When we heard that Naish were making a kite with no struts and naming it after one of REAL's founders, you can imagine our interest. In fact, this kite is so different and interesting that throughout the testing we were bombarded with interest from all of the REAL team: What's it like? Does it really work? Are there really no struts at all?
In order to really give you as much information as we can - we shot two different videos in different locations with different riders. Hopefully you'll find the different perspectives give you an interesting insight into this no strut kite...
Toby's first impression
The full review:
Pros & Cons
What we like:
- The Trip is small, light and packs down in to a tiny little backpack.
- No struts means no complicated repairs if you ever have a bladder leak.
- Huge wind range and great low end power
What we don't like:
- Can backstall in certain conditions
- Relaunch can be tricky in waves or big chop
- It's not a smooth ride (trailing edge fluttering is easily felt at the bar)
The Trip is not a great kite for beginners because it requires some experience to get the most out of it. That being said - if you know what you are doing and spend a lot of time traveling, the size and weight might just be irresistible. While the Trip isn't the best 10m we've ever flown, there's no denying that it works and if I'm going on a trip but want to take 1 kite in case it get's windy: I'm packing the Trip. In today's game of weight saving and airline fees, the huge wind range and tiny pack-down size more than make up for everything else!