For several days me and my buddy BjÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸rn got to try a Waroo 20, Contra 17 & 14 and Xbow 16 with mod.
On normal TT boards the C. 17 was the best for light wind kite for me (105 kg)
But on a SS Glide the the Xbow 16 was so much better for everything even on low end.
For BjÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸rn (85 kg) No matter what board he used the Xbow 16 outperformed the other lightwind kites on everything. Jumping about 30% higher in all wind conditions compaired to his Contra 14.
On a fast board as the Glide no experienced rider under 250 lbs can possibly like the slow Contra 17 or waroo 20 over the Xbow 16 with mod.
Contra 17 has slower turning, stearing power needed is the same as xbow with mod, less upwind ability, less jumping and dont like riding in strong wind. And finaly they make me feel big fat and slow. And all this with the same low end. If you think about getting a Contra 17 or Waroo 20 dont, buy a Glide or Door in sted and a used Xbow 16.
Guttorm 105kg / 230 lbs