Sunday, April 14, 2024

Core XR 8 Review

SYNOPSIS: A SUPERIOR EVOLUTION IN THE BIG AIR LEGACY THAT AIMS TO UPLIFT EVERY KITER’S ABILITY WITH UNEQUALLED AGILITY, EXPLOSIVENESS, AND RIDING COMFORT UNDER VARIOUS CONDITIONS.

Likes: Step into the future of kiteboarding with the sensational XR8, the flagship kite in Core’s eighth-generation line-up. This high-performance freeride kite shines in its category, offering exceptional performance without sacrificing riding comfort. The XR8 continues to be a highly desired model for its innovative design and superb performance, but with its latest generation, it’s not just an upgrade; it’s a revolution.

One of the key improvements is the incorporation of the stiffer ExoTex 2 in the kite’s airframe. The XR8 benefits enormously from this upgrade, becoming more agile and responsive, giving improved bar feedback, and delivering cleaner kite loops. The ExoTex 2, resilient even under extreme forces, aids the kite in achieving significant upwind performance, explosive lift, and impressive durability.

The XR8 doesn’t stop there. The high-performance dacron allows for a smaller leading-edge diameter, making the kite even more nimble and reactive. The ExoTex Light struts, part of the XR’s crucial 5-frame design, are lighter yet robust, enhancing the kite’s agility and reducing weight by an average of 150g. This contributes to a ride that’s smoother and more controlled than ever before.

The XR8 LW, the light wind model, shares these enhancements and impresses with its lightweight construction and extraordinary upwind performance. Even in light wind conditions, riders can expect solid jumps with decent hang time.

The XR8’s versatility shines through with its CIT modes that allow customization of flight character, bar forces, and reactivity. Even with the massive 15-meter Core XR8 LW features like the Instant Relaunch, make getting back into action is a breeze. With six years of parts guarantee, it’s clear that the XR8 is designed to be a reliable partner for kiteboarders for a significant part of their kiteboarding journey.

Minus: Not a great choice for light wind foiling, and a bit less versatile in the surf than the Core Nexus.

Best For: Both progressing riders taking their first lessons and more experienced riders seeking high performance and massive big air. A better kite looper than the XR 7. The XR8 is a standout model in the realm of big air freeride kites, offering a smooth and non-twitchy turn, a massive sweet spot in the kite trim, and unrivalled power delivery. With two color options, Bright White 10 and Tech Black 10, the XR8 also offers a stylistic choice to its riders. This kite has the potential to redefine the kiteboarding experience for everyone who gets their hands on it. The Core XR8 LW is a comfortable powerhouse ideal for large twin tip riding.

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