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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2011
Brand: CORE Kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13.5m, 15m
Type: SLE


SLE Delta kite with a C-Shape profile

Designer goals

The new CORE GTS has all the strenghts of an ALL IN ONE kite, with the addition of some radical genes injected by the CORE team. The result is a Delta design with radical C-Kite characteristics for Kiteloops, Unhooked Tricks and that direct barfeeling. With a more pronounced C-Shape the GTS achieves more precise steering. On top of the Allround Characterisitcs, the GTS is orientated towards the progressive Freestyle and New-School rider, hooked and unhooked, who demands a more agressive Kite. Waveriders will relish the ability to steer the depowered kite perfectly.
With the awesome direct barfeeling and explosive delivery of power the GTS achieves enormous lift potential for the highest jumps in the mid to high wind ranges.

CORE lives by the Values: Performance, Safety, Quality and Service.


Core esp bar 2011
The most innovative five line control bar system with direct steering and ultimate safety on the market today.Our bar is compatible with other five line hybrid kites and due mainly to the lower "Y" will make them turn faster with a much more direct feel. 
A big improvement over conventional bars. 
Feed back is also improved as you can constantly feel where the kite is flying without the need to look up. 
The trimable 5th line, that only releases at the push of a button, makes relaunching safe and easy without swimming and eliminating the problems of dangerous tangling. 
The chicken loop release is designed to be very secure but release effortlessly when the need occurs, even under high loads.
All five lines are attached with fool-proof connections to the canopy. Making accidental interchange of attachment lines a thing of the past.      



Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2011
Brand: CORE Kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13.5m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: Depends on kite size
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Test conditions

Wind: 12-22 knots

Location: Flat water


The Core GTS is marketed as an all-in-one kite. One thing is sure, it can be used in many circumstances. The higher the level of the rider, the more the kite has to offer.  The Core GTS has a few characteristics that stand out:

+ Super stable, very suitable for gusty wind conditions.
+ Total depower
+ Super fast reaction to steering commands make the kite suitable for wave riders and freeriders that like 'm quick.
+ Strong pop
- Low-end is not the best around, but if you choose the right kite for the conditions at hand that should not be a problem.

The stability and the total depower are characteristics suitable for a beginner. Furthermore, the power buildup is quite gradual, which should make a beginning kiter more confident.
These characteristics are also suitable for wave riders, especially in combination with the quick reaction to steering commands.
Unhooked freestylers should be charmed by the strong pop which is followed by a long sweetspot. 


Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Complete, even in overpowered circumstances.


Limited Wide

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Very stable, the profile of the canopy keeps the kite in the air with or without bar pressure.



Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

This depends on the skills of the rider for the most part. Lift increases when the kite is depowered in the jump (the kite speeds up, more power is built up in the flight line).


Gradual Explosive


Small range Large range


Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Steerable with slacked steering lines.

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius


Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Going upwind

Hard Easy


Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 2 reviews on this product:

CORE Kiteboarding GTS 2011
stef - 01.11.2010 at 18:02 hour
Well Wildduck I flew the riot last winter. The bigest differents I felt was that the GTS is faster in his reaction on steering and it holds his pressure a little more when turning. Overall the GTS is very playfull. 
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WildDuke - 30.10.2010 at 13:43 hour
I was wondering what the GTS was like to fly compared to the GT and the XR riot? I have flown both back to back and really really liked the XR Riot, however didn't like the delta flight characteristics of the GT. Is the GTS more like the GT or the XR Riot?

Cheers! Wonderful website and reviews, exactly what the industry needs! 
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