I have started kiting just recently (have been out maybe 10 times), right now, I am comfortable to go out on my own, riding both sides and upwind as well.
As rental prices are just crazy, I wanna buy my own kite before the "season" starts here in Hongkong.
I am looking for a kite which is
- good in light wind conditions (10knots) but with a large range for the typhoon days (don't want to buy another kite too soon)
- beginner friendly (stable, easy to launch, forgiving)
- easy to depower
- easy to ride upwind
- weight 180lbs
Obviously, too early to pick a style for me, but it wouldn't be freestyle
, but rather freeride.
I have two offers for a 2011 cab crossbow 13m and a 2010 slingshot rpm, at almost the same price (780 EUR vs 710 EUR), and after reading a lot of reviews, I am leaning towards the crossbow, even though the rpm seems to be a pretty great kite
any thoughts ?