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Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2017
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: SLE
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Rider Profile

Boosting airs, speed & hydrofoil

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

5 Strut, Bow kite design, Pro Span technology, High aspect ratio, 3 bridle setting options

The Apollo is a performance freeride kite designed to pull every bit of power out of the atmosphere and deliver it right into your hands. It is purpose built for kiteboarding, meaning that it has been designed from the ground up specifically for the sport of kiteboarding. The inflated skeletal frame of the kite sets it apart from a ram air kite in many ways. The skeletal frame provides the structure that keeps the kite design true to its intended shape while in-flight. In shifty winds, the inflated struts drive the kite through turbulence with a minimal amount of deformation. The inflated leading edge structure of the kite introduces the laminar flow of air across the kite’s Pure Profile panels, making it very stable even at low speeds. These inflation properties make the Apollo unbeatable as a light wind performance kite and incredibly accurate as a high wind kite. It also goes without mention that an inflatable kite is much more reliable to relaunch, thereby making the Apollo much safer and much more fun to ride than a ram air kite.

Features

  • Exponential power delivery
  • Fast flying performance
  • Excellent hangtime
  • Optimize efficiency
  • High aspect ratio for optimum upwind performance
  • Excellent lift to aid in tacking and jibing maneuvers
  • Inflatable structure
  • Huge wind range

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2017
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m
Bar length: 48cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap or Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kite review Cabrinha Apollo 12m

Test conditions

Wind: 9 - 17 knots

water: flat - small waves

Bar setting: fireball & fabric setting

Board setting: twintip & hydrofoil

Pictures

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Conclusion

"Hello Apollo, we old school riders great you!"

A new kite in an old shape! This high aspect ratio kite is not a new shape, but brings back good memories. In the old days the manufactures made these high aspect ratio kites, trying to find a solution for the basic kite pull that disturbed the upwind capacity of all kitesurfers. In those days, kites didn't depower a lot or actually not at all. The only way you could control your speed was edgding hard to force the kite to the edge of wind window.
High aspect ratio kites loved that wind window edge. They loved it so much that they easily passed the edge of the wind window and drop out of the sky. A problem that seemed hard to control.
After a few years the 5th line & bridles came. That gave the manufactures the right tools to play with the kite angle of attack. The kite control & up wind solution was found. Manufactures turned to the more lower aspect shapes. Great for overall performances, but that really floaty feel "mostly" disappeared in the tube kites.

Now in 2016 we see the old shape back again and that's great news. "Hello Apollo, we old school riders greet you!" 

Cabrinha brings the old shape back to life. Most of the high aspect ratio diseases are gone. The Apollo is very stable, never drops out of the sky, the turning is fast and the floaty jumps are back again. Even in the lightest wind, riding a hydrofoil, the Apollo won't let you down. Except on one point. Light wind relaunch, that's an issue to resolve.

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Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Low end wind is hard, high end wind no problem

Windrange

Limited Wide

depends on your board of course, we liked the Apollo with a hydrofoil & it's high wind twintip sessions

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Good depower low & high end winds. Clean safety. Great bar feedback!

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Low and high winds good depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

One of its primary characteristics

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

smooth and controllable

Low-end

Small range Large range

even stable under 10 knots, not bad for a 12m

Glide phase

Short Long

Wave

Drift

Poor Good

We were surprised by it's drift. Even in his low end

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

fast for such a high aspect ratio kite

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

One of its best characteristics

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

easy. sheet & go pressure to find your upwind sweet spot

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Apollo 2017 12m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 9 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
drift
 
HardSoft
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 21.10.2016 at 16:04 hour
Comments:
Hydrofoiling in light wind with a 12m Cabrinha Apollo. The characteristics says it all. The most important characteristic is the great Stability in light wind, on the other side the Apollo is hard to restart in light winds. A steering line restart (backwards) wasn't possible. 
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Cabrinha Apollo 2017 12m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 18
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 11.10.2016 at 22:53 hour
Comments:
Just rode the new Apollo to try the Fireball, but it is the Apollo that got all of my attention.
As an old school fan, this new high aspect shape surprised me in a positive way. I know this kite shape from the early days. The new Cabrinha Apollo looks a bit like the old Wipika Airplast. But that's it. This kite evolved this kind of shape. Now its a great old school kite with long lasting glides. Easy control. Fast kite reaction and a tip turn with enough pressure during the turns to control your position. In the early days these high aspect ratio kites were flying out of the wind window with overhead crashes as a result. This new Apollo was very stable. No change, I could pull this kite out of the wind window. So that's great news. Next time I will test this kite in its high end & low end (hydrofoiling. See how allround this Apollo is. For so far, liked it :-) 
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