Core Kiteboarding have been gaining lots of momentum outside of their home country of Germany of late. Their latest offering of the incredibly slick looking XR4 will excite plenty of riders. The XR4 is a Delta Bow shaped kite, designed as a freeride/wave/boosting machine. Featuring 5 struts, a wealth of different trimming options and also a new super short bridle system to really reduce the risk of any snags.
The XR4s construction has been at the pinnacle of its design. The struts and leading edge have been made with new ‘ExoTex' Dacron, which features and asymmetric weave and a protective coating which not only increase airflow over the leading edge, but has also enabled Core to reduce the diameters of the struts and leading edge resulting in less weight, faster movement but improved kite stiffness and feedback. That’s a lot of tech from some new material! Naturally the rest of the kite enjoys a similar amount of high-end build quality that Core have become famous for!
The Core Sensor Bar is a well-constructed and engineered bit of kit. A 4-line set up, with a well thought out re-ride system. The bars core is made of Titanium ensuring it stays incredibly strong. Core have worked really hard on keeping the Sensor Bar as light as possible. Amazingly it weighs only 230 grams, making it great for travelling and it feels effortless in your hands too.
There is a clever line swivel situated just under the bar. Simply pull the bar in and the lines will be squashed so they untwist. Simple and super effective.