2013 Griffin Argo Kitesurf Kite $750
2013 Griffin Argo Kitesurf Kite
The 2013 Argo is a medium-low aspect kite designed for super stability with auto relaunch, excellent for waves and light to strong winds. With even more wind range and unbeatable upwind performance. The Argo is the most tunable kite available giving riders the ability to make the kite suit their rider level and style. If you have tennis elbow, this kite can have the lightest bar pressure available, if you like strong bar pressure with plenty of feeling and punch, this is also the kite for you, if you like medium or medium light bar pressure without losing turning speed this is also the kite for you.
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The Griffin Argo Kitesurf Kite is Very Adjustable
The Argo is the most adjustable kite ever designed. Our goal was to design a kite you can tune to suit your preferences, but be simple enough to use out of the bag without any fussing around. The Argo gives the best performance from learning to advanced, wave riding and free riding. The Argo comes with default setting in green which will suit most riders..
Of all the kites we have tested we find the 2013 Griffin Argo to be the best beginner kitesurfing kite out there.? Its got rock-solid stability, effortless re-launch and all the same features and quality of the more expensive kites? This is the one kite every beginner weve given it so feels comfortable with immediately. Its predictable nature give the Argo a real set it and forget it feel that instantly builds the confidence that helps beginners progress fast.? Why else do we love the Griffin Argo Kite?
- Rock Solid Stable
- Auto-Launch and ReLaunch
- Amazing Power and Grunt
- Massive Depower
- Powered Pivotal Turns
- Bomproof Construction
- Strong Boost with Softer Landings
- Unmatched Adjustability and Settings
- Unbeatable Upwind Performance and Wind Range
The leading edge has been curved to allow the kite to easily turn onto its side for easy auto relaunch. For beginners and schools using the Argo we have found students and beginners progress many times faster because the kite will often turn on its side and wait in the edge of the wind window unpowered ready for the rider to relaunch the kite.
The Argo has the greatest stability and is easier to control in all wind conditions with much less chance of overflying the kite above your head or the kite falling from the sky because of its low aspect design. A low aspect design also gives better light wind performance and grunt, stability and float.
The bridle has been designed to give maximum depower and full bridle support if the bar is let all the way out. This is great for beginners as letting go of the bar or depowering the bar can quickly depower the kite by 99% without having to pull a depower strap. The Argo is also excellent for riding in the surf because of the light wind grunt as well as the total depower available when on a wave and the fast turning speed. You can kite loop without being pulled of your board when depowered and power up when needed.
Amazing Power and Grunt
With the lower aspect design, the kite generates a lot more power and turning for its size, as an example the 13.5m Argo has the same grunt and pull as a typical older 16m bow kite, but turns like a 12m bow kite and de-powers more than most 12m bow kites. Having a light wind kite that you can kite loop and throw around in the waves is a better options than a large 16m slow turner. We have riders using the Argo 13.5 in 8 to 10 knots. Feedback from riders is they are going upwind on 9m while others on 10m, 11m, + kites are struggling in the lighter winds.
Boost and Turning
The Argo is excellent for jumping. The low AR design makes jumps floaty and landings soft. You can jump higher in lighter winds and land softer. The adjustable turning speed can be set from slow, med, to fast which is great for the pivot turns needed for wave riding.
We designed the profile of the Argo to have the best upwind performance possible in light, normal and strong winds.
The All New 2013 Griffin Performance BarGriffin Kiteboarding has updated their bar for 2011 with a new push away release amongst many other changes.? The new chicken loop and release setup is a welcome upgrade, now using a metal Ronstan racing cleat and a push away sheath around the cleat.? Safety is through the bar attaching to a stainless ring inside the chicken loop, when releasing the safety you can configure the bar to a single flag out line or dual front line.
Griffin 2013 Chicken LoopThe main difference for 2013 is the new Chicken Loop which has a range of nice updates. From the start it is now a push away style release which you can use with either your left or right hand.? In the middle of the sheath theres a new Ronstan metal racing cleat, the reason for metal is simple, over time plastic cleats weaken and separate under load allowing the depower line to slip. The next upgrade is a new through the bar and through the loop safety attachment, you no longer attach to the depower rope instead you attach to a metal ring inside the chicken loop.? Last of all the chicken loop is auto orientating, so when you unhook it will click in to place in the bar to make it easy to hook back in.
Wind Range and Sizing
The Argo is available in 7m 9m 10m 12m and 14m.Because lower aspect kites have a lot more grunt we found that:
- 14m Argo has the almost the same power as the 16m from other brands and turns + depowers more than a 12m or less bow kite
- 12m Argo has the power of a 13m or 14m from other brands and turns like a 10m
- 10m Argo has the power of a 12 from other brands and turns like a 9m
- 9m Argo has the power of a 10m from other brands and turns like a 8m
- 7m Argo has the power of a 8.5 and turns like a 6m
Wind range depends on the settings and the weight of the rider and board sizes.
14m 8 to 20 knots. On a surf board 200-215lb you can get going in 11+ knots to 19 is its ideal wind range, you can hold up to 23+ knots if you want to. The 14 Argo has the power of most 16m kites and some 18m kites but feels like your riding a fast 12m kite. Heavy riders are putting away their slow turning 16m kites for a Argo 14. For a light wind kite or a large persons kite the Argo 14 is an excellent choice.With a light wind board and 30m lines riders are using the 14 in 8+ knots.
12m 12,13 up to 26knots comfortably, This is a great all round sub 27 knot kite. Plenty of grunt similar to a 13m bow kite but feels like your flying a fast 10m kite. It is a good?heavy riders 190-240lbs all round kite 14 to 29 knots. Its fast enough to do kite loops and powerful enough to be a lighter persons light wind kite
10m 13,14 to 29 knots This is most kiters 175-190lbs all round 1 quiver kite. Just the right size to rip up the waves and the right amount of power and depower to handle the best wind conditions 13-14 to 28 knots.
9m 14,16 to 30 knots. The 9m is a great lighter persons kite. For under 155lbs riders this is often the largest kite they need as it has the power of most 10.5m kites with massive depower but feels like your flying a 8m kite. For most 175-190lbs riders the 9m is a good stronger wind kite 18 to 28 knots. Best not to use over 35 knots.
7m 16,17 to 33 knots. The Argo 7m is a good lighter persons kite under 175lbs in medium to strong winds or teaching and learning kite. Being a medium-lower aspect grunty kite the 7m generates a lot of power.Please note that a low aspect kite like the Argo performs excellently in light to medium-strong winds ( ideally 9 to 30 knots ) and offer better light wind grunt, better stability, easier relaunch and plenty of depower. Low aspect kites are not the best very strong wind ( 40+ knots ).
One Kite Quiver
200lbs and more = 12m Argo
175lbs rider = 10m Argo
155lbs and less = 9m Argo