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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
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Lightwind performance Open-C kite

Designers goals

"The TS V3 is a high performance crossover kite and the 15m and 17m sizes have been designed in shape and weight to perform in the lightest wind. No matter what style you ride they deliver!" - Peter Stiewe -

Unlock your limits.
We understand that not everyone kites in 25 knot winds and that’s why we built the TS Light Wind. The TS-LW repackages the game changing performance and unlimited versatility of the smaller TS kites in lightwind specific 15m and 17m sizes that are built to help you get the most out of every light wind session.

You could use a race kite in light wind, but they aren’t built for trying new tricks and having fun. The TS-LW uses Ride Optimized Geometry to take your performance and fun to the next level, with a light wind specific LE span and canopy profile that are designed to get you riding in less wind than anyone else. With a Reactive Micro Bridle for responsive handling, aerodynamic refinement and maximum upwind ability the TS-LW kites let you tackle all riding styles. They are stable when unhooked, responsive in the air and surprisingly agile even on a smaller bar. The 5-strut TS-LW is the number one choice for our freestyle pro-team riders when they need a dynamic and responsive kite to help them win in light wind conditions.

Every gram of spare weight has been trimmed the from TS-LW kites leaving nothing but 100% performance. We use our Double Core RS canopy fabric to provide maximum strength and minimum weight. Dacron placement on the wingtips is optimized for the best blend of low weight and steering responsiveness, we’ve even developed an ultra thin TPU bladder material to help trim all the spare weight from the airframe.

The TS-LW is designed so you can make the most of every lightwind session and allow you to stay on the water in complete control even when the wind picks up. If you want to add a killer light wind kite to your quiver and need one that is ready for newschool, wakestyle, freeride and maybe even some gentle wave riding then the TS-LW is the perfect choice. Start riding one today and unlock your limits.

Wind range

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Riding Style

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Bar

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Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 10m-15m-18m-21m-24m
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Best TS Lightwind 2014 17m
Name:
Realwatersports team 
Weight:
75-85 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
+5 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 7 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
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up wind
 
HardEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 05.12.2013 at 12:55 hour
Comments:
What we like:
The bigger TS kites have always been designed a little differently to focus more on light wind performance but the V3 TS is the next step up. The best thing about the light wind version of the TS is that it maintains the feel and performance of a 12m when it comes to freestyle. This means it feels nimble and fast with reasonably light bar pressure!

You'd expect a light wind specific kite to be able to generate decent power, relaunch in light winds and go upwind well and of course the TS can do them all but the best thing about about this kite is that it actually works really well for freestyle - especially unhooked. We like that when you edge hard against this kite in light conditions it creates decent pop and really allows you to work on your tricks!

If you're an intermediate or advanced rider, we really think you'll enjoy the speed and performance of the light wind TS and choose it over other light wind kites that are only focussed on max power.

What we don't like:
In really light wind (sub 8mph) the TS requires some decent relaunch skills (rolling the kite onto its back). The reason is that the leading edge isn't curved but fairly flat (like a c-kite). That's what gives this kite it's impressive light wind freestyle skills. With any consistent breeze though (>10mph) - you shouldn't have any trouble with relaunch and you'll rage upwind. This kite is all about doing your normal tricks when your 12m just isn't cutting it!

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.

Why you want the 2014 Best TS Lightwind:
Because you love your normal riding style (freestyle or free ride) and you don't want those pesky marginal conditions to get in the way of your progression.
 
6 kudos - +

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