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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: RRD
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 13.5m, 15m
Type: SLE


4 line 5 strut performance Freestyle kite

Designers goals

The updated version of our adrenaline driven kite . It has gained worldwide recognition for been an “RRD Icon”. The Obsession MKIV is today the most advanced yet userfriendly kite in our range. Thanks to a new leading edge arch on the small sizes we have also upgraded the kite on important features, like improved turning speed on big sizes and more neutral pull on kite loops, so we have been able to create even a more stable kite, with and incredible 5% more power and improved easiness to ride “unhooked”. The new trendsetter in speed and progressive smooth power in all areas of the flying window. Perfect for kiteloops and power moves, great for every serious kiteboarder.


  • Stability
  • More Low end Power
  • Progressive smooth de-power
  • Medium Bar pressure
  • Improved turning speed on sizes-10.5 -up
  • Neutral pull on kite loops


  • LE Parallel seams for maximum strenght and lower stretchingbr
  • Full Dacron leech and wingtipsbr
  • PVC round label strut end protectorsbr
  • Metallic PU strut end reinforcementsbr
  • DP 175 LL Dacronbr
  • Tejin T9600 Canopy

 RRD Global V3 bar

The new GLOBAL V3 presents many great innovations to make kiteboarding safer, easier and more fun! The new GLOBAL bar is composed of 5 pieces: 2 x New side dual density endcaps with soft ends for easy line rolling and a new quick trim for to adjust the bar length. 2 x narrower diameter carbon bar tubes to improve grip potential and reduce hand fatigue. 1 x middle alu cast and polished integrated piece for de-power rope movement.
DE-POWER ELASTIC TRIM: in order to avoid the problem of having the excess of the de-power trim rope hanging around, and possibly going to distrub you while kiting, we have added an elastic bungee inside the spectra rope that allows you to reduce the excess rope and shorten it until 50% of the stretched lentgh. Same functionality, no rope on yoru way!
QUICK RELEASE INTEGRATED CHICKEN LOOP: A completely new design for this moulded chicken loop part. Ergonomically conceived, it is compact and complete of all features, clean and precise. Very easy to be released and re-mounted with one hand!




Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: RRD
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 13.5m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m to 25m
Bar length: 55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kite is designed for?

Easy to use freestyle kite, has a hardcore brother in the RRD Obsession Pro

Test Conditions:

Wind: 12/15 knots

Water: chop


High performance and powerfull freestyle kite. Use it in higher windrange for the best performance. If you are a freestyler with lots of feedback on the bar, you can try this RRD Obsession 2012 serie.


Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Underpowered less stable, powered no problem


Limited Wide

Low end is good, didn't test the high-end

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

4 line safety with total depower, no tanglement after pulling the safety

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

easy also in less wind



Gradual Explosive


Small range Large range


Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

good for freestyle

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

low end not so good with more pressure a lot better

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast


Going upwind

Hard Easy

on the edge of the window in his lowend not a lot of pressure, obsession build its pressure in flightline with medium turning circle


Slow Fast

accelerate fast, kites looking for the edge of the window

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

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