Sun wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 03, 2022 7:44 pm
jyka wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 03, 2022 5:10 pm
I can compare edge to the following same category kites: XR(the latest), boost, XS(2nd latest), nitro4, nrg, p1, draft, rebel(latest), switchblade(3 years old) and hyper.
They are all good kites (I'm a fan of high AR 5 strut flat profile kites) and I was most impressed by XR and edge. But it's always what things you like, bar pressure, turning speed etc.
Edge might be slower turning than others from the same category but it doesn't matter to me. Hangtime and wind range(edge's high end is crazy) are more important to me.
I would love if you could give more feedback or comparisons for all these kites.
A little bit off topic, I keep it short:
XR(the latest, 9m): It jumped better than I expected, maybe higher than edge. And overall liked how it felt.
boost (v1) 13m: High end could be better. Light weight design what makes it fragile.
XS(2nd latest): a good kite overall but didn't feel anything special.
nitro4 (I have 7m and 10m): Well built kite, rock solid and bomb proof. Jumps well. Too much bar pressure (some might like it).
nrg 12m: My old kite from 2012. Bombproof (=heavy) design. Turns slow when depowered and relaunch in light winds isn't great. But still a good kite in 2022
p1 (9m): Flies in the very edge of the wind window and it makes the kite unstable when keeping the kite in the air on the beach. I have made my woo record with this kite. Jumps great and hangtime is also top notch.
draft (12m): My old kite from 2016. Just overall great kite, a little bit (1+ m/s?) more low end than 11m edge but edge high end is 5 m/s better..! And more bar pressure than edge.
rebel(latest): More bar pressure than edge..? I felt this like draft
switchblade: I didn't felt success with it, test drive was short. It wasn't easy to jump and land smoothly, maybe I didn't get used to new kite fast enough. But still a good kite
hyper (10m): Surprising it was more powerful than 11m edge in the same wind. But high end was lower. It jumped well but I guess it won't jump as high as edge because the high end isn't that good. But still a good kite.
edge(v11, 11m): This felt overall the best. The only downside is the bar, because the PU tubing, front lines gets twisted easily. Not a problem if you won't do much rolls and loops. Edge is also a lightweight kite and I guess it won't be as bombproof and long life as heavier kites (like switch nitro) are.
So I like them all but my favorites are XR and edge(which I bought)
Would be interesting to test drive the latest version of flysurfer boost. I guess it would be close to the edge?
In my opinion, kites haven't come far the last 10+ years. In example, the naish draft 12m from 2016 what I have - it jumps maybe 10-15% lower than the edge with my skills. Is it worth to put 1500€ to new kite(edge..xr, what ever) compared to 300€ used one?
it's up to you!