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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2009
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: C-kite
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Naish freestyle kite.

Designer Goals

Improved steering control, and smoother depower. The wingtips are smaller which should result in less drag. The leading edge is made of two sections which should result in more control during turns. According to Nasih the Torch '09 is a C-shape with the depower of a SLE.

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2009
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: C-kite
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 48,3 cm-53,3 cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Naish Torch

Test conditions

Kitesize: 10 m
Wind: 17 - 28 kts
Rider: Tjitze Postma (70 kg)
Location: Flat water

Conclusion

Even in strong wind conditions the Torch can be setup so to be unhooked. High jumps and a long glide phase can also be accomplished when the setup is right. Takes some experience to get the most out of the kite. Great for wake/freestyle kiters, less suitable for beginners.

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

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