When you say that the Cloud "misses the four first gears" and tells me that you have never flown it, i think you are being somewhat irresponsible.
Actually, Clouds have a lot of gears and go through them well, but maybe not in the four-on-the-floor pattern you might be used to...
Also as said before, they fly completely differently from high AR, low profile wings I have experienced.
The cloud seems to have plenty of projected area and fly "large" in power for its size, with fast-turning and lower AR than many kites, so you may experience that as low end or grunt, yet lacking struts means it has less drag than its AR/shape would make you expect, giving apparent wind power you might associate with a high aspect, slow turning kite like a race kite.
It seems counter intuitive at times and it's a different feel.
I got mine for light wind but it's outstanding feature is drift: jump, carve or bust the fins out and slide, the kite stays where you need it, in onshore or sideshore wind (more than many kites at least, I am not saying it's magic...).
In a situation where you have to totally sheet out to ride a wave or whatever, you lose the pressure in the back lines but you still can tell exactly where the kite is without looking, because you can hear it start to flap, which is funny (seems to really bother a vocal few). But then when you look up, there it is exactly where it should be, stable even when sheeted out and luffing a bit. Thinking about some situations, this could actually be a real advantage, to keep your eye on the terrain or traffic.
Weird but it works great so far.
Can the Cloud keep up with a race kite or point as high? Probably not, don't know, haven't tried that yet...
IMO they offer grunt and apparent wind power, and fast turning, like 'em or not...