Managed to ride one of these for a couple of hours on Sunday so I thought I'd write a few words.
First of all the bar system is excellent. Not being very tall (!) I sometimes struggle with the throw on some bars, but this system makes it very easy and quick to set the kite for hooked in or unhooked riding, and the grip is comfortable. I'm going to buy one of these anyway after using this one, it suited my riding style well.
I was using the kite in SLE mode and it still looked like a 'c'. After a couple of attempts at setting the 5th line and pigtails on the new 11m (eventually completely slack...just for relaunch I subsequently found out) the kite was ready.
The first thing I noticed was the bar pressure being slightly heavier than my Flexi firestorm12m, but nothing to concern even after 2 hours. The wind was about 15mph gusting to around 20mph, but on the whole it felt like the kite was in the lower part of the windrange for me at around 10 stone.
When the gusts came through, the kite felt smooth and you could tell that without pulling in the trimstrap the windrange is huge for this shape of kite. It all felt so easy. The transitions could be timed easily, even with one hand in a rotation you could feel the control was there.
Lift was good, but the kite really needed more wind for huge air, but I feel the potential was there.
My favourite thing about the kite was the pop. Unhooked downloop raileys were easy to control, with the kite turning reasonably quickly, it felt like the kite had grunt when unhooked and pulled me through the loops due to the way it turns, unlike bows or some flatter SLE's...and that's what I love about kiteboarding...being yanked around when I throw the kite..not spinning a kite and calling it a loop...I want to be pulled 50 yards downwind with my eyes watering as I hit the water..
The kite was also quite sensitive to line tension, the loops could be sped up or slowed down quite considerably by board edge pressure...it's just something that was noticeable, moreso than my other kites.
The kite was certainly very stable, so I didn't get a chance to relaunch it. You could tell where the kite was all the time, mainly due to the bar pressure I would think.
In all I enjoyed the session, even with the lighter winds, and I put some of it down to the versatility of the setup between the bar system and the Yarga making the most of the conditions...
I'd love to try the 9m in waves...