After the Woo and the Xensr there is again a new tracking device for kiteboarding; PIQ. Supported by North Kiteboarding and introduced weeks ago, a lot of people wonder why? Why another tracking device? Although an interesting question, this won’t be the topic in this review. No, the most obvious question we dealt with is if this device comes up with similar results as the Woo. The Xensr clearly wasn’t comparable in our previous test, but for the PIQ looks perfect so far!
You will remember it when you have seen them. The Ronix Franks 2016 looks are very spectaculair; extremely flashy green. From orange/yellow in 2015 to this acid green, means people will stop for it and point at them even more. How is the ride on a kite board with these flashy boots? Well before you buy them you need to know one little detail…which leaves a little stain on the pretty expensive Ronix Franks 2016.
Does any bar fit on any kite? Of course it doesn’t, but there is more to it than the bar width, 4 or 5 lines or the length of the lines. While testing a bar from Kite Attitude we got deeper and deeper into the influence of the height of the split point of the front lines.
Interesting stuff, especially if you just want to get your hands on a new bar, but don’t want to pay -the ever growing prices of the A-brands- up to 500-plus Euro. We not only tested the Kite Attitude bar, but we also interviewed some manufacturers which gave some interesting technical insights.
Do we need more toys in kiteboarding? Due to technical inventions, like quick release safety systems, the safety of our sport improved a lot. But still serious accidents happen, sometimes due to a lack of safety tools. So we welcome any new device which makes it a bit safer. In this case we tested The KiteCleat; a tool with two functions; a knife to cut lines and a line storage function to get your kite ready for action quicker and easier.
After establishing the current (un)comparability in jump heights, we promised to get back on some more details. In this post a detailed insight in the relation of the air time and g force measuring at both devices. This shows we have to worry even a bit more and hope that the promised firmware update(s) of the Xensr quickly solves the issues previously mentioned including the inadequate air time registration.
There is no relation between the air time registrations between the WOO sports and the Xensr.
Bad news. Although there are now two devices which can record your session, they are not the same. And we are not referring to the extra capabilities due to the GPS logging of the Xensr. No, we are talking just about one thing: measuring the height of your jumps.
With the arrival of the new Xensr the main question is can we compare the WOO and the Xensr? Since the competition is full on -and heating up due to events like the KOTA– on the WOO leader boards it is interesting to see if we can have a combined or comparable leader board. Continue reading Xensr vs WOO sports→
Independent testing of kites and kiteboards