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AIRUSH RAZOR 9M 2013: REVIEW

Stats Main market Freestyle Sizes 9m Price £829. With bar £1188

The Razor has been around pretty much since the very beginning. It’s what I call a ‘proper’ C kite! With five lines and a traditional arced C shape. But, judging by what Alex Pastor and his other team riders are doing with it, there is nothing traditional about its performance.

Basics
Build and Construction Keeping it to the basics seems to be the theme of this kite, sticking with the traditional five strut set up and real C kite arc, the kite looks like it is ready for action as soon as you pump it up. It sits high on the beach with the big middle strut creating a big centre power point. Set up and tuning When attaching the lines you are given a lot of choice and potential for tuning the kite, three different attachment knots on all the lines (apart from the fifth) which help you trim the kite to your preferred set up. Bar and Trim The bar is impressively simple and has a nice solid feel in your hands, although the above the bar trim that has these weird looking colour coded tentacles that hang down to make it easier to reach, but do tend to flap around a bit when riding.

Performance
Turning speed, handling and feel The memories came flooding back, this is how kites used to feel! Solid in your hand, power, responsive turning, and none of the bouncy bar feel that is so common now. It felt like you were directly attached to the kite due to the massive wingtips and the straightforward line attachments. Boom! Lift, hangtime and looping Not really a boosting kite due to that massive middle strut reducing the aspect ratio and making it sit a bit deeper in the window, but the looping is something else. Unhooking It worked well unhooked but did take me a while to dial in, but once I got it, it popped well and had a nice even power through the bar. Due to the lack of bridle and the direct connections to the kite there isn’t a sniff of backstall – no matter where you throw it in the window. The kite has a nice drive forward, even with the bar right in. Trim, depower and range Depower… Not a lot! Moving the bar in and out doesn’t make much difference at all, all it does is make the back lines slacker or tighter. I’m not sure I would like to take this kite out on the edge of my comfort zone as I could see it really getting hold of me and shaking me around a bit.

Verdict
If you are looking for a one-kite quiver then you have come to the wrong place, but within its wind range it performs nicely, with a slightly older style feel. I admire the simplicity of this kite, but it won’t be to everyone’s taste. For me it does give you that thrill of excitement when it takes over and shows you what it’s all about! And its PKRA credentials speak volumes…

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