I have had several sessions now on my 2013 14m Rally
. My quiver is 14,10 and 8. IMO the 14m is really fun kite with great range. I did test it back to back with 2012 14m Rally
last fall.Compared to the 12 the 13 had more bar pressure. That said,I felt the 12 model bar feedback was a little vague in lighter wind compared to the 13. I have used Cabrinha SwitchBlades for the last 5 seasons so the bar pressure for me was a non factor,The 2013 Rally
is lighter than the 2012 SB and about the same as the 2013 SB.
No doubt, the 12 model year turns different. The 12 is more of a pivot where I feel the 13 is more direct with more power. Being so use to the 2012's it will take you some time to get adjusted to the feel. I noticed it right away when comparing the 2 14m Rally
's. No doubt its the best 14m kite I have used. Relaunch is just great. Excellent range for me at 200 lbs. Nice float with jumps and excellent stability with the added struts. I'm one who did experience the wing tips cupping under high load in strong wind. I have not seen that on any of my 2013 Rally
's. The kite has great speed in the air, very easy to work. The feedback, bar pressure is just right for me.
Surprisingly ,the 14m is the size I get the most positive feedback form when people have tested the kite. The consensus seems to be for a "big" kite it really is easy to use with great upwind performance. The most common complaint is 1, the bar grip is hard on the hands and 2, the depower is hard to use.
I think you would not be disappointed with 2013, but it is a whole different feel . I think its a positive move.