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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 03m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: Sigma/SLE
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Naish Allround-Freeride kite with a large range for all conditions

Designer Goals

Riders looking for an all around kite with superior stability.

The Bolt is built on our Sigma foundation to provide stability, fast turning, and solid bar feel.
Featuring the new Evolutive Profile, the Bolt is power-oriented in the large sizes and control-focused in the smaller sizes.
The Geo-Tech construction maintains the designed shape even in the gustiest conditions and ensures a long lasting kite.
The Bolt is for riders who demand performance over the broadest range of conditions. It incorporates the newest design DNA for incredible stability, direct bar feel, fast turning, and easy jumping.

Bar

naish bar 2011

The Universal Control System is a four-line control system in an ergonomic layout. The 3m-centerline design provides a lightweight streamlined connection to the front flying lines. It eliminates the use of heavy rigging parts, and facilitates easy function of the front line flagging leash.
Naish's Universal Control System is hailed as the cleanest and most functional system available. It provides the rider with confidence, functionality and superior performance..

Features

• Smart Loop – Patented push-away release loop
• Auto-orientation Smart Loop
• Sliding stopper
• Graduated trim line marking
• Through-the-bar leash
• Wide leash with quick release
• Internal back line trimming
• Ultra-soft Power Flex bar ends
• NEW - Vario bar end adjustment 18"-20" (45-51cm)

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Naish kiteboarding
Size: 03m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: Sigma/SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Bar length: 45cm tot 50cm
Line length: 20m - 24m - 27m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

 

Who is the kite meant for?

The new Bolt is a fusion of the "old" Naish Helix and Cult models and design to be predictable and to offer stability. This latest Sigma shaped kite in the 2011 Naish range is the allrounder for various circumstances. 
The larger sizes were designed for power, the smaller sizes for control. Performance in a large range with stability as a key word.

Off-water

The Bolt is a 4 line kite with 5 struts.  The kite is equiped with Naish's one pump Octopus system. The canopy and the leading edge of the kite are covered with tribal graphics. The Bolt has the following features:

  • Sliding stopper

  • Ultra-soft Power Flew bar ends

  • NEW - Vario bar end adjustment 18" - 20" (41CM - 51CM)

On-water

One of the first things you notice when you launch the Bolt is the light pressure of the kite. Naish created a distinct feeling with the Sigma design, something you feel very clearly in the 2011 Bolt.
Even when you get the feeling that there is too little wind, the Bolt gets you up and allows you to go upwind. Every gust results in a forward acceleration. In it's high-end the kite develops some performance characteristics. However, the lack of lift and boost make the Bolt a kite for beginners and allround freeriders.

Conclusion 

The light bar pressure, the stability, the easy re-launch and the total de-power make the kite very suitable for kids, starters and anybody else who is looking for a kite that is predictable and trustworthy. The kite will not surprise you with unexpected power buildup, does not drop out of the sky and is relaunchable even with minimal wind (Previous Sigma models were difficult te re-launch in light wind conditions, so we are pleased to see this has been improved). In it's high end the Bolt does perform well but do not expect a lot of lift or boost.  The light bar-pressure could be nice for wave riders, however, the large turning circle and the lack of reaction when the steering lines are a bit slack makes it less suitable for the waves.

The Bolt is Soft, subtle, forgiving and dependable! 

Benchmark Naish Bolt 2011

 

Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

During our test the Safety release was activated unintended when lightly touched.

Windrange

Limited Wide

The low-end of the Bolt is mediocre, in particular with the standard short lines. Using extentions under 16Knots will increase performance.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Gusty winds are no problem. The kite does not tilt, even if you walk towards the kite.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Even with very little wind the Bold is easy to re-launch

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Total depower and very stable!

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

High-end

Small range Large range

Good control with little bar pressure.

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Race

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

The Bolt stand out here, it is easy to go upwind also in it's low end.

There are 6 reviews on this product:

Naish Bolt 2011
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stef 
kitefinder.com - 12.06.2011 at 11:51 hour
Comments:
Tassos, you mean the lift?
It's gradual, the Bolt is all about weight and level.
Light weight riders and children will like it, great safety, depower, light barpressure.

For big jumps, the more rider weight, the more high-end you looking for. 
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tassos 
kitefinder.com - 11.06.2011 at 13:40 hour
Comments:
about jump? 
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arjen 
kitefinder.com - 02.11.2010 at 18:15 hour
Comments:
You are right, my bad... I translated the review Stef made and changed the name in the process... Corrected... 
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Craig 
kitefinder.com - 02.11.2010 at 02:44 hour
Comments:
Sorry to be picky but the name is BOLT. Awesome kite and very stable. 
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Arjen 
kitefinder.com - 29.10.2010 at 10:25 hour
Comments:
Hernandez,

I doubt that this is the last Sigma, but it is the Latest....

Cheers,

Arjen 
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Hernandez101 
kitefinder.com - 28.10.2010 at 10:28 hour
Comments:
I think the sigma`s arent that great, what does it give? Is it the last one? 2012 is sigmaless? 
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