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Naish Cult 9m – 2010

cult_2010This article is about the Naish Cult 2010 – 9m.


The Naish Cult 2010 is the 3rd generation of the Naish Cult and is with no doubt the best version so far! The Cult made revolution when it entered the market about three years ago with its sigma shape and geo-tech canopy. The plan with the sigma shape was to design a kite that didn’t deform when it was depowered and also to to move the centre of effort, the main pulling point of the kite, further back in the canopy to make a more stable foil. Sceptics claimed the kite wouldn’t stand the test of time, but three years on the Cult is still going strong and has never succumbed to the durability issues that others calimed it would. The first version was great, it had handling abilty in gusty conditions what was second to none, and last year the kite was just as good. This year we were keen to see what would change. Perhaps the most welcome difference is a much simpler bridle set up, similar to the system used on the Helix last year. The kite is also a little more arced in its shape, and its wingtips have been changed to echo the low drag design first seen on the 2009 Helix.


naish-cult-2010-barThe bar

Naish bars have always been a favourite of ours, always well finished and very well equipped. The Cult bar for 2010 comes with a smart bar loop and depower at the chicken loop similar to last years. As usual the chicken loop fits into the base of the bar so when you unhook it sits there ready for easy hooking back in. There is also a stopper on the chicken loop line, so you can easily stop the bar from disappearing up the centre line when you un-spin it for back loops, or adjust your foot straps. For total safety you can release the kite onto one line if you desire. The bar itself is adjustable so you get a 48-54cm bar all in one. Of course it is all finished in the usual polished style of Naish and oozes quality when you hold it in your hands.

In the air

Year 2010 the Cult has a much more developed C shape arc than before, and the difference this makes to the performance is quite stunning. the Cult always was a highly underrated kite in my opinion, often overlooked, but this year it takes it to the next level. It feels quite punchy in the air and eager to attack the edge of the window; perhaps a little less stable than last year, it would be hard to tell without flying them to directly back to back. But it certainly feels more powerful and faster through the air than last year. The turning this year is really direct, the new bridle means you get the kite to turn much more quicker when you input the steering into the bar than last year. You can really notice the difference and this is a very welcome development. The depower and gust handling is till very impressive, but the kite is definitely more aggresive than before, so you may find it needs more rider input in those gusty conditions rather than being able to park and forget it. Relaunching is still really easy, even though the new arc is more C shaped. The sigma leading edge is very easy to get it to roll over and back into the water.


Extremely stable canopy even in the gustiest of conditions, more powerful and direct in terms of steering than last year. Simpler bridle finishes off what is an excellent package. A great all round free ride machine, happy in a multitude of conditions and riding styles.


2009 the Cult was more of an entry level kite with superb performance capabilities, 2010 it is more of a performance go anywhere kite suited to free riders. Beginners might want to look to the new Charger for a more forgiving first time ride.


The 3rd generation Cult builds on the previous success and adds more performance and a shorter bridle, creating a very easy to fly go anywhere do anything machine!

2 Responses to “Naish Cult 9m – 2010”

  1. Peter says:

    Hi how much is a new bar for 2010 cult 9m and also the central lines please ?

  2. I savor, cause I found exactly what I used to be having a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

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