How does the 9m one compare to the diablo? It doesn’t.
Its totally different, and since I’m a novice at the bow technique I can’t say yet if its a better kite yet, but man, it sure feels like the future when you can fly it one handed in 30 knots of wind.
The diablo is like a c-type on steroids with enough de-power to handle some gnarley stuff. Its great for 25kts and under, thats when I’m searching for as much power as I can get.
Over 25 knots, especially nearing gale force winds, I have always had problems with getting too much power and my kiting has always been about just surviving the conditions. Thats why I went for the 9m One.
I needed something that could calm things down, and allow me to carve up some of those steep waves that form at these wind speeds.
It seems to do that incredibly well. And the power is still there too, when I’m ready.
The One, its a free riders dream come true. I did the phase one mod on the bridle, and it turns as fast as I want it to right now. Fast enough to turn on a wingtip and loop, thats all I need for now until I get used to the lite bar pressure and develop some power stroke techniques.
I also added a 5th line,so the foil will lay flat on its back when I self land in the water. I terminated the 5th at the top of the de-power line with a ball to grab at. Seems to work great. These Seattle area launch spots can be too dangerous to come back on land to when its crankin and you are solo. So I’ve always dropped the kite in the water and sorted it out later when its too risky.