My RRD Obsessions didn't last nearly as long as I would have liked (with stitching and canopy material starting to deteriorate after about 14 months of hard use in tropical sun), but maybe I just had bad luck. Perhaps they simply had a bad day at the factory when they put together my kites.RQO wrote:- Durability: I have heard mixed reviews about the durability of RRDs. I understand North Rebels are as durable as they get. Any views?
The RRD Obsessions have significantly less bar pressure than North Rebels, even in the most recent models. I can comfortably ride and steer them with one hand all day.RQO wrote:- Bar pressure: I had a Cabrinha Switchblade and found the bar pressure too much after long sessions. I understand the RRD Obsession has lower bar pressure. How about the North Rebel? How do the two compare in bar pressure?
The RRD Obsessions are among the fastest kites on the market, for any given kite size. The North Rebel I would classify as a medium to medium-slow kite, by comparison to the RRD Obsession - by which I mean that the North Rebel is not necessarily "slow" in the true sense of the word (the way that you would classify a large Flysurfer as being slow), just that the North Rebel is not nearly as fast and reactive as the RRD Obsession. Which brings us to a related point - the steering on the RRD Obsessions tend to be very "direct" and reactive whereas my personal opinion is that the steering of the North Rebel is a bit more dampened or "mushy". Think of the various cars that you have driven - on some, the steering feels more dampened and indirect than on others. That being said, depending on your experience with different kites, you might not notice the difference. Most people seem happy with North Rebels.RQO wrote:- Fast: I believe both are pretty fast. How do they compare?
I'm not sure. To be honest, neither of them would be my preferred wave kite, but that's just me. I think that while riding down the line in good clean wind conditions, both kites are OK. The speed and responsiveness of the RRD Obsession might be a slight advantage in some circumstances, and it is easier to deliberately get the Obsession to stall if that is something that you want to be able to do. The Rebel is however a good stable kite that many people like in the waves.RQO wrote:- Waves: I guess the North Rebel is better in waves. Any views?
I have not tried the North Fuse or Blade Trigger, and I've had only about 30 minutes on a SS RPM, so I don't feel qualified to comment on any of those.RQO wrote:I have read good things about the North Fuse. How about the Blade Trigger? The other one that resonates in my mind is the RPM.
How do these three kites compare to the RRD Obsession or the Rebel?
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