We are no team-riders, professionals or in any other way linked to any brand. So we hope to be as independent as possible in our judgements. As you might have noticed we are not afraid to point out positive sides of products, but also write about negative aspects that can (or should) be improved. After all in some cases big brands put their money in marketing and not so much in research and design.  It is actually one of the reasons that made us come up with this blog. Because of all the marketing terms and branding some people don’t see the wood for the trees any more.

There is only one way to know what you really like in a kite or in a board and that is by testing it on the water. Reading a kite magazine can help you in your choice for new material but then again a lot of this magazines only exist because of their advertisers and guess who wants to advertise in a kite magazine? Right! The big kitesurfing brands. This makes editors of magazines think twice before they tell you something isn’t as good as possibly told by a brand. However their are some very good kite magazine with very detailed reviews but not in all countries.

About the team

Our team is just a group of  enthusiastic, average kiters with intermediate to advanced levels. So we are no pro’s trying all the newest freestyle tricks, but also not afraid to kite with 5 or 6 meters in 40 knots of wind in swell up to 5 meter. Experienced from 4 – 14 years of kiting (per person) with weights from 50 kg up to 95. We all live in a coastal town and because of that we can get on the water quite often.  We hope to deliver what we promise.

All the feedback and off course the option to let us test (the latest) material is more than welcome.

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  1. Big Dave! you guys will do your best, I’m sure about that…

    Have a good winter sess and we’ll wait for your updates.

    Tks again
    Manos Diet

  2. Hi Manos,
    For people like you we are doing it, so thanks very much for the message!
    As for this twintip ” Santiboards TWINTIP Donkey” we never heard of it. We going to have a look, but the soonest it will be March 2019 (winter makes testing twintips unsuited due to use of boots etc).
    We will update on FB what is coming up next.
    We Test Kites

  3. Hi Team – first of all thanks for this site, now I can’t change my materials without your reviews firsts 🙂

    Please test also the Santiboards TWINTIP Donkey, the new board looks amazing and since I follow this brand looks like they don’t change just name or graph on the boards every year but introduce new models only if they are true internal innovations.

    Thanks again for your initiative is amazing for all the kiters.

    Manos Diet (from Greece)

  4. Hi David,
    Thanks for contacting us and also for the compliment.

    1: Yes, we know the owners from Harlem quite well. We have a test scheduled when there is some decent wind predictions pop up.
    ps we tested already the first version of the (normal) Harlem. https://www.wetestkites.com/2016/10/24/fhl-kites-the-harlem-9m/ but is has changed a bit now. That type (they have 3 types now).

    2: A top 5 is not easy to come up with. It depends very much on what you want. If you just want to jump the Ozone Edge is one of the best. But it does just that. SO every situation has its ideal kite.
    Compare it with a computer game where you can choose a character to play with. One has the best acceleration, one has the best turning, one has the highest end speed and another goes best uphill. Others may do it quite well in all situations. GEt what we are trying to say?

    We Test Kites

  5. Hi team,

    Awesome website, very useful information. I have 2 questions/remarks?
    1. Have you ever tried the Dutch brand Harlem kites and if so, what are your thoughts on this (especially for a beginner)
    2. It would be great if you could add a top 5 or 10 to the website, in this way it’s easier to see how the different kites are ranked, and if it’s even needed to buy the newest version of a kite or that a 2017/2016 still works.

    Thanks and have a great day!


  6. Hi Bryan,
    Thanks for the compliment!
    We had a go with the first version of the Pivot a couple of years ago. We could only use it for a few hours and in those hours the feelings are mixed within the team. Generally spoken it is quite a soft feeling kite, which excels in wave riding and easiness of use. Intermediate riders or above won’t be impressed. But keep in mind this was too short and too long ago….
    The test material is not given to us, we need to give it back to the owner or who ever lend it to us….that is how you stay independent!
    We Test Kites

  7. THE NAISH PIVOT.. review please!!!! I Luv the info I get from your your posts on this website. Truly informative and helpful! Keep up the good work….and when you are done testing the pivot please sent it to me. I will pay for shipping. 😀😀

