I spoke to a few people that are more experienced with other high depower kites and they all said it is easy to oversheet these kind of kites so they overfly if you are not used to them.
Instinct told me to fully power them up (depower fully out - all attachments points for max sheeted in..) first time out which is how I like my Cs , but eased up on that today on the 9m Smoke and had a great session - everything on fastest settings and without the bridle (rode fixed 4 line c kite mode today) - huge depower over very small distance, really light bar pressure, rock solid canopy (fattest ever leading edge) with no flutter at all, and most importantly the missing link of every other high depower kite I have ever ridden - being able to generate very hard pull when turning the kite at the edge of the window/ low.
Unhooking you don't have to mess around with depowering to keep it perfectly tuned - just simply unhook... 9m Smoke is about = 10.5m fuel (well if one existed..) I reckon. Would want to spend 90% of my time on this size. Hmm and I was going to wait for 5 sessions at least before I wrote anything - ah well made it to 2.
ian c, how would you compare the rabbit 4 line fixed to the Generator 4 line fixed? I like to ride my Generator on a pulley bar while surfing. I 'm waiting for the Lou series c kites to come out but I understand that they won't be out till next year. Just wondering if it would be worth trying the Rabbit in the meantime.
out today in 20 - 25 on smoke and then 25- 30 ish on the gypsy. Great day. Trimming these kites is key, they will fly back if oversheeted, but sometimes i do keep it so that when i pull all the way in the kite is slightly oversheeted. THen you can boost massive, although you still flick the kite like a C.
Have to keep experimenting.
I'd be interested to hear more about taking bridles off on the smoke. Sounds good! Lake Michigan was super messy today but nice waves the kites are great so far. But yes....I need to spend more time on them and trim them (also depends on where you connect back lines. On the smoke i was putting them farthest to the LE and on the Gypsy closest. Needed a bit more power on the Gypsy to keep it rock solid, probably was right in the middle of the range for that kite at 30.
One of my bud's was riding the demo Boss I gave him to play with. Steering lines were already set at the fastest. He moved the bridle to its fast set point as well and said it pulled like his 14 Rhino. Also said that he had his hand off the bar and the kite was sitting at 12 O'clock without any issues with light wind.