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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05.5m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
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Allround 3 strut SLE

Designers Goals

Every size of the TS kite is uniquely engineered for a specific set of riding conditions - allowing the TS range to cover all riders and riding styles. Every aspect of design, shaping, material selection and construction in the TS has been refined to bring each size even closer to perfection.
Any rider looking for a high wind kite that is stable and predictable needs look no further than the 4m and 5.5m TS kites. Unhooked wave riders will find that the medium size TS kites offer the perfect blend of tight and fast steering responsiveness, light bar pressure and unhooked control, allowing them to express their style like never before.
New-school riders searching for blistering performance will be blown away by the improvements in handling, power delivery and jumping from the mid-sized TS kites. Hooked or unhooked the 7m -14m TS kites deliver greater stability, precise feedback and more performance than ever before.
For course racing and light wind conditions, the 15m and 17m TS kites are the most aerodynamically refined kites we've ever made. Refined even further they have been trimmed back to deliver maximum light wind performance and racing advantage. Changes to the center strut design and bridle positioning make them even easier to relaunch in the lightest conditions.

With sizes ranging from 4m to 17m there is a TS for every rider and every riding style.

Features

  • Ride optimized kite geometry
  • Responsive unhooked handling
  • Wide wind range
  • Stable in all conditions

Bar Best RP V2

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.

 

Wind Range and Performance

wind range

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Best Bar RP V 2

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05.5m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 23m
Bar length: 47cm-52cm-57cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 3 reviews on this product:

Best TS 2012 08m
Name:
JP 
Weight:
80kg 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 35
Number of test sessions:
45 
Kite size:
08m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
durability
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 28.06.2013 at 15:50 hour
Comments:
Picked the kite based on price mainly.
Suitable for everyone.
Build quuality is so so. Durability is very so so.  
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Best TS 2012 10m
Name:
Thijs Vunderink 
Weight:
82 kg 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 21
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 08.05.2012 at 17:41 hour
Comments:
This is really a plug-and-play kite! The first time I tested the TS 10 I felt comfortable riding it, from the start. Nice smooth flying behaviour and very stable. I took it for a nice freeride session, not being powered up as it should be. Still the 10 took me upwind easily after a couple of nice floating jumps. The kite reacts fluidly on steering and the barpressure is just enough to let it fly unattended. You know where it is, it won't surprise you with explosive barreaction.

 
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Name:
John A 
kitefinder.com - 26.10.2011 at 16:50 hour
Comments:
I´m back from Tarifa, and what a great week! Nice to watch Leander Vyvey ripping on the new TS, I could not do the same stuff on it but had some great sessions on it though.

We had all kind of conditions, so we got to try them quite a bit, form super strong and super gusty to a bit lighter more stable, chop, waves, and flat water.

The TS is a bit different from tast years Taboo. The print looks nicer, with loots of details. First of all when I got it in my hands I noted a smoother bar feel, and more low end.

It has more response in the bar compared to the Taboo, and even when it´s depowered. So it should be a very good wavekite as well. It definitly jumps better when you send the kite. And the feel when you send the kite is nice, even though the par pressure is light, you can still feel where your kite is even on your first jumps on it. Felt very well tuned!

They have changed the wingtip a bit, so it turns with more of the wingtips. A small slider on the outer side of the bridle, also seem to help this. I found the kite a much tuned more allround kite than the Taboo. It´s really got a nice feel to it. Stable and still very fast. And I loved the way the kite reacted on bar input.

You do not have to work it as much as the Taboo, there is slightly less slack in the lines hence the GP. So they have traded away a little sack for way more great allround performance. A lot better lift than the Taboo.
Got to say it the best allround kite like this from Best so far!

It´s easy to relauch, not as super easy as the Kahoona, but still no problem. The loop was nice, enough power, but not like it´s going to kill you, so you would still try to boost a bit. It felt even smoother than the Taboo, and the kite delivered a steady power thou out and picked me up before I landed.

As for unhooked feel it was good, it´s not a pure unhoocked kite like the GP, but it does it very well.
I would say the kite is more for people than the earlier. It can do anything. So for most people this would be the perfect kite. I would still say the Kahoona is great, but for those who whant a even more advanced kite, this is a winner!

The new bar is great! Really an improvement from last year. The cuff is not rubber-ish like last year but hard plastic, and the loops is even made stronger. Seems very durable! Every part is replaceable, and buildt upon the model of last year, so I really like this one! They have even put in some plastic in the hole where the line goes thru to reduce line wear. There is also a new stronger and nice leash. The grip on the bar feels smooth and good in your hands.

To sum it up: I really love this kite! Much more low end, it´s fast and has a great reactive barfeel. Best is going to sell a lot of this kite for sure! It´s the perfect kite to sit between the Kahoona and the GP in the lineup.

John A. 
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08.05.2012 at 17:32 hour Thijs Vunderink
Which size did you test, John? As all the sizes have different specifications?
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