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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2014
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 05.5m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
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Special surf kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

Drift stability. Lightning fast steering. Instant power and de-power. Durability. Easy relaunch.These are the necessary elements to make the worlds best surf kite. These are the elements that make up the Drifter. Amongst the many features the Drifter is known for, none is more important than drift stability also known as slack line drift. While surfing, it’s sometimes important to depower the kite to the point where you can surf on your own wave generated power without the pull of the kite. Its here that the Drifter is able to stay aloft and drift downwind with you. When the time calls for it, you can immediately power up the kite and clear the next section. The Drifter has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.

Usability

Kite characteristics cabrinha drifter 2014

Wind range

windrange cabrinha drifter 2014

Bar

2014 kite bar cabrinha

Bar movie

Kite Movie

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2014
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 05.5m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: 49cm-57cm
Line length: 22m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview Cabrinha Drifter 7m

Test conditions:

Wind: 20-32 knots

Water: small & medium waves

Board: 5'10 wave board

Kite set up: Turning +      Bar pressure - (see picture)

Bar set up: 24m line 2013 bar (new 2014 bar not available)

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1309/f-one-bandit-7-2014#tests

Wind: 20-32 knots
Water: medium waves
Board: 5'10 wave board
Kite set up: setting B
Bar set up: 22m lines

Pictures:

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Conclusion:

We tested the Drifter 7m in a big windrange (20 - 32 knots). This kite is well tuned and special made for wave riders. Great drift, soft power and always in control. (powered or depowered). This kite is also great as a storm kite. We loved it!

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Drift

Poor Good

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Great in high-end

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Drifter 2014 07m
Name:
Jens Dijkhuis 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 26 knots up to 45
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
price quality
 
PoorGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 29.10.2013 at 10:36 hour
Comments:
I tested the drifter at Schiermonnikoog in small waves on a waveboard(26-32 knt).
I know why Cabrinha called it the drifter! It depends on witch wave riding style you ride bud when you like a kite that keeps his power at all times this is the one.
there is not much bar pressure but in the last 5-10 cm of the depowercord that's where the power hits in. there is total depower only you have to steer it on the end of the bar because in the middle it doesn't react.
great to keep the kite on one place and ride the wave.
I had a nice time whit it in the waves!

I also tested it in Zandvoort during the red bull megaloop challange (35-50 knt)
this time on a twintip jumping high and pulling kiteloops.
I liked the kite in a lot of wind because it keeps his power during the gabs in between the hard gusts so really stable. for kiteloops it was quite slow for a 7m2. the hangtime was average.
It is a really soft kite so a lot of high end.


 
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Cabrinha Drifter 2014 07m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 25 knots up to 32
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 24.10.2013 at 12:14 hour
Comments:
Rode the Cabrinha drifter 7 m in hard and gusty winds. We were making a wave kitetest. The Drifter was sweet, great control because of it's soft power building, lot's of feedback and depower. You can park the drifter and Ride the wave downwind. The drifter turns around it's tips. That makes the turning circle a little longer than the center turn wave kites. But its still fast and i don't mind having some thinking space before my small Kite shoot away in 30 knots. This 2014 Drifter is a trustfull storm Kite in gusty conditions.  
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