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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 03.5m, 05.5m, 07.5m, 08.5m, 09.5m, 10.5m, 11.5m, 13.5m
Type: SLE
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4 strut 4 line freeride kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

You are looking at the ultimate freeride kite. Over seven generations we perfected even the smallest details of the Kahoona for you to enjoy every ride!

The Kahoona is a true pulling machine. It covers a huge wind range thanks to its quad strut design and great depower characteristics. The Delta platform and the new 2-point back bridle system provide the kite with exceptional control and auto-relaunch capabilities, making it the perfect kite for all skill levels. While jumping it has a great lift and an even better hangtime, which also ensures smooth and soft landings. The 2015 Kahoona is lighter, faster and more durable than ever before. It is the perfected progression and freeride kite for you to enjoy every ride!

Features

  • Perfect all-rounder kite for any skill level
  • Delta platform provides auto-relaunch capability
  • Accessible depower provides huge wind range
  • Quad strut design for unbeatable low end potential
  • EZ-PUMP™, equipped with Twist Lock Valve
  • Included with kite: nylon sleeve, kite bag and a repair kit

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: Best Kiteboarding
Size: 03.5m, 05.5m, 07.5m, 08.5m, 09.5m, 10.5m, 11.5m, 13.5m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 4
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m
Bar length: 47cm-52cm-57cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Kite review Best Kiteboarding Kahoona 8,5m 2015

Test conditions

Water: flat

Wind: 13-20 knots

Bar settings: 22m lines

Detail pictures

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Conclusion

We were surprised by the great low end of the Kahoona. We tested this kite next to the Best TS 2015 9m. The Kahoona 8.5m had the better low end, is also more forgiven and had a great relaunch. All characteristics for starters and intermediate riders. The Kahoona is a sheet and go kite, more than the Best TS who has more performance in lift and pop.
Try the Kahoona if you like a basic, easy to ride kite. If you like more performance go for the Best TS.

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Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Try the safety first before you go out. It need a bit practise to reassemble the safety

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Stable in wind window, if you have too much tension on the steering lines, the Kahoona can back stall (kite falls backwards)

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

total depower, more wind = longer depower stroke

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good low end for a 8.5m kite. Great for 3 or 4 bft and a big board

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Great! Very easy relaunch, also in light winds

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

gradual and safe power control

High-end

Small range Large range

Low-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

direct and short turning circle

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Great feedback, always bar pressure. possible backstall (kite falls backwards) if too much power on steering lines

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

center turning kite

Race

There are 4 reviews on this product:

Best Kahoona 2015 10.5m
Name:
Alan 
Weight:
170 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10.5m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
durability
 
ShortLong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 31.12.2016 at 20:00 hour
Comments:
2015 Kahoona to me is a tad faster turning or at least quicker to initiate the turn than the 2014 model. Pivotal style turning. Also boosts are higher, and easier to time with the faster turn. Long and soft hangtime.

Relaunch is awesome, when you need to get it up quick before a wave smashes it, this is the kite to have.

Noticed the canopy holds shape, does not flutter much, even riding depowered near top of its range. When you sheet way out while also depowered, it will flutter, but that's true for any kite with total depower. This is an area that has definitely been improved and I like for maintaining good control and good feel in the upper wind range.

Durability of last year with a lot of use was good for me, this 2015 kite only four sessions on it so cant really comment other than the kite looking more well made than ever, especially the trailing edge with the mark cloth material added between the canopy and dacron for a less sudden change in stiffness.

Overall excellent freeride boosting kite and wave kite.

I have tried some three strut kites and felt that they were not as rigid or as wide a range, so I've stuck with the Kahoona.

2015 10.5m Kahoona has a HUGE usable windrange.

from 12 knots on a surfboard, 15-25 for regular twintip riding all the way up to 29 with a small grippy twin.

 
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Best Kahoona 2015 09.5m
Name:
Brian 
Weight:
150 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09.5m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kitefinder.com - 21.04.2015 at 08:11 hour
Comments:
First thing I liked about the kahoona is the large inflation valve, makes its super easy to pump up. It relaunches super easy and seems like it would be great for beginners. There are a lot of reinforcements, which makes it feel really strong, another great thing for beginners. You can jump with it, but the TS jumps a little better.  
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Best Kahoona 2015 08.5m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
08.5m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 24.11.2014 at 15:25 hour
Comments:
The new Best Kahoona is an easy sheet and go kite. Good feedback and powerful in its low end. That's great if you like to learn kitesurfing with less wind. I think 8-9m kites with good low-end are great learning kites in 4bft. 3bft? Take a 11.5m or even a fast 13.5m kite with a good sheet and go power. I don't know how the bigger Kahoona's ride. One remark, if you have too much tension on the power lines (outside lines) the kite can fly backwards (over sheeting). Tune the kite by pulling on the depower line. Overall, the 8,5m has a great power control for starters and intermediates who like to ride around.
 
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Best Kahoona 2015 08.5m
Name:
F. Burgos 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
08.5m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 15.11.2014 at 12:48 hour
Comments:
Like this kite, easy to ride and restart. I have 2 kites, 8.5 and 11.5m. perfect combination! 
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