Some argue it is an advantage, others dont.
Maybe different scenarios whether an advantage or disadvantage?
In my mind it is only a downside though, you lose performance in light wind.
Kite accelerates slower so also a disadvantage in general IMO.
Building up energy by looping it around for faster and faster speed, before your start, which should be the only advantage, does not work I think.
Yesterday I had, by pure chance, an interesting experience.
Riding with an 8 m2 Peak4 27 m lines in 7-8 knots of wind, just on the verge where I sometimes could not start, most times just possible, so rode a while.
The wind dropped just a tad so I had to try without success for a while, it was soooo close (but no cigar), and drag out (and back in) so took a long time.
Then the wind got back, in fact even more than when I rode for starters, and rain was almost or fully stopped also.
But it was impossible to start now with this heavier kite...
When kite was looped down, it had loads of pull like normally, and it turned just fine, but as soon as it was flown up, all power was killed totally, because it was heavier.
Amazing difference, but I could definitely not utilize this added weight for anything.
Had I taken it out in this wind, dry, I would get up and riding immediately, no doubt.
What are other riders exeperiences regarding this?
Some might say the wet surface is the reason, and not the weight - I can not see why though?
I know this was a single skin kite, but the same should partly apply for a double skin kite, dry versus wet, some might have experiences with this.