I'm a fan of REOs V4. Really good kites for wave. I own 5m, 7m and 9m V4. 8m and 10m V3. My quiver are basically all Ozone.
But Ozone did terrible with the 5m. For me it was obvious that the ratio wasn't properly made in order to keep the performance of the bigger brothers.
The kite is extremely fast but back stall too early with some pressure on the bar. It's the only size this happens. It feels very unbalanced, having too much power or too less, steering too fast or not steering. It's hard to find a wind condition that match the kite. I tried and tried but cannot like this kite.
When I ride my old cabrinha 2012 5.5m, what a performance compared to this shitty small Reo.
Very disappointed. Looks like they made a small 7m without any adjustments for the small size.
My V4 5m was purchased in 2017, no repairs.
Selling it right now. Hope there's BIG changes for the V5 versions. Also hope they use x4 Teijin and a better inflating valves schemes.
Exactly my observation.
I have the 5/7 V4 and had the 5/7/10 V3.
The 7 V4 is a dream
But the 5 V4 is useless for me. Either too much power or no power delivery, hardly anything in between. Sold the 5 quickly after some tries.
Unfortunately I had sold the 5 V3 before I received the V4.
Still looking for a substitute for the 10 m V3.
North Mono is not it
Im using Reo v4 in 9, 6 and 4 meters .I use all these kites with 15 m lines and 50 cm wide bar, in all wind conditions above 20 kts.
4 meter kite i use it when its well above 35 kts and having maximum fun aproaching 45-55 kts, when water dust start to fly around.I can just say that i realy like these kite size. Maybe you need to try them on shorter lines in stron winds.To use these kites with more than 15 m lines is simply a nonsense, from my experience.
I have a 2015 ( I think) Reo 5m and had it out once on my hydrofoil. I had same experience, and was thinking I need more skills at flying such a small kite. But the behaviour you describe is exactly what I experienced....
I've had small kites with a tendency to backstall on the normal bar. Can be worse and more noticable on a small kite for example if your rear bar lines have shortened. I found putting a small pigtail to extend the rear attachment did well.
Shorter lines and also shorter bar may make a difference, as might using the hard steering setting might also help.