[quote author=“pdx”]Evan, John & company,
Is the new 12m the same build as the 14 and 16 (a bit lighter)? I have a 9m, and am thinking of the 12 or 14. Im 83kg, but I have a ultra light wind board and Im now keen on the new 12m One.
PDX - Here’s the break down:
* All the 07 Ones have a new bridle design now available as a re-fit to our 06 One kites. This bridle change makes a huge difference with the 16, a big difference with the 12, moderate with the 9 and 7’s from 06.
* The 7 and 9m Ones are built exactly the same as the 06 version (in terms of construction, very slight design changes beyond the bridle are also incorperated) The 12m is built exactly the same but features much lighter weight bladders. The 14 and 16m One kites have these same lighter bladders but also feature a more sparing use of Dacron reinforcments and materials. It should be noted that in no way are these kites of less superior construction. We simply modified the construction to recognize that in light winds you are less likely to face super gnarly conditions that warrant the bomp proof construction used in the smaller sizes.
* Finally, it should also be mentioned - once again - that our One kites are the flattest kites on the market. This design translates to a much better lower end power and makes the 9m pull like a traditional 11m, the 12 like a traditional 14, etc. So, PDX, you say you have a great light wind board. You are likely to be able to get by with the 12m as a result. However, if you do have an 06 9m I personally would suggest you look to get the bridle mod kit for it and buy the new 14m 07 as a perfect 2 kite quiver!
John Z - OR