Thanks for the questions Knyfe!
We have been testing the production model of the T1 monowing extensively the last month and have a few observations to share that answer your queries.
With its B2 stealth bomber shape its no surprise the T1 likes to be powered. In terms of kiting yourself when riding the wing we are recommending ignoring the 1800cm surface area and think of the T1 as a 1100-1200cm wing. Its full range of performance characteristics really come into effect at 14kts and up in terms of its speed through the water. These include amazing carving, pitch stability and front foot pressure (no mean feat considering it has no rear stab).
We have taken the wing up to 21-22 kts where it does seem to max out of us... In short, its fast enough to be fun but also to be straight up this is not a high speed wing. With its low aspect design and total surface area it just isn't a high aspect race wing re: 30kts and up top end speeds and as such we don't recommend the T1 to riders who are primarily focused on speed as their desired characteristic in a wing.
The low aspect design of the wing creates a super low stall speed - literally a slow walking pace. This makes tacks amazingly accessible (you stay up on the foil at virtual stop) and if you do want to come off foil the wing lets you down slowly and gently. No elevator plunge to the ground floor lobby.
Its 1800cm surface area certainly creates some low wind riding opportunities. I have been out on the T1 on my 9m sonic2 (at 170lbs) in 8 to 10kts wind speeds.
The thing that has really struck us about the T1 is just how silky smooth the ride is. It takes the powder like feel of foiling to the next level. Possibly its the absence of the fuse and rear stab? Whatever it is you have this sense of plowing through virgin powder with no vibration, total silence and a sensation of endless flow. This is an unexpected ride characteristic of the T1 that we are super excited about.
In short, we think this is a very special wing which in some ways points to the future of foiling as a no stab, no fuse discipline.
If you feel so inclined, you can check out our explainer video on our You Tube channel below.
We also hope to soon have a video up with the aerospace professor of engineering who designed the wing sharing his insights into the T1's unique hydrodynamics.
Reach out anytime!
Thanks again for the Q's