It had been difficult to get to try all the kites for demo on a strong wind day, but I do have a 10m (2020) and 8m FX (2021), looping with the "more depower" setting, and also tried the 10m orbit in conditions I would normally loop my 10m FX (was ~25 knots). Compared to the FX, the orbit seems to loop slower, pull you forward a much shorter distance (significantly less power in the loop), and climb much faster at the end of the loop - I had to downloop much earlier than I'm used to, in order to avoid the lines slacking and kite falling after the landing. For regular jumps, the orbit had airtime typical for old school kites, much more than the FX, which is a low airtime kite. I also had a short session on a 9m dice in similar winds, but it's difficult to compare as it was different size and much easier to loop than a 10m, but overall seems much more similar to the FX than the Orbit, as one would expect - I could not notice any significant differences between dice and FX that aren't shadowed by the size differences.
I'm not sure what would actually be the best kites. Lots of guys are loving the more "gently looping" kites like North Orbit and even Core Nexus. I'm not doing any crazy tricks with my kiteloops yet, still just trying to get them as high and aggressive as possible while landing smoothly, but I'm afraid some of that "extreme" feeling of getting a hard yank will be lost going from FX/Dice to an Orbit, even though that seems to be the trend nowadays. Some friends are even looping rebels (recent models, not older ones), but I haven't seen anyone actually compare the latest rebels to the Orbit. Similar things were said about the Switchblade
So basically I would narrow down the research to 2 questions:
1. Do we really want an Open-C kite? Or go with one of the newer kites like Orbit, new Rebel, new Switchblade, Supermodel, Pivot or go with the Open-C like the Dice, FX, GTS?
2. Which one of the kites in the selected category is best at this task? For Open-C kites you will probably get a rather similar behavior, with minor differences. However, the non-C looping kites seem rather different in design (for example Supermodel and Pivot being 3 struts), I wonder what the actual differences are.
Seems like even though big air gets increasingly popular, there is little useful information on this topic online.