Has anyone here ridden the 12M SST? I'm curious how it works as a big kite with regards to low end and general wind range.
I have an 8M and 10M SST and love them. At the time I purchased I shied away from the 12M because people were saying the Waves were sized small, but after several solid sessions on the kites, I found a lot of the early kite feedback to be bullshit. They are true to size. I was still under the impression they were smaller on a recent kite trip, so when most people were on 9M kites, I put up my 10M and had...a little more power, maybe too much. So, by the end of the week, as a lot of folks were odd sized kites, I found I could be on my 8 and 10 SSTs when they were on 9 and 11 kites. No issues.
I think the thing is the kites look a little smaller on the beach, BUT they are very deep. So, you get the canopy size you want in the sky.
I also found they jump just fine! Seemed to jump similar to an RPM, not the same glide as a Rally, but the height and all is fine. It is more of an up/down jump then the flight on a Rally. It wasn't lacking for anything. It's just a fun kite to fly.
Goes upwind just fine for me and I thought the drift was fun to play with in the ocean or the flats. You can really ride right at it. It loops nice and tight so you can also spin it one way or the other if you are in a situation where you need to ride at it for a long time (i.e. heading down a canal slick that is straight downwind of you.)
Stoked to hear SS is filling in the quiver with more sizes! Although, for right now I think I could get by with an 8/10/12.... so how is that 12 anyway?
This is one of those designs that I honestly can't see them changing anything for 2017. There is nothing on the kite that needs tweaked. Thus, my prediction is, "same platform, more sizes!"