Cabrinha Crossbow (2012) Hot
The Crossbow has written the book on modern day kiteboarding. The Crossbow is unequalled as the kite which has contributed more to the sport than any other kite. And in 2012 it continues to define itself as the leader in performance and efficiency. The Crossbow's Bow kite platform is the basis of its incredible range and unmatched efficiency. This keeps the Crossbow on the podium at race events. It also makes it incredibly easy for a recreational rider to experience the precise power of a thoroughbred racing machine. The Crossbow's defining features are its smooth powerband and its incredible hangtime.
Last updated: January 15, 2014
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Cabrinha Crossbow 13m - Great Light Wind Kite
I have had the opportunity to test the Cabrinha Crossbow now in multiple environments. Overall, I have found the kite to be very versatile. It is a very well constructed kite and performs well in a wide range of conditions. It is now one of my "go to" low wind kites. I have noted the following characteristics about this kite:
Performance - Once again a great light wind kite. I recently did a downwinder with a friend in Hatteras. The wind was light and a little flucky. The wind was 13-15 knots, with more significant lulls. I was flying the 13m Crossbow and buddy was flying a new 14m kite. The 13 managed to hang in the air better during the lulls. At one point, it did fall out of the sky and it took some time to get back in the air, but still managed to get me home. I have flown the kite on more steady days and have been really impressed. This kite will launch you for some BIG AIR and you feel like you are sitting up there forever. Because of the size and build it is not as responsive as some other kites, but overall nice feel. One other thing that I have noted about the kite is that it will head upwind very well. In the right steady wind conditions, I have done "upwinders" with this kite and traveled to secluded spots.
Build Quality - No complaints here. This is a sturdy well-built kite. It holds up extremely well. I have put it through some tough conditions and dropped it in a few places it should not be dropped (marshes, etc.) I have never damaged the kite. The kite is easy to pump up using Sprint inflation and single valve. I have tomahawked it hard many times and never had a problem.
Control Bar - I have read many reviews about the control bar and how light the pressure is. I generally agree; however, I have had this kite out in big winds (when winds have come up) and have found the bar pressure to be pretty hard - even when kite is de-powered. Other than this, I like the bar and safety features.
Relauch - Generally easy relaunch even in light winds. Once again, I have had it in heavy winds as well and it can take a good amount of bar pressure to get the kite up on the edge - really this is just an issue when over-powered.
Overall, I would recommend this kite to someone looking for a good low wind kite that handles well in a wide range of conditions. Cahbrinha is an industry leader for a reason. The continue to make top of the line products that perform well.
- Light Wind
Average user rating from: 2 user(s)
Crossbow great in light wind
Used the 13m Crossbow down at Anne's beach in Florida Keys (Islamorada) over the holidays. I was really impressed with this kite in light wind. I have been flying best kites generally and am a big fan, but I have to say that the 13m Crossbow is hard to beat in light wind. I was able to work upwind well even in light wind (14 to 15 mph) and still able to get some air. The kite was responsive and able to get good hangtime. The kite does seem to move a little slower the the Best kites I am used to, but overall really enjoying this kite.
- Light Wind
I got a chance to demo the 2012 Cab Crossbow 16m yesterday during a demo event here. Flew it in pretty steady 15 - 20 mph winds and knee high surf. I weigh 230+ lbs and normally do downwinders in surf. I normally fly an 08 Best Bularoo 16. The Crossbow is a high aspect ratio kite, in the air it looked to be considerably bigger than my Bularoo although area wise they are the same. Sort of reminded me of what my North Rhinos looked like.
I've never been a fan of the Cabrinha bar set up and the 2011 is no exception. They cleaned up the chicken loop and rigging, that's an improvement over their earlier bars, but the bar ends are huge with tons of padding. If you tend you get hit with the bar you'll probably love this new one, but I thought it was bulky and ugly.
First thing I noticed was how much slower the kite turns than what I'm used to, a lot slower. I'd say it turned even slower than my Waroo 20m. That was disappointing. I pulled a couple jumps and found the Crossbow to deliver very smooth and very floaty jumps.
The depower strap's range was pretty tiny, which surprised me, but the long throw of the center line seemed to make up for it. I should note that a couple other guys flew the kite, some as light as 170 lbs, with no problems in the same wind that I (230 lbs) did. We all flew the kite fully depowered. This kite had no shortage of power for any of us.
Upwind ability of the kite is at least as good or better than my Bularoo, but I don't go upwind much any more so it's harder to judge. I also noticed that the kite had a more pronounced tendency to want to drop towards the horizon than my Bularoo. I had to keep more pressure on the bar to keep it where I wanted it.
Overall, I'd say this kite was obviously not designed for wave riding. If you want a stable kite with tons of power, good upwind ability, and very good lift/float for jumps, give this kite a try. For wave riding I'd give this kite a thumbs down, just too slow to turn and just not as predictable as I'd like. Although I didn't like the bar, if you do a ton a tricks and worry about the bar hitting you, the new Cabrinha bar is probably what you're looking for.