  8. Hi Carlos,
    It depends a bit how you are as a beginner.
    If you are quite gentle and don’t slam the kite so much in to the water a F-one Bandit or a Cabrinha FX is really nice. (quite fast kites)
    If you are less secure and on the rough side, take a North Evo or Switchblade. (slower but more powerfull kites)
    We Test Kites

  9. Hi David,
    thanks for thinking with us.
    We already got in touch with Core. Unfortunately not every brand is keen to be looked at with an independent view. We will try again though!
    We also going to look at the comment order!
    An hall of fame is something that needs some more thinking, it requires some rules which we need to think of.
    We Test Kites

  10. Dave,

    Naively I thought you might just give Core a call… Or talk to a local dealer or school.
    Also, a couple of suggestions for the site :
    – put the most recent comments on top to avoid scrolling to the bottom.
    – have some sort of hall of fame and hall of shame. For example your top 3 old school / wave / wakestyle… kites. Or kites(boards, bars…) with most reported issues etc…


  11. Hi David,
    Thanks for the compliments, really appreciated! And also very useful information. We have no direct contacts with Core, if anyone can help us out we would be very grateful.

  12. Hi, like many others I love the concept! Every single kite review on other platform always seems to find the reviewed kite is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s funny to see how the issues with a given kite/bar/board only come out in the review of the newer model fixes them.
    I’d love to see a review of the Core XR4, they seem to be gaining a lot of market share, people who ride them love them. I had a chance to try a 9m recently and compared with my TS it was like switching from a an edgy 4×4 to a BMW , powerful smooth and comfortable. Looked too good to be true so I’d love an unbiased opinion.

  13. Hi Todd,
    Could you help us out to whom you are referring? We don’t know about David Troup testing the Woo vs the Xensr.
    We did it, not David!
    Traceup is not collaborating and we haven’t got anybody with a Traceup around unfortunately.
    We Test Kites

  14. Hi,
    Thanks for your compliments!
    We have not scheduled a test with Blade. This is not that easy as they are not very active to participate. So we need to wait for an opportunity, sorry for now!
    We Tets Kites

  15. Finally!
    A place where one can read unbiased opinnion.
    Just found it and spend few hours on your site.
    Great work!
    And please put Blade kites on the tests! Especially the Trigger.


  16. Can you send me an e-mail? and I’ll reply longer when I get it?
    Thanks in advance!

  17. Thanks Dave. Good to know about it. I know Tarifa conditions, but still so far from me. Anyway, if you are someday coming near to Barcelona you’ll be wellcome 😉

  18. Hi Alex,
    Thanks for the compliment.
    We are located in Zandvoort the Netherlands. We can receive gear no problem; than we test them and make a review and send the supplier a concept to react.
    A point of attention is the costs of sending back. These costs are relatively high for us (since we are not an company). Sending them back anywhere in the Netherlands is less of a problem.
    We use all sizes, from 11 till 5m. We regularly get 30+ knots winds also, normally in autumn. This summer we already had about 15 days of winds above 35 knots. We prefer to test around 8 or 9m since those are best to compare.
    In winter time (November and March) we test kites in Tarifa, Spain. I suppose you know the conditions over there!?

    We Test Kites

  19. Hi guys, good initiative 🙂
    Just some questions that could help brands to contact and send their gear to you:
    Where are you located?
    How can a brand send their gear to you? Which is the process?
    Which sizes are the most used in your area?
    Thanks in advance 😉

  20. Good initiative! Just one thing, if you really want to look like independant, you should change the F-One Bandit8 picture on the background of each pages of your website…

  21. Ho Bas,
    We have had contact with the distributor (NL) of Naish. They won’t cooperate just jet (we probably need more power: likes/hits), but we are working on other possibilities soon.
    The Naish Ride 2015 is all ready offered by a kite school, so that one should work out pretty soon!
    Cheers and enjoy the windy spring.

    We Test Kites

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