I have the 10/12/16 Raven 3's (&waiting for the 19) - so far have had two sessions on the 10 & one on the 16.
I've used the 10 in about 30knots on both occassions: first the kite feels super smooth - it was squaly when I have used it and it coped really well & only had to use D-de-power once when it got really knarly and it is great to be able to dump the power so effectively when you have to.
In the past I was using a 12m s/w in 30knots plus - but the 10 R3 feels smoother in the air - difficult to describe but the turning, trim & general riding feel in the words of Borat... feel verry niice.
The kite will boost as high as the s/w in normal use and with a bit more time on the kite maybe higher (the s/w depower can result in huge air but not necassarily controlable), whereas the R3 10m is super controllable in the air.... you instinctively know what the kite is doing and it provides far more confidence and super smooth landings even from very high jumps.
The waveriding unhooked is surprising, even though in 30knots I was riding without any depower, so when I went to pull to tack strap right down, I unhooked and there was hardly any power, so mt advise is go easy on trimming for unhooked stuff. Once re-trimmed and un-hooked on the wave, riding was nice, the kite felt positive, sweet turning and as much as I would want. Others will say that brand X is better for this that & other, but overall the R3 ticks the boxes.
The tack-strap works incredibly well to depower, but when powering up be warned that it will go to full power immediately & as yet I havent found a way to release the tack strap pogressively. When the tack strap is put from full depower to full power the big adjustment to the trim can almost drop the kite out of the sky - but this was in gusty conditions.
The D-de-power works well for safety and gives you more confidence - just remember the kite has a huge depower on the tack-strap and to use the D-de-power you have to stretch out a bit to engage it. But, its such a safe system, it is worth having when things get too much.
The QRL/chicken loop line feels too long by 2 inches or so, but Ive been told that altering the length involves an adjustment to the D-de-power, so for the time being I'm going to leave it and get used to the kite as it is.
Again overall, super smooth, powerful (somewhere between an X4 & Raven 1), depower of an X3, but low end grunt/get you going of an X2, with turning off the scale and more like a Torch. So I think they got it right