Meet the new XR5 and experience the latest iteration in CORE performance. The kind of performance only achieved after a decade of incremental and innovative improvements. A process that thoroughly tests each iterative design change while retaining its character-defining DNA before moving on to the next. And in the end, building a power delta bow kite that unleashes pure freeride awesomeness.
As a member of the Universal+ series of kites, the XR5 is designed to perform in all conditions and disciplines. Like the gusty conditions typically found on big inland lakes. Or fast oceanfront beach breaks. A Universal+ Series kite is also designed to excel in one area, and for the XR5, it’s power freeriding, a catch-all that includes huuuge airtime and hooked-in freestyle mastery.
You’ll find the 5th generation XR delivers linear control in the gusts and power in the lulls for relaxed cruising, explosive boosts, and sublime wave riding. But don’t take our word, though, and decide for yourself. Experience the XR5’s chameleon-like ability to transform to any riding style.
THE XR5 IN DETAIL
5 STRUT FRAME
This kind of muscle needs five struts. The bombproof, five strut exoskeleton frame is a critical component in the XR5 design to stabilize the additional power created by our Intelligent Arc system. The struts feature new geometry and improved segment stitching that yields better strength, stiffness, and connection to the canopy without increasing its mass.
EXOTEX® ULTRA RIGID DACRON
The benchmark for performance Dacron. ExoTex Dacron incorporates a new thread structure and emulsion (protective coating) process that enables the XR5 to have a higher pressure airframe with a noticeably thinner leading edge and struts. ExoTex substantially increases tube strength and rigidity despite reducing diameters. No-stretch ExoTex improves airflow, flight stability, and rider feedback by eliminating leading edge seam bulging. Expect snappy turns. Explosive lift. And endless smiles on your new XR5.
CORETEX® TRIPLE RIPSTOP CANOPY
Exclusive to CORE. Our, industry leading, triple ripstop canopy fabric is protected and strengthened with three different coating processes called emulsions. CoreTex sets new benchmarks in breaking strength, tear resistance, longevity, UV protection and elongation. Feel the tight, crisp signature only a CoreTex kite delivers.
Intelligent Arc is a bridle configuration that modifies the airfoil on demand in a linear and direct way. Like a bird that spreads its wings to generate more lift, the XR5 increases its wingspan with a pull on the bar. Likewise, sheeting out makes the kite fold in its wings and depower. Intelligent Arc helps you rip upwind, extends your float time, and cushions your landings. We further opened up the XR5’s wing tips to maximize the effect.
SHORT BRIDLE SYSTEM
Short and sweet. The XR5 features improved locations for the leading edge bridle connections. The super short bridle system improves feedback so you can better feel your kite’s position. In the larger kite sizes, this reflexivity increases even more so. Just imagine a kite that practically anticipates every turn, as if it’s hot-wired to your brain.
CORE INTELLIGENT TRIM SYSTEM (CIT)
Kite speed and steering feel are a matter of choice. Your choice. With adjustable back line and front bridle connection points, our quick adjusting trim system gives you the freedom to customize your ride to suit your style. But don’t worry, the kite comes out of the bag ready to fly so you can play with the adjustments later.
SPEED VALVE 2
No special hose adapter needed here! The Speed Valve 2 connects directly to any standard 20mm OD twist lock pump hose. The Speed Valve 2 maximizes airflow, minimizes inflation times and noticeably reduces pump pressure. This inflation/deflation system is so good you may even leave your electric pump at home.
SPEED PUMP SYSTEM
Supersonic single point inflation. We improved the strut connection locations to make air flow even faster into the struts. And when you haven't kited in a few days, every second counts :)
Anti-wear patches where you need them. Extreme abrasion resistant patches on leading edge segment seams and strut attachment points give the XR5 another level of protection from perfectly placed beach hazards.
INSTANT AUTO RELAUNCH
Instant relaunch really is instant! The XR5 is designed to immediately drift into a perfect relaunch position when it hits the water. One quick tug on the bar and the XR5 launches itself effortlessly. Wave riders will appreciate how easily the kite releases from the water when time is of the essence. And beginners gain confidence knowing their kite will be flying in no time. So go ahead and try some new moves, you know your XR5 has your back.