Sun wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:45 pm
RidingRobi wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:35 pm
After testing sooo many different models over the years, I finally found my final freestyle Kite.
As a guy that has flown the RPM, RP:X, Dice, Best GP, Best TS, Eleveight FS, Cabrinha FX, and Bandit, I am very curious to know how the Dash feels. Any specific comparison to the above kites? I have the most experience with the Dice, then the Best TS.
I owned the GP, RPM and the TS and have flown the Dice, FX and Bandit. Different years though and tough to compare over time always.
Direct comparisons done between my RPM v12 und the Dash.
The Dash is certainly more reactive on the bar compared to the RPM in wake setting. When you load the RPM hard enough you get lots of pop and slack but especially the slack varies depends on speed and explosive edging. The pop and slack of the Dash is less sensitive and really reliable, you only have to get used to the higher reactivity in the bar or use the high bar pressure setting.
After landing 7/7 Back2Wrapped on the Dash and much less on the RPM in the same gusty session, my decision was done.
When you have constant winds and the guts to always load the RPM properly, it is a machine. But I liked the reliability of the Dash much more when practicing tricks in less than perfect conditions.
Plus the nice thing is, that the Dash still jumps really well whereas the RPM jumps/ loops not nearly as good hooked (especially in wake setting, so you have to change settings). With the Dash you could loop in the gusts and unhook in between without compromise.
The Dice might be a bit more comfortable for hooked in jumps/ loops but is not comparable unhooked imo. A bit more mellow overall. Even more so for the Bandit and TS. Dash has more punch but also needs a bit more precise steering. The earlier FX were shit for heavier riders imo, so that's not a comparison for me :'D
The GP offers a bit more slack when ridden properly and in the right wind range. But Windrange is smaller, hooked is less fun, and slack is more sensitive to riding speed and proper edging.
Hope that helps.