I honestly cannot notice much of a difference between XR4 and 5, and I think it's a good thing. I hope XR6 will just remain the same with some small color change and never ending shortening of the bridles.. Would be good if they took cues from ozone and removed pulleys but I have a feeling it's not going to happen. Sure they could add lifting and hangtime, but it will be a different kite (Apollo?).. it will be slower with worse low-end, etc.. Once you change something you are bound to upset some customers..k2thiago wrote: ↑Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:22 amI would expect some real changes on the XR6. I mean, I ride Xr5 but had the opportunity to fly the xr4 and xr5 on the same day, same wind conditions and same size, it does feel different,, there is more lifting and hangtime on xr5 and the construction is more refined on the later version.
Definetely Core need to improve the Sensor bar... floaters, eva grip, bar end, winding elastics, velcro keeper for the depower... are not compatible with the 699,00 price tag of the pro version. The lines are top notch, as also the carbon/titanium core, the rotor qr and the self untwist mechanism are just ok, very often I still need to untwist manually the front lines after more than one loop/spin. I'm not a big fan of the "SSF" system as the kite doesn't flag out completely, and keeps flying upside down quite high until you manage to invert the kite, what could be dodgy in strong winds.
Core make high quality equipment for sure, but there is room for important improvements and I hope the go for it in this next generation.
That said, the bar is an absolute mess, in need of major redesign:
-it has twice as many parts as next competitor (except maybe Duo/North)
-rusty metal parts on the rotator (really??)
- safety jams way too easy (sand, cold.. see other threads)
- impossible to reset with one hand in powered conditions
- can't control Y split point, so incompatible with many kites
- no way to examine the wear of skinny center lines under the PU coating and they are too skinny to last.
- in general the design is not sand friendly and many parts wear off way too fast because of it