I was just gonna come on here and talk up this kite when I log on and see this post.
I think the production kites are shipping at the moment. There are a few of them out there. I’m lucky enough to have a 14 and have had enough time on it to really start to know and appreciate it. So far I’m all good with relaunch but haven’t had to solo launch it. I’m sure it’s simple enough but I’m spoiled by super easy 4line hybrid self launching. Love it enough that I know I am fine with any 5th line skills I have to pick up. The 14 is a perfect big kite for me. I’m 180 at most and ride a pretty big board with a lot of rocker (139x42). Once there is enough wind to have any fun with kites I’m powered and churning upwind in super chop. I like that it pulls nice and grunty when I’m just cruisin along slowly and then totally kicks in when you up the board speed. Like a nice torqey low gear and then tons of horse power once you move. No real panicky moments with it yet. It depowers plenty enough and is smooth in gusts. Bar pressure is more than the rise, but not by a lot. I don’t have a stock bar yet, and my depower line is a touch long on this set up so I end up holding the bar a lot instead of riding against the knot, which I know I’ll do a fair bit of once its on its proper bar. It does’t need a long depower line at all. I’m pretty sure I’ll have somewhere around 10 inch, which keeps everything nice and comfy. I think if you muscle the 14m all the time your gonna feel it in the arms. Took me a couple sessions to clue into being lighter on the bar and Once you dial that in, its no problem to pull a marathon. The kite is exactly what you want unhooked. Totally consistent and predictable. Really nice for carving unhooked transitions with smooth POWER all the way through. Unhooks from literally anywhere on the strap just fine, and it’s simple to get trimmed right. The kite is beyond stall resistant and approaching stall proof! In size 14 its an easy kite to downloop as long as you have it a couple feet more than a kite width from the water. Don’t think I’ll loop it much, but in better hands I’m sure it can do it just fine. I’ll wait until I’m underdone on the 10m for that kind of stuff. Turns with all its power around the wingtip, and is a nice fast kite to work for a 14m. Compared to working a 12m rise, it is slower, but the extra torque makes up for it. You pretty much start working both kites at the same threshold. So far I’ve had no issues staying upwind when I have to work it and I’ve only had it on 20m lines. Once parked you rip upwind. Haven’t really delved into its big air skills yet. Been too preoccupied with low level stuff and love that its made unhooked grabs a reality. Water is super cold still which limits what I try to the likely landable, but I’m looking forward to warmer riding when its more comfy to huck the things your just getting into. I wont waste time commenting on construction suffice as to say that it’s simply killer. A bomber, simple, and beautiful piece of work. Cant wait to get the 10.
P.S. A bunch of the local crew suffered a 40-60+ min swim in 5 degree water yesterday as it flicked offshore. My pyro pro saved my life. Slow enough swimming that it totally re arranged my thoughts on the bulkier Lucifer drysuit design! Keep it tight! Your’s is a killer design. Thank you.