2014 Naish Draft Complete Review.
The first thing we noticed about the draft is that it looks huge! Because the kite has a narrow design (short struts) it makes up the square metres in length. So right from the start we got the feeling that this kite is made for creating lift, drive and speed. This makes the draft stand out as an excellent choice for riders looking for racing performance, amazing hangtime and grunt for the lightwind sessions.
• Sizes: 7,9,12,14,17
• Five struts on the 7, 9, 12 for windward performance in higher winds
• Three struts on the 14 and 17 for light wind performance.
• Colors available: Black, Blue, Orange.
What we like:
The draft has so much power in the last 6 – 10 inches as you sheet in up to the chicken loop. This means you can crank the bar in for extra speed or extra height when you want to and the extra power you get feels like no other kite we've tested. Nevertheless, it also felt very comfortable riding along with the bar sheeted out half way and you still have plenty of power and tension in the back lines.
When you do sheet the bar all the way in, there is definitely some solid bar pressure to let you know that you are really juicing the power out of this kite. Considering it’s aim of use (racing, boosting, speed) we would say that extra bar pressure is a good thing – it helps let you know where the kite is and adds some Va-Va-Voom to your session.
The long shape of the Naish Draft and position of the steering line bridle (in the middle of the wingtip – see picture) makes this kite a little tricky to relaunch if you crash it straight down wind. Those of you experienced with the roll-it-on-its-back method of relaunch won’t have any trouble but it does take a little more than just pulling on one of the steering lines.
Why you want the Naish Draft:
Because you want to go faster, higher and harder than you have ever been before. Or because you want to be out riding in the lightest conditions (the larger sizes will be great light wind weapons). These kites generate a lot of their own power so even when you don’t feel powered standing on the land or when you first dive the kite – once you get going you have all the power you need.
Naish Description: The Draft is a high performance freeride kite that generates powerful lift for boosting big airs and long gliding jumps.
It features a state-of-the-art airfoil design that excels at hooked-in riding, upwind performance, and competitive speed. The Draft’s new reduced leading edge taper adds rigidity to the wing tip, moving the axis of rotation closer to the center of the kite, resulting in sharper turning and a more precise bar feel.
It has five struts on the 7, 9, 10.5, and 12 sizes for optimum performance and added control in strong winds & three struts on the 14 and 17 sizes for light wind performance, smooth power delivery, and faster turning.
Naish Draft 14 Second Jump Raw Footage:
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