tautologies wrote:I wouldn't mind testing the kite, but there are no places that sell Best on this island...
what i thought Best had covered the globe? the shame
i have flown the 11m waroo pro a lot and that kite is stable, thats the first word out of everyone mouth, stable
of course you can always take advantage of the 30 day Best kiting test period, you would of course be out the shipping cost
i know it works because, well, the 11m waroo pro was returned, yep, i returned it
and ordered the 07 waroos, got the 11 and 9 for the same money and threw in a 7m which arrived a couple of days ago
roll it out and you can see, the 07 waroos are constructed just like the pro, the only difference is the cuben fiber leading edge, they did not skimp on the 07 waroo
i even had a quick test run on a 07 9m waroo pro, yeah it was light but you can see right away that the kite, like the pro, has a much more stable canopy
the other thing i noticed this year, after trying some kites, is that the kite some people call super stable is the same kite i would call slow to react, its all in the adjective
if i may contrast the WP and 07 W, the stability on the WP just enourages you to go big and got out in more and more wind, and Kinsley Wong would just rave about the stability doing sbends and handle passes BUT.... i found the kite wanting when compared to the 06 waroo when wave riding, too stable
however, 10 seconds on the 07 W and yeehaa, as good or better than the 06 and yes more stable (how much more? don't know yet, give me a few weeks)
that either makes the 07 waroo an incredible deal or the pro a huge ripoff, it is all in the adjective
alas, i have not tried a boxer sle or seen one, Naish has zero presence at our beach
i did try the SB2 the other day and i imagine that kite to be somewhat similar to the box SLE. I think Naish calls it an all terrain kite? That is definitely the SB2. oh btw i liked it
but you can feel they compromise in one area, turning speed and it would seem to me this was on purpose considering the kites target audience - beginner/intermediates and wakestyle riders.
07 is shaping up as a great year for kites and it i don't think there will be any bad kites, but they will all have certain areas where they are better
last year in August if you wanted a performance depowerable kite, you were looking at the crossbow and had to change your riding style
this year, the landscape is entirely different and you have significant choices
good luck in finding your kite!