KiteFinder, The kite search engine

Review Cabrinha Nomad 2011

« Return to search results
Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2011
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 04m, 05.5m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
Share:

Kite

Six strut SLE Freestyle/Wave kite

Designer Goals

The Nomad was not designed for beginning kite surfers. This kite is made for kite loops and wave action.  The Nomad design aims to offers complete de-power quick reaction to steering commands, unhooked control and stability. Extra attention was paid to its low end and in the larger kites lighter materials were utilized to keep the weight down.
The Nomad has a hybrid arc shape. This is the fastest kite in the Cabrinha range. 

Kite features

  • 6 strut design
  • various tuning options
  • IDS briddle
  • Powerdrive IDS
  • Sprint
  • Improved low end range
  • Stability
  • Control in unhooked kiteloops
  • Performance for unhooked tricks
  • Quicker turning circle
  • New stitching technique on leading edge
  • Lighter bladders in larger sized kites

Bar

cabrinha 2011 barThe Powerdrive IDS control system starts with an ergonomic design, which allows precise steering and power input to your kite.
Secondly, by adding our new Recoil system to the Internalized IDS Landing Line we have reduced the external clutter often found on other bars.
The final result is a streamlined and user-friendly control system that works well for both the first time kiter and the seasoned pro.

Bar features

  • New Recoil™ System
  • Cousins monofilament wound lines
  • Swappable harness loop sizes. Optional accessory sizes available.
  • Lower profile EVA bar ends with flex tips
  • Internal IDS Line
  • Custom cut EVA grip
  • Forged and polished alloy center section
  • Floating EVA bar ends
  • Color coded covered leader lines
  • Stainless steel CAS (centerline adjustment strap)
  • Removable security pin

2011 Cabrinha bar

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2011
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 04m, 05.5m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 6
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m
Bar length: 42cm-48cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Who is the kite for?

The Nomad was not designed for beginning kite surfers. This kite is made for kite loops and wave action. The Nomad designers offers complete de-power quick reaction to steering commands, unhooked control and stability. Extra attention was paid to its low end, and in the larger kites lighter materials were utilized to keep the weight down.
The Nomad has a hybrid arc shape. This is the fastest kite in the Cabrinha range.

Off water

The quality of the Cabrinha kites is high, the designers attention to detail is obvious when looking at the kite. To inflate the kite Cabrinha uses the sprint system, the inflate valve is large and quickly placing your finger over a valve to prevent the air from flowing out is history. The one-pump sprint system is simple and effective. When you remove the covers protecting the tubes that inflate the struts you will find a nicely finished system.
The Nomad has a bridle system with three pulleys. Turning speed can be set to two different speeds.  For this test Kitefinder used the quickest setting.

Nomad 2011 bridlesNomad 2011 one-pumpNomad 2011 one-pump tubesNomad 2011 speed control

 On water

Once you get on the water with the Nomad you notice that steering requires little power (light steering pressure). The pulleys somewhat retard the steering commands. The depower system with the spring works well, the bar remain well in reach at all times.
The power buildup of the Nomad is very gradual, it gains power through the whole flight line. The same goes for jumps, its lift and boost gain force gradually, making the Nomad a friendly kite to handle.
The turning circle of the Nomad is rather large, in part caused by the fact that the kite turns around its tip.
Control over the Nomad in its high-end is good.  It has a lot of depower and as said before, the power buildup is gradual. In conditions with wind speeds above 20 knots you will experience a very good glide phase. The feedback through the bar increases in the high-end, but not too much.  Getting more feedback in stronger wind conditions is exactly what you want, giving you more confidence.

Conclusion 

The 2011 Nomad offers a different feeling than its 2010 predecessor. The low-end has been improved, but it lost some turning speed and has a larger turning circle. But what the riders seeks in his/her kite quest is what defines what characteristics are positive or negative.
The soft kite feeling remains in the 2011 Nomad. The turning circle is bigger, which is fine for down the line wave-riding.  If you want the kite to move quicker you might want to take a size smaller than in the 2010 model, the improved low-end allows you to do this.
The Nomad is a good kite for strapless surfers; low bar-pressure, a lot of depower and a gradual/dependable power buildup.
Personally I would like the kite to have a smaller turning circle (a center turn) for riding the waves.
Even though the kite has a pretty soft feeling, there are Cabrinha freestyle team riders that use the Nomad. The slower reaction is beneficial to freestylers (check out the clips of Greg Norman and Camron Dietrich below).
In these clips the team riders tell you what "their ride" is, but what is yours?  

 

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Windrange

Limited Wide

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

Best in the high-end

Low-end

Small range Large range

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

There are 0 reviews on this product:



Write your own review