So, something a little strange happened last night.
Went kiting yesterday and arrived about 3:30, other kites on the water were all 13M, 14M, and one 12M.
I was taking out a surfboard so I rigged the Renegade 11M and kited from 4:00 to 7:00PM.
I was a little underpowered, shifty cyclical lake winds had me tired from on and off the strapless surfboard.
Came in and decided to play around a little bit before beer thirty.
I have been harassing Dimitri to send me a demo Judge for months and months.
He's had his demo Judges pretty busy and because I am an old guy who rides hooked in, he figured I was not really a candidate for the Judge, so I had a hard time putting a fire under his ass to send me the Judge demo kite!!!
Well a Judge 8 finally showed up a few days ago.
So at 7:00, instead of having a beer, I pumped up the Judge 8 just to screw around for a few minutes to at least get a feel for how it flys.
After 30 seconds I realized that I had enough juice to kite with it!! ..so I had one of the guys grab my Oxygen TT out of the truck and hand it off.
I rode the Judge 8 and the Oxygen until the curtain of darkness fell upon us.
Here is the strange part, the other kites on the water were Ozone C4 13M, two Waroo 13M, Best TS 12M, Epic Infinity (big guy), and a Bandit 12M.
Wind Alert says it was blowing 16-17mph at 7PM, and 15mph by 8PM.
I thought C kites were supposed to be two meters less per size than SLE kites?!!!
What did Dimitri and MoMi do to the Judge?!!!
How was I kiting with all those big kites with an 8M in 16mph?
This kite was so much fun I was laughing my ass off.
So direct, so much power when moved, screamed upwind in the gusts, downloop transitions were so fast and smooth.
The front "bridle" makes it feel like a true C kite of old, but the kite feels more rigid in the canopy than old C kites and the thing sheets out when you let the bar out! (unlike my C kites of old)
The Judge comes back up from a downstroke or a loop better and smoother than any kite I have been on in years.
The 3G Screamer 10M LTD is close, so I think it has a lot of Judge DNA in it.
Anyway, there is not much talk here about the Judge kites..but I really had a good time on this kite.
I will obviously need more time on it to know more about it but I don't think it is going back to Dimitri in a giant hurry.