How the hell did I miss the denis response here! I don't always agree with what you post but since you are one of the guys jumping higher I respect your opinion and advice mate, thanks!
The gap between 8 and 12 is not ideal, yeah but I think you missed that I have a 6, 8 and 10m kite already that I am not going to sell and use for my waveriding progression. Jumping isn't all I want to do but I want kites just for that purpose since I share the other kites with my brother. Therefore the bigger size (12m) would be my lightish wind kite and oldschool trick machine, while the smaller size would be my kite to go big when the wind is on. I am not really sure if I should go for an 8m or 9m but the reason there is that I am not sure if I can hold down a 9m in 33 to 35 knots. I don't want to go out when it is close to or over 40 knots since that still scares the sht out of me. I was in almost 40 knot gusts with 28 to 31 knots constant wind last weekend and got reminded of that again. For wind that strong I think the right choice would be an 8m. Hoping to get a demo session on the 8 and 9m evo in.
Softer landings is why I went with a biggish board in 139x42. The rebel and xr kites just didn't sound too inviting since I would really like to learn a couple basic unhooked tricks aswell when riding regular and landing on my good knee.
I bought the 12m evo (2019) and had a session on it yesterday. Man that is an awesome kite! I am still getting used to the new board and riding in cold weather with neoprene shoes and all that. The wind was pretty fluky, sometimes 13-14 knots and then 2 minutes of 22ish knots and a very busy spot. I only tried to work on my riding and was not confident in trying to jump since the water was really flat and hardcore choppy 600 m further out. But I am really happy picking the evo. The 12m feels faster than my 10m neo, is very responsive with low bar pressure on the middle setting (had no chance to test the other settings yet) and I always knew where the kite was, is very stable in the sky, goes upwind like a truck (not used to that), heavy gusts or sudden increase in wind is soooooooo easy to take into the harness and the bar pressure is pretty light compared to the neo.
I am not sure but I have the feeling that a 9m and 12m evo combination would set me up for all conditions from 13 to 35 knots. Is anyone riding that setup of the 2019 versions? I tried gaining some weight to hopefully get my legs stronger, mainly to protect my left knee which is a bit fked and am rocking 85kegs now but for my big progression vacation in november I'll probably go back down towards 81-82.