The TS is back for the 3rd year and it's better than ever.
Best TS V3 Tech Specs:
- Sizes: 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 12m
- One pump inflation with Twist Lock Valve
What we like:
Best claim the TS is "the ultimate high performance crossover kite". That's a bold claim. In order to fill those big boots, the TS would have to be fast, powerful & lively while still maintaining excellent wind range, stability and relaunch. Add on top of that the ability to perform both hooked in and unhooked while drifting down the line and hammering upwind. PHEW!!! That's a lot of things to look for. We're delighted to say that during testing - the TS managed to tick all of those boxes!
For a manufacturer to claim a kite can do it all is very ordinary. For the kite to actually be able to it all is very extraordinary! Nice work Best - the TS is a solid choice for any intermediate or advanced rider out there!
What we don't like:
This isn't so much a dislike as a personal preference: the flight path for jumping is very gradual. As you send the kite, you won't get ripped off the water - instead you'll go up slowly but keep going up and up and up! This makes the TS a boosting machine but here's the thing - some riders just like to be aggressively ripped off the water and thrown into the air. If that's you and boosting is a big part of your riding - take a look at the other options in the Best line like the GP.
The new inflation system worked well during our testing but not having a regular 9mm inflate valve (as a backup) is a pain. Although the new Best pump has the attachment - lots of pumps don't . They should have put a regular 9mm inflate valve on there too just in case.
In other news - because the TS is so good at everything - there has to be a trade off and it comes in the form of minimal line slack when unhooking. If you never intend on doing handle passes - you can stop reading this paragraph now but if you're dreaming of the PKRA, the Best GP is going to give you a lot more slack in the lines when you unhook. Let's not be confused, the TS is extremely stable unhooked but you're going to take some slams while learning those s-mobes because the lines aren't going to slack out like they do on the GP!
Why you want the 2014 Best TS:
Because you aren't just a kitesurfer, or a freestyler or a freerider - you're all them and want a kite that can do it all with you!
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