SYNOPSIS: THE ELEVEIGHT XS V2 CAN BOOST AND GLIDE WITH THE BEST OF THEM AND YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A KITELOOPING SUPERSTAR TO USE IT. NICE IMPROVEMENTS IN LOW END POWER, HANG TIME AND DIRECT FEEL FOR 2022.
Likes: In its second year of evolution, Eleveight’s XS V2 features a five strut, Delta C hybrid shape that promotes full powered riding with lots of big boost capability and extra hang time. Last season the XS was an impressive addition to the Eleveight kite line and this year shows even more promise for anyone that wants to ride with extra power, speed and boosting ability. The revisions of the V2 includes a slightly flatter arc which translates to more lift and glide, as well as better low-end power. Some wingtip modifications also give the XS V2 some better power delivery through the turn and provide the rider a more direct feel and positional feedback. Also this refined version feels more connected to the rider and while it’s easy to send the kite and boost a good distance, the XS V2 also feels more connected above head and reacts easily to rider input with quick turn initiation and fast looping ability. This kite has great upwind drive and smooths out the gusts with its rigid frame. There is plenty of instant depower when you sheet out the bar and the compact, single pulley bridles are well positioned. The high demands of stress put on a big air kite that’s driven into higher wind pressures, translates to more pressure on materials and construction. Eleveight gets top marks for their high quality materials and build that give the rider confidence to push the limits of big air.
Minus: Less low-end power than the RS and not as versatile for foil, waves or park riding but has the heavier build and reinforcements for those extreme, loaded up conditions.
Best For: Intermediate to advanced level riders that want a high performance, big jumping and gliding kite that’s also easy handling and still has decent power and performance through its entire wind range.