14M Bolt has been my light wind kite for a few years now, and it turns quite fast, but it is heavy w/ 5 Struts….Its got a few tears & repairs, and Im wondering if I should scoop up a second generation FLy currently on sale.. or should I hold out and simply replace w a 14M Ride? Both are two Struts, and Light…And I think my other smaller rides are some of the best kites I have flown & owned. That said, I owned a 14 Park for a few sessions and thought it was horribly slow…immediately sold it. Naish references PArk like qualities in the FLY? I have concerns about the Fly pulling downwind… more so than a Ride 14M….Is that really corrected in Gen2? I weigh 165, and summer winds are typically light here, so the 14 or 15 is my go to. Anyone ridden a 14m Ride & 15M Fly Gen2? Any thoughts appreciated. TIA.
Update. I re-read you post. I think the ride 14 is a better kite for you because it is light, fast and powerful.....it might not be as powerful as the fly, but it seems you are pretty light so I think the Ride will be better. I don't think the fly pulls more down wind, but it might feel that way because it is so powerful. I think the park like qualities is more how it jumps and sit when you jump.
I was in almost the exact same boat you are. I fly parks and was looking for a light wind option as well, ( bigger than my 12) and ended up scooping up a second gen fly. I havent ridden a ride but i flew cults before the parks. I can say that so far I am very happy. I feel asthough my parks turn very quick. This feels similar to the park but slower turning obviously and tons of power. Big floaty jumps,very solid in the sky. It just sits... Down loops just like the park. It does not upwind as well as my 12, but I've only had two sessions on it so far. Anyway we are the exact same weight, I think both options would work well, you need to decide what is more important... Faster turning or a little more power. Both will have more low end than your bolt. You sound like turning is more important. I'm thinking ride?
Thanks for the intel, much appreciated. Im a big Fan of the Rides for their ease of use, relaunch, and simplicity. I wasn't really considering other brands as I rode a zephyr and wasn't super impressed, a friend Best seems powerful, but I have 4 naish bars and am comfortable w/ the safeties etc… 14 Has basically always gotten it done for me, though typical summer winds are 12/14 mph, sea breeze….decisions decisions, anyway thank you again for the thoughts.