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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2011
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: C-kite
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The Max5 is the Freestyle C-shape kite by Gaastra

Designer Goals

As you might have guessed from the name, the Max5 is the 5th generation Gaastra Max. The Max5 is a freestyle/wakestyle oriented kite that has been tuned a bit with each new generation.
For 2011 the designers, among other things, changed the struts. The kite is now “Spring Loaded” which means that the trailing edge of the kite (the back) retains tension improving stability in turns and when depowered and it improved the airflow over the canopy.
Characteristics the designers aimed for are massive pop, direct steering, stability and durability (bullet proof).
Designer Urs Hungerbuhler explains how changes in kites come about “We listen very carefully to the rider’ feedback and their demands. This changes from season to season, and we adjust the Max to this, so they have the perfect tool.”

Bar

2011 gaatsra bar

This 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!

Features:

  • 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

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2011
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: C-kite
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 46cm-52cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

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