After having missed two opportunities for used Reos V4 in 10 m²
I´ve bought a new Religion MK8 in 9 m² for a very good price (thanks You-Love-It.eu).
I´ve flewn the Religion over it´s whole wind range now and have to say: A very
sweet wave kite
Light bar feeling, very agile / fast / nimble for a 9 m² wave kite. Very good low end (like the 10 m² Reo V3, I´d say) and very good high end as well. At it´s high end it stays very calm and feels totally controllable (the best kite I´ve flewn so far in this regard). Very good downwind drift and very stable in the air, even in very gusty wind conditions (slightly offshore wind with obstacles at the beach, thus very holey wind near beach).
No the slightest flutter of the trailing edge when you turn the kite fast and depowered (better here than the Reo)
My original concern regarding too much power / grunt during quick turns was unfounded, luckily. The Religion has a very comfortable pull (I hate much pull!) which can be easily adjusted by the depower throw (I use the Cabrinha 1X Trimlite bar) at any time and situation.
At first glance I was a bit sceptic beause of the delta-ish shape (much more than the smaller sizes from 8 m² and smaller). Also not really a light weight kite (2.80 kg / 9 m²) But it really does everything perfectly for me.
However, the whole kite feeling is very very different from the Reo (so much lighter in every aspect), which needs some adaption if you swap kites directly (like I do).