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2024 Airush Ultra Team V5 Review

Size Tested: 8m

Synopsis

The Airush Ultra Team V5 represents the zenith of refinement in kite performance, notably excelling in light wind conditions and offering a supremely balanced feel within the wind window. This kite sets itself apart with a less aggressive, smoother experience compared to earlier iterations, providing an easy ride without sacrificing drive.

2024 Airush Ultra 9m Review
2024 Airush Ultra Team V5 Review – Kitesurfing Magazine / Dave Marshall photo

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The Airush Ultra showcases a polished performance, characterized by its exceptional stability in various wind conditions and a notably lighter feel. This model delights with its refined handling, less aggressive than previous Team models, yet maintaining a high performance presence in the air. It thrives in light wind, an ideal environment for this kite, proving itself as a premier choice for foiling enthusiasts. The Ultra’s stability extends through gusts and higher wind ranges, marking it as a reliable companion.

The Ultra Team’s construction incorporates Ho’okipa Ultra PE fibers, leading to a leading edge that’s significantly stronger and stiffer than conventional materials. This upgrade, combined with the single strut geometry and high-tension canopy, ensures the Ultra flies forward in the wind window, optimizing light wind performance. Our test team was particularly impressed by the kite’s responsiveness, speed, and lightness, attributable to the innovative use of ultra-high modulus yarns and the Airush Load Frame, enhancing the kite’s long-term performance and durability.

2024 Airush Ultra 9m Review
2024 Airush Ultra 8m Review

Drawbacks

While the Ultra 8m excels in light wind and foiling conditions, its specialized nature means it may not be the first choice for riders seeking a more aggressive freestyle or big air experience. However, its versatility across twin-tip freeriding, and wave riding, still presents a broad appeal.

Users

The Airush Ultra Team is engineered for the discerning kiter who demands top-notch performance in light winds and foiling. It’s particularly suited for those who prefer a refined, less aggressive flying experience without losing out on power and control. Whether transitioning from beginner to intermediate or an experienced rider looking to exploit light wind conditions, the Ultra provides an unmatched blend of stability, responsiveness, and ease of use. This kite is a testament to Airush’s commitment to innovation, offering a ride that is as enjoyable as it is performance-oriented.

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