Man it's been a while since I've posted on here. It's expensive to kiteboard when you don't run a kite shop anymore.
So since leaving XLKites I had to get a new kite quiver since I had sold my personal kites years ago. Thankfully I still have my boards. So looking around and talking with guys in the industry I was talked into the new Flite 10m site unseen.
I've had 3 sessions with it, ranging from 14mph to 25. I weight 145lbs and have been using larger boards since that is all I have atm.
I must say I am very pleased with this kite, so the guys from Ocean Rodeo continue to impress me. This kite has an amazing range to it. Yesterday the wind lulled out to around 14mph and I was still practicing front rolls and hand rake backrolls. At 25 I was boosting just as big as anyone else apart from the 220lb guy on a 13m Velocity (still love the velocitys for just pure boosting!). I have yet to have to depower the kite, so I am very curious to see this kite boost in the top end. Jumps are floaty and fun, I've had fun doing a full extensions deadman and coming back and seeing I still have time to spot the landing and ride off.
This kite is super fast, a few times I took my eye off of it and I would get a jerk and notice the kite is heading straight for the water, and a quick steer and its heading back up. Really messed up my timing as I'm used to flying bigger kites around here.
I would recommend this kite to guys who like the big boost but on the average days wants to do more all around tricks. I love the velocity kite as just a pure jumping kite. Nothing has gotten me that high yet. But when trying to use the velocity for other tricks it didn't work as well. Tried a darkslide and the slow kite loop still picked me up 10ft and it turned into a painful failed megaloop.
Didn't try to unhook but had a friend try it out and unhooked a few times and didn't have an issue. Just a great all around kite with a much better than average boost. Got my new fav picture on this kite. Now I just need Ocean Rodeo to make a mako board that's squared out with 4 fins... Talking to you Todd and John.