2018 Naish Pivot Kite

by Naish • SKU 18KPI050B
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REAL Review

The 2018 Naish Pivot is the kite that everyone loves. It boosts high, rip turns and you will always know where the kite is with out looking at it.

Key Performance Characteristics

•Responsiveness Responsive - Initiates turn with little bar input
•Turn Radius Narrow radius
•Window Position Sits forward in the window
•Wind Range Good wind range - 170 lb riders expect optimal power on a 12m in 16-22mph wind
•Relaunch Great Relaunch
•Bar Pressure Medium Bar Pressure - Adjustable via wingtip settings
•Power Per Size Rides bigger than the size on the bag. This kite flies best in the middle of its wind range

Tech Specs

•Material Quad-Tex Canopy | The strongest material in the industry, proprietary to Naish
•Valve High flow valve with direct to hose connection Octopus internal strut connection system
•Bridle Uses sliding rings with no moving parts
•Wingtip Swept wingtip shape
•Bonus Shark Teeth double QuadTex Trailing edge reduces weight on the trailing edge and adds strength.

Th fourth generation of the Pivot has been upgraded with a few new construction features that make this the best kite that Naish has ever made. The addition of the proprietary QuadTex material to the Pivot has reduced the overall weight of the kite while increasing the durability and performance. The QuadTex retains the waxy “new kite” coating so the performance of the Pivot will feel the same on session 100 as it felt on session number 1.

The Shark Teeth trailing edge construction makes it so the Pivot has almost no flutter. This jagged double layer QuadTex makes the trailing edge a lot more durable too. When a kite is laying on the ground the constant flutter of the kite in the wind creates a lot of wear and tear on the leading edge. With the Shark Teeth panel lay out, the trailing edge is protected from this material break down and the trailing edge of the kite will remain ridged for the life of the kite. Previously they used heavy duty Dacron that made the kite feel heavy and more prone to backstall. This has been negated with the Shark Teeth QuadTex double layer trailing edge.

In the words of Robby Naish, “You always know where the Pivot is while you are flying it. You never get lost and wonder where your kite is while you are boosting or riding a wave.” This positive bar feel instantly builds confidence. When you boost the Pivot not only do you go really big really fast, but you can control the kite while you are in the air and feel your way into a soft landing. This riding feature is also nice for wave riding and beginners when you are not always watching your kite.

The name of the Pivot was perfect for what they were trying to accomplish. They wanted a kite that turned on it’s access with out loosing power or stalling. The nailed it with the Pivot as it is responsive and can easily change direction with power and consistency through the entire turn. This feature lets you precisely place the kite in different spots in the wind window.

The two things that the Naish Pivot does well is rip in the surf and boost big airs! The kite’s ability to turn on a narrow axis makes it easy to maintain board speed through turns and really lay into hacks when you change directions. The Pivot offers a lot power at your fingertips by sheeting in and out so you can dump power when you’re on waves or setting up for a big air. Sheet in and you are reconnected to the wave or sending it BIG!

Tomahawk Test

The Naish Pivot rolls over itself easily when you slam the kite and slack the lines. The short bridle rarely gets hung up so most of the times we see the kite finish the crash in the proper position. Since the kite rolled through the lines, your center and back lines will be crossed. The kite will still fly and rarely did we see it fully invert.

We have popped a bladder on the Tomahawk Test and changing the bladders on the Naish internal Octopus system is a pain in the butt.

Insider Info

The addition of the QuadTex material left the 2018 Naish Pivot feeling more powerful than previous years. You can ride a smaller kite in less wind and still have the same amount of top end range. This left us a little confuse when we were building out quivers for people that had the 2015 or 2016 Pivot. The 11m 2018 Pivot will have the same low end power as the 2016 12m and same tope end as the 11m 2016 Pivot. You get all the benefits of the smaller kite with faster turning speed, better top end range and bigger boosts, but have more power on the low end.

The Octopus inflation system is really solid and lets you pack down your kites super small since you can deflate the struts using the on strut dump valve. Since the inflation tubes are internal, you will never have a hose pop off when you tomahawk your kite. Also you can leave the struts inflated for faster inflate.

Why you want the 2018 Naish Pivot

The Pivot is the bomb. Everyone loves it and this kite builds confidence in your kiteboarding so you will kiteboard better. Naish has been making kites since the 1990s and they have always strived to make product perform better and last longer. With out question the Pivot is the best Naish kite that they have ever made and you won’t be disappointed in the performance.


The 2018 Naish Pivot is the kite that everyone loves. It boosts high, rip turns and you will always know where the kite is with out looking at it.

Naish's Description:
Predictable power development, direct bar feel, intuitive steering and plenty of “sheet-in-and-go” are just a few characteristics that make the Pivot one of the most sought-after kites on the market. Adapting to a wide variety of wind and wave conditions, this kite features a medium aspect ratio for substantial low-end power, easy jumping and great upwind performance. Dynamic and responsive, it pivots quickly and easily on a small axis of rotation—with minimal power increase through turns—for super-smooth carving through waves and enhanced control going into and out of kiteloops.
The Pivot continues its subtle evolution with an adapted profile, making it more balanced, reliable and predictable. Incorporating the Shark Teeth feature on the trailing edge gives the Pivot an even more aerodynamic profile. This makes the Pivot lighter while keeping it forgiving, with outstanding low-end power and direct bar feel.
Easy-handling, well-rounded and incredibly versatile, it’s clear to see how the Pivot has become the all-around choice.

Key Features:
•NEW Shark Teeth Trailing Edge = Buffers & disperses flutter + reduces wear + enhances durability
•Quad-Tex = Strongest kite canopy material on the market featuring 4x-reinforced ripstop
•"Sheet-in-and-go" feel + easy jumping
•ABS Bridle = Consistent forward drive + maximum depower + no back-stalling
•Quick water relaunch
•Natural drifting effect
•Constant leading edge taper
•High-flow valve

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