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Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2010
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 03m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: Delta
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The Naish kite for starters and Freeriders

Designers Goals

De Charger has the all terrain benefits of the Cult with extra relaunchability and a better low-end.

Details:

Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2010
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 03m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: Delta
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 20m - 24m - 27m
Bar length: 48,3 cm-53,3 cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Naish Charger 2010

Test conditions

Wind: 4/5 bft  14/19 knots

location: Tarifa, lagune + open sea

Conclusion

The Charger is a good entry level kite. The kite has a lot of depower and total depower when the bar is pushed from the rider. The charger keeps it's pressure at the edge of the wind-window and the feedback to the rider is great.  The depower range is quite short, and when the tension on the steering lines decreases the kite will become a bit harder to handle.
As far as performance goes, the kite might not be what experienced riders are looking for, The lift is explosive, but the descent follows quite quickly. Kiteloops only give limited boost.  But these characteristics make the kite perfect for a beginning kitesurfer who is still learning. When there is little power in the kite it tends to react slowly, this makes it less suitable for wave action. This could be something the designers could improve next year.
All in all this is a great kite for a beginning kitesurfer, somebody who only kitesurfs a few times a year and kids.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

2 options. 1 push the bar away for full depower (great for kids) and the second option is to quick release.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

very easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

Short glidephase, the rider (95KG/210Lbs) due to the low aspect ratio.

Low-end

Small range Large range

The shape of the kite results in a less good low-end. A big board is a good compensation for beginners.

Lift

Gradual Explosive

If there is too much lift simply push the bar from you. The lift could have been a bit less for beginners.

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

One of the lesser points, when the tension is low the kite becomes hard to control.

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Slow reaction to commands gives beginners time to react and correct.

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Compensated by slow reaction to steering commands.

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Good feedback on the edge of the window, great for beginners who are still learning.

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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