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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 05m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE


The allround cross-over SLE kite by Gaastra

Designer Goals

In 2011 Gaastra will introduce the 4th generation Jekyll.  The Jekyll is a cross-over kite because it is designed to be used in various disciplines.  Free riders want a kite that can adapt to the conditions, so you want a kite that turns quickly for the surf, a kite with lift, float and depower for the big airns and high speeds for regatta races.
According to Gaastra the Jekyll can provide you with it all.  The 2011 model has been modified to offer more stability in the smaller kites, and a better low end in the larger sizes.  Characteristics that remained the same are the light bar pressure, large wind range and a lot of depower.
The 2011, Gaastra’s Crossover.


2011 gaastra barThis system provides an easy to adjust bar width either 46 or 52 cm wide. You can modify it easily for 4 or 5 line setup (and back again). The Pull/Pull webbing adjuster has a huge 25cm range and the system offers a 50cm depower range.
This Bar System provides the maximun of safety possible. You can fly it in either classic 5th line setup or absolutely flightless on one powerline (in 4 line setup).

The Bar System v9 comes with 21m flying lines with 3m extensions, so the rider can have two line length options. It has a clean black & white design, so the rider knows where he is in the wildest situations. The Bar System v9 comes with O-Shit options on both sides of the bar system, to get the rider out of potential trouble. It has a very easy to use and secure Quick Release system without fancy mechanics. It activates from the center and is easy to reassemble. This System uses the “Standard Bar Setup” (all lines same length) so this bar can be used for almost every kite!


  • Heavy duty glassfiber bar
  • Stainless steal parts
  • 3D EVA surface for perfect grip
  • High quality lines with almost no stretch, to provide a very direkt and precise flying kite
  • Steering lines are covered with a sleeve in the bottom to prevent injuries


Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 05m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 46cm-52cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Gaastra Jekyll 2011
Nico van Hanxleden Houwert - 06.04.2011 at 19:28 hour
My girlfriend bought a Gaastra Jekyll 2011 (9 m2) in Cape Town last January, and I was pleasantly surprised by this kite. Was our first experience with a Gaastra kite.

Very fast, high turning speed, and enormous lift & hangtime for those floaty jumps. Not too much bar pressure, but enough feedback in my opinion to feel where the kite is. Very nice upwind performance.

The quality of the kite & bar seem to be good. Definitely a kite that I'll keep in mind. 
4 kudos - +

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