Carved Imperator 7 / Imperator 7 LW Kiteboard

by Carved • SKU 684811508315
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REAL Review


From Carved

Free your inner twintip virtuoso with Carved Custom’s magnum opus. The all-new Cartan 2 powered twintip is our lightest and most responsive board ever. And now with an on-the-fly rocker adjuster, the Imperator 7 responds like no other board. Ride a masterpiece.

  • New! CARTAN 2: Cartan 2, as it’s called, combines untwisted, unidirectional carbon fiber strands with minimal epoxy binders into a thin, flat, 30° scrim matching the exact board size. The evenly distributed, very straight fibers result in a composite laminate with a lighter, more uniform microstructure than those produced using conventional woven-fabric pre-pregs. The Imperator’s improved filament-to-filament load transfer results in an incredibly energetic Gen7 that’s 100g lighter.
  • New! REVO: A clever rocker adjuster integrated into the grab handle instantly increases or decreases the Imperator 7’s rocker by 15mm resulting in a board that can do it all. Rocket upwind when rocker is reduced. Or increase rocker when you’re in the mood to play around.
  • HULL: The Imperator 7 carries over its signature features that have been perfected over 20 years. The Ellipse channels energy to the fins and edges when warranted and absorbs the rest. A double concave V-shaped keel cuts through the roughest chop and delivers incredible grip and poise. Hand-finished rails feature slightly sharper, drag-reducing, tucked under rail shapes that help carve buttery smooth turns.
  • LIGHT WIND: See, feel and experience a lightwind masterpiece. See the shimmer of the proprietary carbon fiber, feel the unique hand-finished rails, and experience the power, control, and sheer pleasure the new LW edition generates in the lightest of winds.
  • CARTAN® 2: Ultra-low resin, high performance, proprietary carbon fiber.
  • HANDMADE: only the finest material and build quality
  • ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT: strength and power without added weight
  • UNIBODY: full, seamless carbon construction.
  • DEEP VEE KEEL: cuts through undesirable chop
  • DOUBLE CONCAVE: channels water for more speed and drive
  • TUCKED 3D RAILS: the "round rail with a corner" improves drag
  • UV FOIL: doubled UV and scratch protection
  • 3D WOOD CORE: hand-selected, marine-grade, Paulownia wood core
  • ELLIPTIC FLEX TIP: optimized tip flex for more control
Package Includes
  • Board
  • Razor 3 Fin set: 1.7" Fin size for 130cm, 133cm, 135cm, 137cm, 146cm LW & 152cm LW | 1.9" Fin size for 139cm & 141cm
  • Revo Board Handle
  • Carved Twintip Board Sock
  • Strap Kit Sold Separately

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Karl Jacob
Best board I have ridden *and* flexible

I have been a fan of carved boards for a while. When I was told they had a new board I thought "why would I need a new carved mine is perfect" I was wrong. The 7 is a huge leap in performance with just the materials and board. On top of this the ability to adjust the board makes it the best board I have ever ridden *and* the most flexible. The board rides great on its stiffest setting but see some wind chop adjust the handle and the board transforms into a soft riding chop eating machine. Crank stiffness back up and you are ready to fully leverage the awesome pop and control this board exhibits

Michael Brill
2 Boards-in-One, do anything, anywhere.

Context: 141x43 Imp 7 w/ Ultra pads, bought from Real in Sept '21.
Rider Experience: 10+ years w/ recent 2 year hiatus, prior board was carbon Liquid Force 136. Approx 180lb rider.
Where I rode this board: OBX, Dom Republic, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, mostly 13 MPH - 25 MPH (when lucky!)

My take: This board has allowed me to ride in ALL conditions. Light wind, chop, smooth water, upwind, jump landings, dardslides, you name it. I decided on the 141 because many people were riding larger boards. This decision has let me ride in sub-optimal conditions when paired with the 12m XR7. Many times I would "flatten" the board with the handle and ride when many others struggled, having an ABSOLUTE blast.

However, I have 2 things I'm not 100% sure of. I think I could have gone with the 139 or even 137 and had the same lightwind capability with the handle "flattener." This would allow a quicker pop off the water. I may go smaller soon. Secondly, I'm not 100% in love with the Carved pads yet. On the fly adjustments sometimes leave the ratchet open and sometimes I want tighter and the ratchet is maxed. Again, small and most likely user error.

Bottom-line: this board rides smooth in everything and everywhere. It is truly remarkable.

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