Briefly i will tell you what i am doing.........!!!!!!!!!!
I started kiting in last Christmas in Cyprus were i come from!!!!!
I started with a Cabrinha 14m CO2 2003 and by easter i bought a Cabrinha CO2 2005 and a Cabrinha Nitro 8m 2005 and a Slingshot 11m Fuel 2005 (which i lost after an accident and now purchased another one)
I just reaqlised that i have 3 different (in reaction) kites. I am thinking of selling all my quiver! Also i have a Cabrinha Martin Vari 48 2004 and a Cabrinha Custom 33 2005. This is what i come to buy:
1) Slingshot Fuel 9, 11, 13 2005
2) Slingshot Fuel 7, 11, 15 2005
3) Cabrinha Crossbow 9, 12 2006
I heard that Slingshot Fuel 15m isn't that good! Is that true?
I like doing aggressive things (at least i like to watch at them)!
I am really confused. I like Bow's due to the fact that with 2 kites i am cleared out and it suits me because i study here in Greece and i travel with my kites and i won't be carry a lot of stuff!!!!!
I would like some serious answer and not anything that got's to do with the different makes (Slingshot or Cabrinha).
The fuels don't have the same hangtime with the bow?
Anws i will wait for your answers so that by soon when i will sell my quiver (and what to sell, if decide for bow's i have to sell my Slingshot as well as, if i decide for Fuels i will sell my brand new Bow which i obtained as a present)
NEVER COME DOWN
I have tried Naish Torch/Raven, Waroos, Matrix, Switchblade, Fuel, and after trying all them and owning and selling most of them I ended up with Crossbow 1's which for me is the best kite on the market.
Crossbow 2 is supposed to be a little better. Switchblade 2 coming out soon!!!!
Have you tried a BOW/SLE kite before? If not I would do that first. Then decide if you want BOW/SLE or C. Only you can decide that!
Thnks for the reply. I have to try one (if somebody lents me one:)
For the Crossbow 2 and Switchblade 2 and Contra am not in for that kind of money!
I get to listen a lot from different guys and i get confused! They say that with a bow you cannot do a proper kiteloop (i hope after some years i will manage that through:P) like with the c-shape!
Is that true? Are there any more differences?
NEVER COME DOWN!
There are many good flat kites out there. Try them out and see what you like. I am going for the new Boxer Sle kite because it is affordable and awesome. Most 07 flat kites should be good, so make a choice and have fun riding what you pick.
i've been really happy with my 12m xbow one. it has been my quiver of one. getting me from about 10-11 knots to about 25knots. I'm 16, weigh 145 and have a 145cm board for all conditions. The bridle mod does have a pretty good reduction on bar presurre. I would go for the 12 xbow 1 and do the mod.
I've owned both the xbow 1 and the waroo, both in 12M sizes. The waroo is far less stable at the top end but has better bottom end. Both jump well, waroo has lighter bar pressure. I actually returned the waroo because I couldn't trust it in it's upper ranges. The xbow is far less prone to inversion because it's shape allows less backdrafting over the canopy but it's this shape in the waroo that gives it the low end. In it's low to mid range I did like the feel of the waroo.