The new Religion MK9 allows for a wider range of use both on the high and low end of the kite. Faster, better lift during jumps, outstanding drifting characteristics, easy relaunch and an enormous progressive de-power that will stop the kites' power, or power ups, exactly when you need it.
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As the first kite manufacturer to make a kitesurf specific kite, RRD knows a thing or two about wave kites. There are not many kites out there that can drift like the new Religion MK9, allowing you to ride the wave instead of being pulled by your kite. The new Religion MK9 is the epitome of the perfect kitesurfing kite.
The MK9 has undergone only minute changes compared to our most successful wave kite, the Religion MK8. The large sizes, 9m up to 12m, remain virtually the same while the smaller sizes, 8m down to 4m, have a revised leading edge and again the addition of a pulley. These changes on the smaller sizes allow the kite to self regulate in stronger conditions, which makes you hold on comfortable in stronger winds. Next to that it increases the wind range, and provides more hang time for those who still like to send it!
If speed is what you need, the MK9 is our fastest version yet! This significant boost in speed and performance position this kite into a more specific and focused wave catching machine. Unlike most fast turning surf kites on the market, the Religion MK9 still maintains that signature pull and power which helps to get in a few extra turns down the line.
With a new deep and long leading edge in the small sizes, the Religion MK9 now has more range and control in strong, gusty winds, more depower, and has also increased the kites upwind ability. The new shape not only improves the speed and reaction time but also allows you to kill the harness pressure when bottom turning and lining up for a big vertical turn on the wave or for more control during your strapless freestyle maneuvers.
An additional, notable feature added to the new MK9, per the request of our top performers in the strapless freestyle kitesurfing discipline, is the front line trim settings that can be found on the bridle. We have added a wave setting and a freestyle wave setting. The freestyle wave setting pulls less on the harness, has a more direct bar feeling, de-powers the kite more when needed, and forces the kite to fly more towards the edge of the window which creates more lift! The wave setting is more suited towards purely riding in the surf with less bar pressure and a kite that sits deeper in the wind window, maximizing the drift for when riding down the line.
Since its first introduction, this kite has transformed together with the evolution of riding waves with a kite.
Sizes: 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10.5 | 12
religion 9m in onshore waves, strapless.
Tested in unstable on-shore conditions (14/18 knots with 22knot gusts), chest wave height, strapless, 75Kg, average level.
The bag very different from other brands: first surprise come from the waterproff, plastic covered surface.. there is pro and cons: the pro is the versatility, it can be used (and is designed for this, thanks to a specific shape and zippers) to protect your car seat and/or unfit your wetsuit... But you need to be carefull if your kite is wet (water can't escape like in a classic fabric bag), this material is also heavier, and to finish, there is nothing on the bag to attach your bar and pump (never seen this on a kite bag... very surprising).
Overall, the bag is well build, with very strong plastic zippers that won't be stuck after one year like most others.
The kite very well build, with a simple, effective and incredibly strong design (full dacron frame). I decided to inflate it to 8psi (max recomanded is 10psi) and the kite was perfectly rigid.. Once in air, I was prepared to a very fast turning speed.. actually it was good but not better than my 9m north neo 2013. It require a little less pression on the bar to initiate a turn, but once in the turn, the radius is similar.. the neo feels a little more nervous, like a one meter smaller kite.
Power is very different from the neo: globally, this is a very powerfull kite, probably the same low end, but the pull is more horizontal, with less lift.. so if you want to cruise slowly (waiting for a set), it require a little more input/quick turns to keep the board floating, while the neo keep you above the water even with almost zero speed, pulling more when the kite is slowly moving between 11 and 12. Once the kite move (and it move faster than the neo), it generate a very strong power, quickly.. The turns are less powerfull than the neo, you can't quickly go out of water with just a quick stroke, the kite require a little more straight, fast lines to generate power, which is perfect once you are surfing a wave: no more pulled out of the wave at the bootom turns, thanks to the gentle power generated during the pull and the very light lift, you keep a way better control of your strapless board, making rollers and cutback incredibly easy compared to the neo. The only negative point during surfing is the weight of the kite: while it sure give better chance to survive a crash in big waves, you really feel this weight and the kite have a tendancy to backstall if going to fast downwind.. it happen very fast and the kite simply drop from the sky, like a stone... fortunately, in a very clean way, and usually recover back before reaching the water. Compared to the neo, it stall a lot sooner, but you can recover it, while the neo usually finish in water when this happens. I'm sure this only concern the 9m and bigger sizes on 15knot wind...
Globally, I totally understand the 100% wave reputation of this kite... The neo more versatile but if you want total control il the wave, the religion is just perfect.