Starsky wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 pm
Yes, pretty much every wave kite is going to be significantly different from your revs. Those were a classic Waroo style 5 strut all rounder from the days before delta kites. They were higher aspect, as the fashion at the time was more air than wave. They will pull too hard and drift poorly compared to anything in the wave segment from the last few years.
The intro of the delta designs like the F-one, and then everyone else, shaped kite design for a couple generations after your revs and introduced better stability, drift, depower and a lighter three strut platform. The wave segment eventually got a bit more boxy in outline from there and use less and less dacron, improving turning response and bar feel. That is two decent steps in performance. 2007 was a decade ago! Almost halfway back in the sports history! Look at other slingshot kites from that era. Even the fuel had not fully matured in 2007 and made huge advances in 2009.
Almost any lei kite can pull off a little crossover, but if you're decided that strapless riding is your mainstay, you're better off with a kite better suited to the job.
Your kites are really old, so anything new will feel like an upgrade. might as well restrict your search to the wave segment. There are plenty and it should not be hard to find something from the last few years at a bargain.
This post is complete BS!
To the original question:
Contemporary wave and air kites were developed simultaneously, but wave is a specialty kite, air isn't. Most young riders don't know anything else.
From what I've seen, I think your instincts are correct that the current wave kites are a lot like your oldie.
No idea really what kites were like back in 2007 ( I think it was the year Britney put out "Piece of me" & Paris shot "my new BFF," -- my range of reference for the year), but from the museum pieces I see them fly in California, the old kites were more like contemporary wakestyle and pure wave kites. I call them kites on PMS, moody bitches.
Pure wave is just for pros riding really big waves and wakestyle kites are just for wakestyle, probably not what you want, since you already got that. Pros can fly a shower curtain. But we aren't all pros.
So I agree with most guys here, go for a three strut (the Free from Core) bc they are the most versatile, good natured, sweet babes out there. You also want to go upwind and those special wake and wave kites can't do that very well.
All that said, a good rider can handle ANY kite, just like a good gentleman can handle any moody lady.
Dumb blond (I have no clue about the tech specs; these are just my observations of other kiters & what I know from having tried the entire range from Core, starting w GTS, XR, Free, etc)
PS Whatever you do, don't listen to wannabe Starsky. He got it all wrong. (Typical incompetent liberal who split from his normal self & is terrorizing the world with some Tyler Durden-type fantasy warrior bs)