thanks excellent comparison R1 v2 vs Sonic 2...
If the price is same I would go with R1 V2
1. Weight is lighter I think Sonic 2 11m 2.4kg now that's light at the time it came out but now with all the UL material I think it's not that light compared to R1 maybe under 2 kg..
this from French forum
If you look at the 15m, the sonic goes from 3.1 kg in V1 to 2.9 kg in V2, and the palm of lightness has this R1 V2 well below with 2.4 kg but perhaps temporary because I believe that the diablo is very very promising on this theme.
By extrapolating in 12m:
- the Sonic V2 = 2.65 kg
- Elf J7 = 2.4 kg
- R1 V2 = 2 kg
- (Pulse = 1.75 kg, with probably less projected area)
all things equal I think lighter kite will hang in longer in lulls
I do agree R1 is more technical but after 6 months I should be able to crack it like 19/20 relaunches ...actual flying the Soul is so non challenging hence unless you boost Soul is boring for me but other like cruising while day dreaming
2. In R1 V2 top canopy use more durable heavy material while in Sonic 2 top canopy use lighter lotus . here designer of R1 focus on abrasion on land while Sonic 2 focus on relaunch and it depends on what you value. for me 10M kite is high wind and relaunch is not critical since I have 15m Soul for testing low end
Boosting is what I look for so better boosting kite preferred but the problem is bar feel and timing need adjusting form Soul to R1 - but same can be true for Sonic 2.
Here's another review translated
Here is my small versus race wings, I have tested quite a few times, I will speak here only perf! To be clear on my versus, it concerns especially the sizes of 11 to 15m ², in short line and I personally owned the sonic v2, Peter lynn Aero and I just received the r1v2, and I wait aero2.
It's just me! In your opinion
Quality -> Much better than the v3, better feeling, less truck, always TB speed and angle, superb glide to the Upwind, good speed in angle better than v3 -> less expensive than v3, Beach high at the top
Defect -> The bar deserves simpler at Y and Trim attached to the BC, Speed system very thick ... harder to find its mark with this kite, probably because of the 'turbo'? Low range less good, they are made to be clothed at the cleat to be perf.
Quality -> good descent in speed and angle
Default -> more truck upwind and less good angle and speed and unwieldy
Quality -> Super upwind in angle and speed, seek tjs to accelerate (The best at the upwind)
Fault -> descent less good angle and speed, or so it must be ultra ultra ultra cloth ..
Quality -> Accessible
Default -> Medium upwind and downhill
PL aero v1:
Quality -> Good descent in speed and angle, maneuverability ++ (The best on the descent with the diablo)
Default -> a little truck at the upwind, high beach at the upwind hard to handle
Quality -> Most perf wing in general upwind and downhill angle and speed.
Default -> Upwind a little less good than the Sonic Race
Quality -> Accessible but more technical than a sonic2
Default -> Fluctuation of the perf according to the sizes and the kites (factory?), Draws strong in the harness (depends on the feeling of each one ...), not transcendent compared to the v1 and the last kite of the market exit in same time.
My UPWIND perf ranking:
1 - Sonic Race / Diablo 4
2 - R1v2
3 - Diablo3 / Aero1 / Aero2
4 - Sonic 2
My Dowwind Perf Rank:
1 - Aero1 / Diablo3 / Diablo 4
2 - R1v2 / Aero2
3 - Sonic Race
4 - Sonic 2
My ranking Handling:
1 - R1v2 / Aero1 / Diablo4 (short line)
2 - Sonic 2
3 - Sonic Race
4 - Diablov3 / Aero2
My Accessibility Rank:
1 - Sonic 2 / Aero1
2 - R1v2 / Aero2 / Diablo 4
3 - Sonic Race / Diablo 3