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Naish Boxer S25

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Created by Macster 9 months ago, 31 Dec 2020
Macster
VIC, 276 posts
31 Dec 2020 7:27PM
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I just bought an 8m and 11m Naish Boxer S25. Kiter of about 8 years, foiling for 4.

Current quiver is Ozone Enduros for twin tipping, Flysurfer Soul 8m and 12m for foiling.

Foil board is a fone pocket board with a moses 683s wing setup. Bought the Naishs to replace the Flysurfers for foiling. Some would say a strange move but my wife now foils too and isn't a fan of the foil kites plus I am starting to get into waves and I wanted an inflatable for that. Also, as my foiling has gotten better and more efficient i have only used my 12m Soul 2 x in 12 months.

The boxer can go up to 12 PSI which I tried out but not with ease on a normal kite pump. At that pressure it is almost impossible to bend the leading edge. You can literally pick it up from the wing tip on the beach and swing it up to launch.

I used my Ozone bar with the 8m Boxer. 23m lines. Pig tails are compatible.

Raised it up to 12pm in about 14-16 knots and grabbed the Y splitter on the front lines and wrenched it down about 1m. It dipped but rose straight back to 12. Did it a few times with no probs. My 8m Enduro would have probably fallen out of the air doing the same test. When I got offshore the wind picked up to high teens with gusts into the low 20s.

Out on the water I instantly loved the kite for 4 reasons:

1. The drift is awesome. I caught some swells and it it stayed with me. In fact, I actually let the go of the bar a few times and just rode the swell for a while with the kite obediently on autopilot drifting along at 11am happily for about 50 -80m. The drift is not quite as good as the Soul but it ain't far off.

2. The bar control is amazing. Sheet out for instant depower, yes I know all kites have this function, but the Boxer is really depowered when sheeted out. I like that you can still steer the kite when fully sheeted out unlike many foil kites. Pull it all the way in for a pivotal loop with virtually no power, great if you finally catch up with the kite and need to get some slack out of the lines. Let the bar half out and the loops are a pretty consistent pull the whole way through. It doesn't have the pull of an 8m Soul loop by any stretch, that kite would have ripped me off my board in today's wind and sent me downwind 20m.

3. Minimal flutter for a single kite or when compared to a 3 strut for that matter. I hate riding along or pulling a kite through the wind window after a transition and watching and hearing and feeling the canopy flap away. In the single strut range I have tried the Alpha, Solo, Mono and fone and they all flapped more than this one. I must say, the Soul conquers all in this department however. It is so smooth and a pleasure to fly in this regard.
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4. Relaunch. At 12 PSI leading edge down, directly downwind, I grabbed a handful of steering line and the kite just stood up on its wing tip. No bending of the leading edge and sluggish drifting to the edge of the window, it just pivoted and shot up. I read that there's mesh in the wing tips too to let the water drain on water launching. In 18 knots any kite was gonna launch today but the stiff leading edge was a definite advantage.

What I didnt like:

1. There were a lot of threads hanging off the kites stitching that hadn't been cut off. I can do it myself but why should I have to? Spend 2 more minutes at the factory and take a bit more pride in the finished product...

2. The Naish bar is crap so im using my Ozone bar. Not really anything to do with the kite...

3. Its the least fluttering single strut I have tried, but it still flutters. To be fair, I was at the upper limit of this kites range in high teens. I reckon I could have got away with a 5m in 18-20 knots.

4. It's got that high pressure SUP valve. The first time I pumped it and removed the hose it didn't lock and lost all my air. It didn't do it the second time but I find these valves a bit figedty.

snalberski
WA, 795 posts
1 Jan 2021 12:31PM
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I likey

Falco
102 posts
1 Jan 2021 3:52PM
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The naish bar is really deceptive it looks crap but works really well, give it a try it will surprise you how well it works. I thought the same but love my naish bar

Macster
VIC, 276 posts
3 Jan 2021 7:10AM
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Falco said..
The naish bar is really deceptive it looks crap but works really well, give it a try it will surprise you how well it works. I thought the same but love my naish bar


Fair enough, it flies well on my ozone bar so I'll just use that.

lucy5
QLD, 87 posts
3 Jan 2021 10:19AM
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Macster said..

Falco said..
The naish bar is really deceptive it looks crap but works really well, give it a try it will surprise you how well it works. I thought the same but love my naish bar



Fair enough, it flies well on my ozone bar so I'll just use that.


Agree naish bars average

Falco
102 posts
3 Jan 2021 7:55PM
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lucy5 said..

Macster said..


Falco said..
The naish bar is really deceptive it looks crap but works really well, give it a try it will surprise you how well it works. I thought the same but love my naish bar




Fair enough, it flies well on my ozone bar so I'll just use that.



Agree naish bars average


Yeah they do appear that way but they do work really well when you have used it, so far a massive upgrade compared to a trust bar lol

riddim1
QLD, 139 posts
27 Feb 2021 3:14PM
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Does anyone have any practical feedback on the S25 Boxer in the smaller sizes 4-6m etc. Currently running a 5m in the 19/20 model. Any differences, pros, cons etc.



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