Wow, some strong statements from people that have only "observed" the kites from a distance.
I own a 17m Cloud, and a single strut Airush One 12m, both great kites, and great kites for jumping too. I've got 4 sessions in with my 17, and love it.
All those struts are just dead weight in the air, and are light-wind session killers.
Re-launching is just as fast, as any other kite I've owned (Cabs and Ocean Rodeo). Really.
I second the feelings about the 17 opening up new sessions that would otherwise be kiteable.
Strutless is a pretty cool design worth considering.
Just please fly one before you go shooting off your mouth about it.