cor wrote: ↑
Mon May 03, 2021 9:42 am
I don´t get it. Why should anyone who owns a Soul 1 get a Soul 2? What´s the selling proposition?
The only difference I see is the fabric which is more durable. But why is there such a focus on durability? I fly my Soul 10 since 2018 frequently and never have I thought "that kite needs to be more durable!". It looks like new except the white has faded a bit. With LEIs becoming lighter and lighter (Aluula, Penta TX, etc...) I was hoping that FS would make a step forward to lighter foil kites. I would´ve loved if FS released two Versions of the Soul: A normal one which is more durable and a second one which is as light as Kauper´s Falcon for riders who only want to Hydrofoil and looking for a good light wind experience.
Same reason why people get new models and literally the only thing has changed is their graphics. Personally, I've used my 6m so much the graphics are wearing off so I'm getting a V2 6m. I also ordered a 8m because I regret selling my Soul1 8m awhile ago and wanted a replacement. I wish they did a 7m though.
People are bitching that this isn't an update like from the Sonic2 to Sonic3. That was a huge change that took Flysurfer a long time to achieve and in reality the Sonic3 is a completely different kite in my opinion.
This is more like a SonicFR -> Sonic2 or Speed3 -> Speed4 Lotus. Just a fabric upgrade plus a couple tweaks. The problem is fabric is so advanced now that you really can't upgrade it much and make as much as a difference as in the past.
I talked to Armin about having something like a Soul PRO where the kite isn't overbuilt for beginners like the normal ones are(remember that's what the kite's audience is for). His response "That is a Idea but we fight at the moment to delver the high demand." So maybe in the future we will have something like that, kinda like the Speed ULs in the past. Personally I wouldn't expect something like that for a year or two(just judging by how FS is).
If you can afford it, and want to upgrade, so be it. Remember the wing tips have been tweaked so that might make a difference. The kitelife didn't go over certain things like drift and whatnot. That might make a difference and if so, would be worth the upgrade for me. We shall see. Also judging on the wing tip folding issue I saw on their video, I don't believe the bridle was fully broken in.
Also even though the Soul2 is using heavier fabric, the weights published are the same in the larger kites as the last gen. Example: V1 and V2 21m are both 3.48kgs. Now if that's accurate, that means there's some internal tweaking too which could make a difference.
Sadly each gen can't be a major change and honestly I was happy with how the old Soul performed so I'm glad they didn't mess with it too much. You can be sure though that FS are watching this thread(even with the ban Toby has put on with FS) so hopefully we shall see something like a PRO soon. I highly doubt that though because when they did an update so quickly from SonicFR -> Sonic2, there was a huge backlash(with me included).