Apex 4 (IV) 2013 Snowkite $675
2013 HQ Apex Snowkite
Introducing the newly designed HQ Apex IV depower kite. If you are looking for a fantasic work-horse traction kite, this kite has you covered. This kite is amazing in snow but also excels at landboarding and kite buggying. A step up from the HQ Beamer, the HQ Apex IV provides real ease of depower to take your power kiting to the next level.
Bottom line: The Apex is the perfect entry level depower kite. We say “entry level” because it is the most affordable depower kite available anywhere. It is a stable power that will get you where you want to go. This year HQ has refined the Apex Kiteskiing Kite to provide an outstanding level of performance and handling included in a very affordable package. Beginners will feel comfortable with the kite’s reliable and stable flight characteristics, whilst the kite delivering ample power for the more seasoned kiters.
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The HQ Apex Snowkiting Kite
Uses the double-pulley speed system to increase the turn speed and the bar will come standard with HQ’s push-away chicken loop. The Apex IV will now be available in 3.5m, 5.5m, 8 and 11m and each size will offer more acceleration than the previous model.
So what’s new?
The new 2013 Apex IV provides perfectly balanced flying characteristics. An innovative winglet design reduces bridling, increases turning speed and provides more power than before. It has never been so easy to climb mountains.
The Apex IV features:
- More progressive power. But retains its legendary stability and user-friendliness.
- 30 percent less bridle.
- Winglet technology to reduce drag and speed up turns.
- Upgraded bar (Montana bar).
- New sizing.
- Improved, highest quality dyneema flying lines.
This year the Apex IV has incorporated a more of a closed-cell type design which increases the stability of the kite. It is still a beginner friendly kite, but offers some advanced features of much more expensive kites too. This kite has been 2 years in the making and everything is changed over the previous model.
This year’s HQ Apex kiteskiing kite has an improved shaped and profile which gives a wider depower range and quicker turning speed without sacrificing stability. The Apex is the ideal kite for snow kiting in the back-country or for cruising with a landboard.
Our Review of the 2013 HQ Apex IV
Our initial impression is that this kite feels like a much more expensive kite. quality of the lines, backpack are really superb. The bar has an easy to reach strap for the depower adjustment.The kite itself is sturdy and well stitched.
The Apex IV launches effortlessly in light winds by just tugging the center line. We also had no trouble with the reverse launch in both light and moderate winds (we didn’t have a high wind day to try it but assume it would be the same or easier).
In the air the kite feels grunty and confident. The kite feels a bit smaller than it’s respective size whether 5,7 or 10 meter as it turns quick and steers true with the bar. The depower works as it should, just slide it away from you and the power drops down fast. A very responsive kite and has become our
go-to kite for skiing the backcountry, piloting a buggy or landboarding.
What we really like about this kite is that it is stable. No unpredictable lifts or sketchy behavior. It’s direct, solid and does what it should. Though we were able to get some nice lofty airs in +20knots. It sits back in the window and a bit better behaved than the HQ Montana (which is superb for those needing more advanced performance and lift in their jumps). We also found the HQ Apex forgiving on landings as it floated us slowly back to the ground.
- New shape for more performance and depower
- Very stable and easy to handle
- Good turning speed
- Wide usable wind range
- High quality contruction
- Stitched dyneema bridle for strength
- 270kg (595 lb) coloured Dyneema flying lines
- Incl. Depower control bar, backpack and guide book
To sum up, we found the Apex to be an excellent value for the money. Coming close to the performance off the more expensive kites with an added stability factor we liked. One of the best reviews we’ve done. We highly recommend this kite to all put competition level kiters.