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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Park & ride 3 strut allround kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The all new Radar kite intelligently combines raw performance with absolute simplicity. The Radar is a performance three strut kite with a park and ride power source. Any input given to the control system translates into an immediate response from the kite. The Radar is a full bodied, swept wing kite, meaning that you will not find an easier kite to relaunch when the kite hits the water. The generously curved leading edge makes the kite roll into the relaunch position with very little input from the rider. The Radar excels as a crossover kite with legit skills in freeriding, freestyle, and surfing.

Features

  • Versatile crossover kite
  • Scaleable performance
  • Designed to maximize progression
  • Three strut simplicity
  • Swept leading edge for stability
  • Best relaunching kite to date
  • Park and ride stability

Windrange Cabrinha Radar

windrange cabrinha radar

Cabrinha 2015 kite bar

Movie Cabrinha Radar 2015 kite

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
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

Kitesurfing review Cabrinha Radar 9m 2015

Test conditions

Wind: 12 - 20 knots

Water: flat and small waves

Bar set-up: 22m

Kite set-up: fabric set-up

Conclusion

The Radar is a new Cabrinha design. This kite is built to make Kitesurfing a bit easier. Expect good starter characteristics like great relaunch, stability and soft power. Don't expect too much performance for the advanced riders. Maybe the wave riders who like a park and ride kind of surfing like to test the new Radar. However, like most of the new kite models, we think this kite needs some tuning like a bit faster steering response and a better slack line control. This would help the new Radar to perform better in the all-round kitesurfing category.
Looking for more allround performance in a kite? We tested the Cabrinha Switchblade for you, this would be a great option.

Scroll down for more details about the Cabrinha Radar 2015 kite characteristics

 

wind:between 14 and 30 knots

water: flat, chop, small waves

bar set-up: standaard 22m

kite set-up: fabric set-up

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1383/cabrinha-switchblade-2015#tests

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great low end, small windrange in its high end

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Park & ride kite. Good depower but holds a bit of pressure when the wind picks up above 16 knots

Safety system

Difficult Easy

New safety system with a easy quick release. Good and direct depower, only in its high-end less depower.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Let the bar go and the Radar stays for a long time on one position

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Not really made for performance, easy kite to start with without an agressive lift

High-end

Small range Large range

This is a low aspect ratio kite, more wind means les depower and more overall grunt

Glide phase

Short Long

Not made for gliding

Low-end

Small range Large range

Park and ride power control in its low end. Easy to ride, beginner friendly

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Our opinion, it can be more beneficial if the Radar have more control and feedback when the kite is totally depowered

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

A bit slow also as a starter you like direct output. That makes it a bit easier

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Park & ride

Drift

Poor Good

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Low end, enough pressure for a easy ride upwind. More wind means more kite grunt, meaning harder to go upwind

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Radar 2015 09m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 18
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kitefinder.com - 14.10.2014 at 20:08 hour
Comments:
The new Cabrinha Radar 9m is about park and ride. Good drift with a slow turning circle & steering reaction. Came from a smaller kite and had the feeling I had a old Wipika Classic in my hand, but there is a good thing about this new Radar. It's simple to control if you don't like playing and steer, just ride with your kite parked on one position. 
4 kudos - +

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Cabrinha Radar 2015 09m
Name:
matthijs 
Weight:
82 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
drift
 
HardSoft
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
glide phase
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 25.09.2014 at 15:43 hour
Comments:
The first impression of this compact kite is proven to be correct. Cabrinha wanted to make a kite accessible for everyone. The kite felt very stable from the beginning, and it was impossible to pull it out of its windwindow.
On the water you can park and ride the Radar, just like the manufacturer wanted it to be. The kite will not surprise you at any time.
If I do need to add some comment than I need to say its turning circle is quitte big and rather slow because its turning point lies in the centre of the kite.
The power is being build up gradually in the loop, but most power is generated at the last phase of the loop.
It responded a bit slow to steering input. But at the same time drifted great while surfing down the line with no hands on the bar.

All and all, a very stable kite with good feedback on the bar, for those who don't want a quick steering machine but a park and ride model. Works great for allround kiters and gives you the confidence you need while learning new stuff. 
8 kudos - +

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