Sunday, July 14, 2024

CABRINHA AV8 Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 11 / SIZES AVAILABLE(M): 9, 11, 14 

CONTROL BAR: AV8 1X TRIMLITE

SYNOPSIS 

Big range, smooth and controlled power delivery with lots of easy boost and extra hang time and glide. 

THE GOOD STUFF 

The AV8 is a unique design in the Cabrinha lineup that features a lightweight five strut frame with a flat and powerful, bow shaped canopy. Good low end power delivery with a big sweet spot you can park and ride this kite with its smooth pull. Lots of depower can quickly smooth out the gusts and pull by sheeting out the bar. It handles very well in underpowered mode with even balance, drift and high levels of efficiency. It can boost big, and it’s also ideal for riding today’s freeride foils. Stable and controlled with good low end power the AV8 drives upwind smoothly while also offering nice floating and downwind pull. It’s unique in this sense, as not many big air kites are as stellar for foiling in light winds with their heavier five strut frames. The AV8’s got more lightweight efficiency, pulls smoothly and is very stable with less tendency for back stalling than the higher aspect, big boosting kites. When Cabrinha introduced the revolutionary bow kite, named the Crossbow, it started a new era of kite design and controllable depower. The bow kite became loved by so many for its ability to boost and glide long distance without the extra skills or that perfect timing required by the four and five line C style kites of the time. The AV8 follows this design philosophy and keeps things consistent with that legendary Cabrinha feel that sucks up gusts and keeps the rider in control while loading up for a big boost. 

TRADE OFF 

Not as nimble and light touch steering as some would prefer but has the performance combo that many freeriders look for. 

BEST FOR 

The freerider that wants extra hang time in an easy boosting kite that they can also be used behind their new foil set up. 

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