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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
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High performance crossover Open-C kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

"The TS V3 is a high performance kite across-the-board. No matter what style you ride it delivers! "

Peter Stiewe

Because you are looking for a game changing kite that provides unlimited versatility for all advance riding styles the TS is the natural choice. The TS is the ultimate high performance crossover kite and it’s perfect for any rider who wants to excel at newschool, wakestyle, freeride and even wave and to do it all with the same kite.

The Open-C platform of the TS delivers the rock solid stability of an SLE with the handling of a C-kite. The unique Ride Optimized Geometry ensures that every size TS has the ideal blend of high performance and ease of use so you can tackle all riding styles. The 5m and 6m sizes use a 3 strut layout which gives them incredible stability even in the gustiest conditions. With a wide, confidence inspiring sweet spot and responsive unhooked handling the TS will help you stomp all your latest handlepass tricks while its aggressive vertical lift and rapid, tight turning will help unlock the kiteloop monster inside of you.

This season we’ve further improved our legendary Bomb Proof Build quality with the addition our exclusive Twist Lock Valve to the leading edge of the TS- inflating your kite has never been faster or easier. Revisions to the wingtips and LE profile have improved downwind drift and bar feedback for wave riding, so you can hit the sweet spot in the pocket. Changes to the bridle layout and improved back stall characteristics have allowed the R&D team to extend wind range in every size of TS. Combine these build quality, technology and durability features with our Double Core RS canopy material and you can be sure that the TS is tough enough to take a beating; in fact we build the TS so strong we guarantee every kite for life.

If you’re looking for the ultimate crossover kite with game changing newschool, wakestyle, freeride and wave riding performance then you’ve just found your next kite. Choose the TS and Challenge the status-quo

Wind range

wind range best TS 2014

Riding style

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Bar

Best control bar 2014

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Best TS 2014 09m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
glide phase
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 26.05.2014 at 22:04 hour
Comments:
To be honest, Best kiteboarding TS surprised me. This is a well made all rounder. I tested the Best series for many years now, always was a fan of the Kahoona series. Low Price good characteristics. But the other kite series were not my cup of tee. The 2014 TS is different, a real nice all round kite. Playful, controllable with pretty explosive power building but never loosing control. It directly feels safe. In the years before the Best always had a bit wobbling restless canopy or leading edge. But not this 2014 TS, its solid! Great sheet and go bar control with a short range de-power.
You can feel that the designers really have their kite tuning under control. Well done! 
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Best TS 2014 10m
Name:
Realwatersports team 
Weight:
-- 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+5 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From - knots up to -
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 28.08.2013 at 13:57 hour
Comments:
What we like:
Best claim the TS is "the ultimate high performance crossover kite". That's a bold claim. In order to fill those big boots, the TS would have to be fast, powerful & lively while still maintaining excellent wind range, stability and relaunch. Add on top of that the ability to perform both hooked in and unhooked while drifting down the line and hammering upwind. PHEW!!! That's a lot of things to look for. We're delighted to say that during testing - the TS managed to tick all of those boxes!

For a manufacturer to claim a kite can do it all is very ordinary. For the kite to actually be able to it all is very extraordinary! Nice work Best - the TS is a solid choice for any intermediate or advanced rider out there!

What we don't like:
This isn't so much a dislike as a personal preference: the flight path for jumping is very gradual. As you send the kite, you won't get ripped off the water - instead you'll go up slowly but keep going up and up and up! This makes the TS a boosting machine but here's the thing - some riders just like to be aggressively ripped off the water and thrown into the air. If that's you and boosting is a big part of your riding - take a look at the other options in the Best line like the GP.

The new inflation system worked well during our testing but not having a regular 9mm inflate valve (as a backup) is a pain. Although the new Best pump has the attachment - lots of pumps don't . They should have put a regular 9mm inflate valve on there too just in case.

In other news - because the TS is so good at everything - there has to be a trade off and it comes in the form of minimal line slack when unhooking. If you never intend on doing handle passes - you can stop reading this paragraph now but if you're dreaming of the PKRA, the Best GP is going to give you a lot more slack in the lines when you unhook. Let's not be confused, the TS is extremely stable unhooked but you're going to take some slams while learning those s-mobes because the lines aren't going to slack out like they do on the GP!

Why you want the 2014 Best TS:
Because you aren't just a kitesurfer, or a freestyler or a freerider - you're all them and want a kite that can do it all with you! 
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