I was lucky enough to be able to test most of the new light wind kites. (Dyno 16 & 18, Turbine, Infinity(prototype), and Fat Lady).
I was looking for a kite to replace my 16m Rebel that would work in San Diego winds with a surfboard. I loved the Rebel and choose it only after testing all the big kites in 2009/2010. However, not a fan of 5-lines in the surf and the 16m Rebel turns slow(like most big kites) and prefer lighter bar pressure.
If you have not tested any of the new light wind kites, you should, because they are no longer the "Big Trucks" they used to be(except maybe the Turbine, still an improvement over the Turbo's though)
Well, I chose the Fat Lady, which ended up being an easy decision really. It had the low end I was looking for, a light bar feel, and turns faster than any big kite I've ever flown. It drifts really nicely as well. Very important feature for me since it's really easy to outrun your kite when the waves pick up and the wind is light and on-shore. Even when the wind picks up, I am able to dump all the power, stay in the pocket, and the kite sits with no pull. I do have it set on the wave-setting which puts the kite a bit more forward(I think). I like the setting like this and have not bothered to change it. This is my first Blade kite and am very stoked so far. Nice job Blade
Note: It would be nice to see a bigger bag in the future since I, like some, roll my kites up loosely. That bag is pretty small. Some neoprane covers over the plastic clips would be cool too.