WestCoastkiter wrote:Sorry for not being specific. I think they perform very well, but they really suck as far as power goes. For Len10 they work great because he's about 100lbs. with a wet suit on. I'm 190 lbs dry and could barely get going in 17mph with a 15m fuel. I was a C kiter till this year, and I still have and like them, but I tried a 12m SWII which flies like a C kite and was fully powered at 17mph.
I like slingshot construction and the smooth handling, but till they get some low end I have to give the fuel a thumbs down. hopefully they addressed that problem this year
Sorry for taking so long to respond. I was busy on vacation in Cumbuco, Brasil.
Well, to each his own on what you like (we clearly don't agree on the Fuels), but a blanket statement like you can't get going in 17mph wind is just wrong. I don't know your riding style or what board you were on. I'm 180-185 lbs. (depending how much turkey I've eaten) and 17mph is fun time for me on the 15M and 17M '06 Fuels! It is known that the '06 Fuels have slightly less low end than the '05 Fuels did...I think they made them higher aspect. Thought being, I suppose, that any difference would be made up by the faster turning speed and they focused on the higher end. Personally, I'd like a little more low end. I looked at my 17M '06 next to a Machine 17.5 and there looked to be a lot more than .5M of extra sail there!
Case in point, take a 12M Crossbow and put it up next to a typical 13M C kite...that 12M bow is HUGE in comparison. Guess I got off on a tangent, but the point is the actual size on the kite is really only good to relate different sizes in the same model and year. Brand to brand and year to year, it all changes.
In any event...as a personal preference its certainly fine to choose bows over C kites...heck, I lot of people have. BUT, that '06 Fuel really is a nice performing C kite.
Hope you had a great time in Brazil. I'm sure you did! That's one of the places I want to hit some day...