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2018 Core XR5

2018 Core XR5

CORE releases its latest generation of big air machines: the iconic XR5 and XR5 LW. Two kites that represent 10 years of iterative engineering excellence, a process that thoroughly tests each improvement without diminishing the XR’s character defining DNA.

In those 10 years, the XR has become a global bestseller and benchmark for performance freeriding. As a member of CORE’s Universal+ Series, the XR5 is designed to excel in many disciplines. To apply the term “allrounder,” though, simply doesn’t do it justice. Rather, it’s an allrounder with superpowers in power freeriding, a catch-all that includes massive hangtime and hooked-in freestyle wizardry.

As part of CORE’s Universal+ Series lineup, the XR5 has more elbow room to focus on its key strengths. “With the CORE Free serving the wave-allrounder market and the indomitable GTS4 the unhooked sector,” CORE chief, Bernie Hiss added, “it allowed us to crank up the XR5’s big air capability.” CORE’s product development team brought in former WOO big air world record holder Josh Emanuel to help make the XR5 what it is today. The South African who regularly jumps in excess of 25m worked tirelessly to fine-tune the kite’s incredible lift and hangtime. Frank Ilfrich, Head of R&D added, “Josh was instrumental in getting every last bit out of the new XR5. Key technologies like ExoTex raises the XR5’s performance to a whole new level.”

The XR5’s character-defining DNA is energized by the airframe’s exclusive use of ExoTex Ultra Rigid Dacron and a narrower leading edge. “I feel super confident jumping with my ExoTex equipped kite,” comments Josh “The XR5’s linear steering and depower delivers a stable, controllable hangtime like I’ve never imagined.”

Although CORE’s engineers amped up the kite’s big air talents, the legendary XR comfort and character remain intact. The new kite continues to be an excellent choice for kiters of all levels. For more info
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