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Core XR8 LW kite

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Core XR8 LW kite

The XR8 LW unlocks great performance in light winds and impresses with a high level of riding comfort.

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Ultimate Light Wind Performance Meets Unparalleledriding Comfort
With its ultra stiff 5-strut-frame in Deltabow shape, you will glide early and achieve rich jumps with decent hang time even in the lower wind range. Its lightweight construction helps you go upwind easily, and its unparalleled flight stability, power, and control let you enjoy every session.

Thanks to the significantly stiffer ExoTex 2 material the kite's entire airframe has been fine-tuned and enables smaller leading edge and strut diameters which increase its upwind abilities. The CoreTex 2 canopy is both highly durable and has an extremely low stretch. These two features work together to give the canopy unparalleled flight stability, power, and control.Designed to perform and built to last, crafted with top-notch durability and strength in mind, the materials excel beyond their predecessors and industry standards. ExoTex 2 gives an 80% increase in tear resistance, while CoreTex 2 an impressive 300%. This ensures that the XR8 LW delivers first-class performance In every session.

Never miss a session again - try the new XR8 LW now!

Key Features:

  • New! Exotex® 2 leading edge. Stronger material. Stiffer air frame.
    The XR8 meets the Exotex 2 leading edge for the first time. This leading edge is stiffer and lighter than previous generations, and it also boasts an impressive 80% increase in tear resistance, making it more durable and reliable. Exotex 2 represents a thoughtful and advanced development in polyester weaving, through both the warp and weft. Through every inch of the XR8's air frame you'll find the use of ultra-strong yarns resulting in a tight woven structure that undergoes a unique heating and shrinking process.
  • Coretex 2® Triple Ripstop Canopy. Maximum Stability And Durability
    Combined with our highly refined CoreTex 2 canopy cloth, we've accelerated the development of light weight performance, dynamic handling, and core strength of the XR8. The significantly lighter canopy fabric features massively improved tear resistance, stiffness and durability. A new coating process aids stability in higher winds and jumps. Core Tex 2 sets the standard in breaking strength, tear resistance, longevity, UV protection, and elongation. Experience the tight, crisp, and signature feel that only a CoreTex kite delivers.
  • Exotex® Light Struts. Lighter Yet More Robust
    The ExoTex Light dacron incorporates a radial thread pattern and emulsion (protective coating) process that reduces mass by approximately 10%. While the new ultra resistant ExoTex 2 is used for the leading edge, the ExoTex Light struts improve the XR8's drifting and turning speed - making it perfect for freestylers and wave riders who value these key features.
  • 5 Strut Frame. This Kind Of Muscle Needs Five Struts
    The five-strut exoskeleton frame is a crucial component of the XR8 design, providing exceptional stability to manage the increased power generated by our Intelligent Arc system. This bombproof frame also significantly enhances the kite's performance in high wind conditions.
  • High Turning Speed. Loops Better Catches Earlier
    By reducing the diameter of both the leading edge and strut, we were able to achieve an optimal stiffness and twist ratio when controlling the kite. As a result, the XR8 kite has become much more agile and responsive, providing riders with a pronounced turning pleasure.
  • Core Intelligent Trim System. Your Xr8, Your Preferences
    The CORE INTELLIGENT TRIM SYSTEM (CIT) offers you three setting options to adjust your XR8 to your personal preferences and external conditions. Dare to experiment with it - it's worth it.
    1. Flight characteristics at the leading edge: In wave mode tight turning and more depower, in freestyle mode more constant pull and wider loops. Delivered in Allround mode, the XR combines the best of both worlds with its balanced trim.
    2. Turning characteristics at the tips: You can vary the steering forces and turning speed between "super easy - easy - medium" at the three loops on the tips.
    3. Backline Tension and kite feedback at the connection points: choose from three different knots to adjust the directness of your control impulses.
  • Delta Bow Shape. Lots Of Power And Depower
    The XR8 combines the concave trailing edge of a traditional bow kite and the swept-back wings of a delta kite. Our airfoil is engineered to rip upwind when underpowered, and boost bigger on demand to get you planning first! This latest design benefits from optimized wing profiles for maximum performance.
  • Intelligent Arc. Agile Precision Instrument
    The Intelligent Arc is a bridle configuration that modifies the airfoil on demand in a linear and direct way. Like a bird spreading its wings to generate more lift, the XR8 increases its wingspan with a pull on the bar. Likewise, sheeting out makes the kite fold in its wings and depower. The Intelligent Arc will help you rip upwind, extend your float time, and cushion landings seamlessly.
  • Short Bridle System. Short And Sweet
    The super-short bridle system enhances feedback, providing better insight into your kite's position. This effect becomes even more pronounced in larger kite sizes. Imagine having a kite that seems to anticipate your every move, almost as if it's hot-wired to your brain.
  • Instant relaunch. Won't let you down
    Instant relaunch that's really instant! The XR8 is designed to immediately drift into a perfect relaunch position when it hits the water. One quick tug on the bar and the XR8 launches itself effortlessly. Riders will appreciate how easily the kite releases from the water when time is of the essence and beginners will gain confidence knowing their kite will be flying in no time. Feel free to try some new moves, the XR8 has your back.
  • Ultralight wingtips less material. Faster turns.
    ExoTex 2 Dacron allows our engineers the freedom to design winatips with less dacron without compromising durability. Less material equals less swing weight. Less swing weight means faster turns.
  • Speed Pump System + Speed Valve 2. Air Manager With Maximum Air Flow
    Goodbye special hose adapters. The Speed Valve 2 easily connects to any standard twist lock pump hose, maximizing airflow, minimizing inflation times, and reducing pump effort. With optimal access points to the struts, the air distribution system works effectively and efficiently. This inflation/deflation system is so exceptional that you might not even need your electric pump anymore.
  • Grintex® patches. Core tough leading edge
    Anti-wear patches where you need them most. The extreme abrasion-resistant patches located on the leading edge segment seams and strut tips offer another layer of security against any potential beach hazards.
  • Sensor bar ready. Genius duo
    The XR8 is optimized for CORE's ultralight Sensor bar system. Together, they feature precise kite control, unbeatable safety features, and straightforward simplicity. Choose the new Sensor 3S Pro bar to unlock ultimate performance - trust us on this one.



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