Been riding the same kites for a few years now, a 7, 13m Rev2 and a 10m 2010 Envy. They perform really well and I have no problems with them at all. My riding style is pretty basic, forward, back rolls, loops, transitions, boosts, freeride hooked in stuff mainly. The problem is that I'm finding myself constantly looking at new gear, love new kit as we all do, but can it be justified? If I sold my current kites I would probably get around £500. If I purchased new North Evos / Rebels for instance it would set me back £3000+. So the question is, is it really worth it? Would I feel that much of a difference in performance when compared with a freeride kite of 2009? I know the answer is probably to demo, but wondered whether anyone has any views before I go that route. Thanks
Keep trying new things, you'll find the limits, or break something eventually.. Until then, why spend? Once your gear has depreciated 65%, might as well ride it until it is dead. Or get a huge light wind kite if you need one? Big kites are better than in the old days, zephyr was probably the first fun one i knew of, now there are many options..
No it's not worth it unless you are into lite wind kiting. The Dyno Turbine Fat Lady Zephyr, etc. are all sick sick kites and make life way better at 10 knots. Keep your old gear if you aren't into the lite wind stuff the regular kites aren't really any more advanced recently. It sounds like you take good care of your kites, my 2010 kites are tissue paper.
on the other hand, get a surfboard. It may lead you to other things, although the rev and envy can do ok in waves.... But aside from light wind, the surf specific kites are also worth looking into if that becomes your interest.
4 years from your kites is a good stint. I replacement typically one per year. I get about 2 maybe 3 years from an lei tops. after that they are too worn and i no longer trust that they will not fail when kiting in extreme locations or weather.
If you tick one over every year or so then its not such a hard cash drain as replacing all at once.