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The Taboo range represents a new concept in building the ultimate quiver of high performance kites. Each size of the Taboo is uniquely engineered to optimize performance for specific riding conditions. Every aspect of design, shaping, material selection and construction has been tested and selected to create the ultimate ride in every kite size. The Taboo delivers an unprecedented experience for hardcore riders who long to push beyond the limits of their current quiver. Ranging from 4m to 17m, there is a Taboo for all wind speeds and all advanced riding styles. Each size in the range blends a different balance of 'control', 'power' and 'flow' allowing you to completely reinvent your riding game. Unhooked big-wave riders and Wakestyle enthusiasts will find that the smallest Taboos offer the perfect blend of tight and fast steering responsiveness, light bar pressure and unhooked control, allowing them to express their style like never before. New-school riders in the hunt for eye-popping kite-loops will be blown away by the uncompromising power delivery and handling from the mid-sized Taboos. Hooked or unhooked the Taboo remains rock solid stable to the limits of its wind range. For course racing and lightwind conditions, the largest Taboos are the most aerodynamically refined kites we've ever made. Every gram of spare has been trimmed back to deliver maximum lightwind performance and racing advantage.
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Average user rating from: 6 user(s)
8 meter is awesome 12 meter is slow and heavy
wouldn't get this kite in a 12, but the 8 is smoking
Loving this unhooked.
I first tried the Taboo 12m of a close friend. He likes the kite for unhooked riding and is beginning to perfect some surface handle pass tricks. I was looking for a kite to replace my Naish Torch, I wanted a kite with a wider sweet spot but I did not want to have to trade ease of use and unhooked performance.
I love my Torch it has been a great kite, but the wind range is narrow, I cannot afford a full quiver, so I need a middle size kite, 12m, that covers a broad range and works well unhooked.
The 12m Taboo has not a lot of low end power, the bar pressure is light and it requires about 15mph before the kite really comes alive. For unhooking i don't want a kite with a lot of grunt as that means heavy bar pressure. The Taboo hear has a good balance.
Trim is very easy to set, the kite has a wide sweet spot and lots of depower, the range is very good. When you trim to unhook just depower the strap and pull out of the harness. There is no back stall and I feel very comfortable out of the harness. Steering control remains good, no mushy unhooked feel and the Taboo loops quickly powered or depowered.
Pop from the kite is good unhooked. Due to no back stall you do not choke the kite preparing to pop. This feels good in flat water and I could quickly try simple surface pass tricks and make them all work in a few minutes.
When you jump the Taboo you can either jump hooked or unhooked easily. Hooked in the Taboo can feel lost right at the apex of a big jump, the bar feels super light at this point. Once you direct the bar or start coming down the bar feel gets more solid again. Jumping is easy and precise, it is not a big boost kite like the best Nemesis, it is much easier to master.
Unhooked jumps are simple, Taboo holds good feel at the bar. Feedback is strong with not too much pull mid way through trick. Unhooked loops are easy and smooth with lots of pull all way round.
I have just ordered my 12m Taboo, very excited.
ps- when they are new the colors can run, so do not pack kite away wet. Wet the kite and fly it dry the first time you use it.
Best kite I've tried in a very long time!!!
This kite just rocks! Finally a really good newschool unhooked kite from Best. It needs a bit more wind than the Kahoona (and some others), but plenty of power and amasing lift when enought wind. Boosted me sky high wiyh no affort at all. Fast turning (put it on the first knot - really makes a big differece). Very good unhooked stability, just like a proper C kite. Great pop, and the best is the slack in the lines after the pop. Makes passing and other newschool stuff so much esier. :) Lots of slack, it feels like a good C in that way. But still it has the depower and relaunch of a SLE. It has a kind of a bridle, but with no pullys, so you get the direct feel. Best have really make the best kite I've tried in a very long time!!!
The loop is smooth, does'nt kill you but pulls nice. It needs, like all kites to be pumped hard. It's easy to relanch compared to other kites with the same unhooked stability and slack in the lines, but not as easy as some deltas.
I still fint the Kahoona with more drift and a bit more sweet in the waves, but this kite is definantly great for waves as vell. And for unhoocking, well it's just amasing!
The build quality looks good, haven't had it that long to say anything. But if it is like Best says with the same "surf though" construction as the other Best kites, I would not worry.
The price is a bit higher than what I would expect from Best, and with just a plain bag and no pump. It more simualr priced to a lot of other brands out there. I guess it's becaurse of the R&D cost of making the 3 totally different kites based on the sizes. Anyways I thought it was well worth the money!
If you are a beginner, you would probably prefere the Kahoona or Bularoo, but for a bit more experienced kiters, starting to unhook, go high, and loop the kite, you should definantly give this kite a try! But if you all and only about jumping high, you would probably want to wait for the next Nemesis HP.
I think I could sum it all in: unhooked stability, slack in the lines after pop, and fast turning.
After 3 sessions on this kite I'm sorry to say its a no go....literally. Kept winding up downwind in lighter wind. Rode it after riding my old Nemi 12 just to check and Nemi had plenty of power, Taboo barely stayed upwind even when pumped. Too bad, kite pivot turns great, has low bar pressure and very stable. Jumps poorly because of lack of power. Loved the 8 though!
Heard from the locals on Maui that this was an excellent kite. Rode in gusty Kihei conditions 20-28mph and was amazed at how right they got this kite. Light bar pressure but enough for good kite feel. Very stable. Quick but not nervous like my old Nemesis HP 8. Rode well hooked or unhooked and jumped well. The word is that Taboos lack low end...yeah, maybe 10-15% loss of low end required a little extra pumping....but the kite was just about perfect otherwise for freestyle and should be a wave winner....though yet to be proven. Stay tuned for that and for 12 test. Overall strong buy recommendation!