sledrat wrote:So lighter bar pressure than the original method and a little more stable at the edge of the window is what I'm reading? I remember those being 2 traits that were brought up here when the original kite came out. Sizing still the same as the first version?
I'm a teamrider so not entirely unbiased but here is my take.
I have thus far only flown the 9m. Yes the bar pressure is lighter than the V1, not what I'd call light (i.e. Element or Reo) but definitely lighter and personally I don't find it heavy, I'd say somewhere between the V1 and the current model Element. Turning pressure though is definitely down on what it was and it seams to me that it is faster turning also (kinda hard to put my finger on whether it really is that much faster or whether the lighter turning pressure is just tricking me into thinking I've given less input). I'd say it is also a little more direct that the V1 in the bar feeling and turning. WAY more stable especially on the edge of the window, maybe even give the element a run for it's money but the interesting thing is it has retained the good points of the V1 (I can't yet find a place where I preffer the V1) still has the powered turn still has the smooth power delivery through the bar stroke maybe even slightly smoother and still excellent upwind, drift is still good and maybe even slightly improved though it'd only be small. Relaunch doesn't feel much different to the V1 to me, very good.
But basically yeah if you tried the V1's and didn't like the bar pressure or the stability at the edge of the window but liked everything else then it'd be worth chasing up your local teamrider for a demo as it'll probably surprise you with the improvements.
I posted a review on the Switch forum which basically says the same it's herehttp://switchkites.com/headquarters/for
Hope thats some use to you