The fact that something works well and the fact that it is a commercial success are unrelated. Same example for thick surf style railed TTs. Fantastic to ride, but the market went with thin edges out of a snowboard style production process...
The spitfires are unique, they take a bit of adjustment to get dialed in, but they're super fun. Advantages, overall a more compact design, different feeling in turns, some recoverable breaching, natural tendency to not shoot in the air after a fall. Inherently safer because of that. Disadvantages: maybe not the level of glide that is achieved by traditional foil designs. But this could be due to a choice of going for low ratio for turns and compactness as opposed to the more recent trend of going over 1m wingspan and thin blades. Could be also due to few years of difference in the designs with different objectives. Main disadvantage in the current implementation is weight. Aluminium mast and fuse, and wings carved out of slabs of G10. Bombproof, but heavy. Also very sensitive to foot position. There's a magic spot, and an inch or two outside of that spot, it just doesn't want to lift off, or doesn't feel right.
XXLW works for winging, (even if it predates winging). But it feels different, and it needs a bit of adaptation time to feel right under foot. Not really the best option for pump and glide on small bumps, but with a powered riding, it does the job, and is an interesting alternative.
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