstalling badly, but after the trim (lots and lots of depower)its gone
*The bar is too thick, this lead to some handle passes with the bar grabbed with the tips of the fingers
*User friendly, when the depower line is broken you have to replace it with a best one
*Low-end is bad, its a kite for its high end
*Hooked in, when was riding i had plenty of power and some times it felt a little as overpowerd, but when i made a hooked in jump i was suprided by how low the jumps were.


Best GP a good kite for doing unhooked tricks, for other disciplines choose a other kite 
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Best GP 2012
Name:
John A 
kitefinder.com - 26.10.2011 at 16:51 hour
Comments:
I have tested the GP now for some sessions both at home and in Tarifa, here is my impression so far:
Just to make it clear I´m not a very good newschool rider, but i do manage some passes and everything to blind/ wrapped, different kind of loops, and some basic old school stuff.

I´ve tried the GP in all kind off conditions, underpowered, overpowered, waves, chop and flatwater, stable and gusty wind. First of all I expected this kite to be a handful and scare me a bit, sure it delivers tons of power and will boost you sky high, amazing lift and hangtime, but the depower was way better than I expected. I have bin flying the Team C on good stable days, and the Taboo and Kahoona on other days. It´s so much more friendly than the Team C, really when it was supergusty I could still manage this kite, never to uncomfortable. Even a friend of mine who does old school and just boosts omn snow and not unhooked on water at all, liked the kite.

So the REFLEX is definitly not a hype! You could both feel and see the effect on the kite.

The bar feel is a bit heavy, but it needs to be that way to be as stable unhoked, and not steer when you are trying a new trick with your kite low. It feels like a C-kite, so you have to time your jump with steering your bar in a bit different way than on a SLE/delta. It's actually a fast kite despite all its stability. It's kind of like it will just sit there until you really tells it to move, and then it will move fast, with power in the turn and do what you want.

The loop is really nice, powerfull but not as "it's going to kill me" as I expected, more like I would wish it to be. You'll still dare to pull the loop. It's a nice powerfull loop, and it will pick you up again afterwards. But sure a bit more of a handful than the rest of the quiver, but not as dangerous as one might expect form a pure competition C.

The unhooked feel of the kite is just amazing, you can of course tune it to suite your own rinding style, but it's soooo stable. Even the 7 felt more stable than most of the 12 I've ever tried, and I try kites as often as I can. I know it sounds too good to be true, but that was the feel of it, just superstable. There is a lot of slack after the pop, in the beginning you will feel quite powered, be course of a bit heavy bar pressure, but it gets so loose after the pop. You'll find it so much easier to do the pass, and to do it with the kite low and with style. The pop is really powerfull but the slack really helps getting the trick. So I'm looking so much forward to getting more time on this kite, I'm sure it will make me a way better rider.

The bar is really smooth, a nice feel, and every part seem to have bin made with hard use in mind. A huge nice chickenloop, a nice grip, and the cuff is made of hard plastic and seems really durable. Even the chikenloop is made more durable. It's built upon the basics of the Redline Performance bar, but a real upgrade. There is a thicker depowerline, and low ware Delrin inserts in the hole were it goes through, to reduce line wear. Even the leash is improved, with a nice padding, a swivel, and a ticker and stronger hook.

To sum it up:
I love this kite, it's not for everyone, but for those making their passes and are serious about freestyle. It's the perfect wakestyle kite, and an amazing booster. It is the best unhooked kite I've ever tried! And I would not be surprised if the pros stand in line to sign with Best having tried this kite. Try it, you'll be supprised! 
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