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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2020
Brand: CORE Kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Foiling

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

Foiling is your thing. This obsession may have started out as an innocent light wind activity, but it's grown much bigger. You now challenge the norms and pushing the foiling level. How far will you take foiling? Perhaps a lot further than you'd imagine. 

Xlite from our Specialized division is a one strut foil kite that performs exceptionally well with your favorite hydrofoil. Why? Because our development team fused the power of our fantastic Nexus allrounder and the drifting of our unbeatable Section wave kite into a package that's an honest 20% lighter.

How do we do it?
Mass reduction isn't easy. So, we experimented with new leading edge materials, bridles, and one strut designs. After exhaustive R&D, our designers zeroed in on CoreTex for the canopy and new ExoTex Light for the leading edge. CoreTex adds support and power to the one strut canopy. ExoTex Light brings similar strength as our current ExoTex leading edge dacron yet is more than 10% lighter. We developed thinner, anti-snag bridles that further reduce weight and improve water relaunching. No detail was too small to lightweight. In the end, we hit our 20% mass reduction target.

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Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2020
Brand: CORE Kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 1
Colours: Various
Line length: 18m, 20m, 22m, 24m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Core Xlite 2019 / 2020 11m
Name:
Jens Dijkhuis 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
2020 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
15 
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 17.04.2020 at 20:52 hour
Comments:
I'm having a blast using the XLite for my foil sessions!

Most of the time I ride the kite with short line's in the range 16 to 20 meter.

because of the light built it drifts perfectly and you can easily relaunch it backwards with the steering lines.

The kite steers really direct for an 11 meter and even with low tention on the lines it reacts good.

In the smaller sizes and in its high end I prefer a 3 strut kite because it flatters quite a bit (what can you expect from an one strut kite  
3 kudos - +

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28.05.2020 at 17:44 hour Tukyank
Great review!
My current “go to” light wind kite is my Sonic 2 15m...... but after several very long swims due to too little wind to relaunch in the water, I’m very interested in the Xlites ability to relaunch in very light wind (3-6kts).
Understood the xlite won’t have the power or float of the Sonic, but if I have time to wait for a gust to relaunch, I,d be much happier.

Would you consider an “ultimate light wind” comparison review between the Sonic and the Xlite?

Rick Tukyank
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Core Xlite 2019 / 2020 09m
Name:
Marco 
Weight:
75 
Riding style:
allround, big-air  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
15 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 16.04.2020 at 18:36 hour
Comments:
I have used the xlite 9m2 for foiling for 15 times now. From lowwind (8-10 knots) untill 20 knots. I really like this kite at the lowwind range. The highend is not that great, if you want high end, choose another kite ;)
What I also like is that this kite has the abillity to launche backwards. Just pull the steeringlines and the kite reverse launches easy. 
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