My $.02 review:
I bought a 12m Cronix this summer and really like it. It's very fast for a 12 (more like a 10m) and has some great low end. (similar to a 14m) It is fast enough and drifts well for waves. The kite is very stable and has awesome range as well.
Also noteworthy, I've never used a kite that relaunches better than the Cronix. It's amazing how easy it is to get it off the water, even in lighter air. Just a quick tug at a back line and it rolls over nicely. I haven't snowkited with it yet, but I'm sure it will work great for that too, being able to reverse launch. I haven't tried the self launcher thing-a-majig yet either. Unfortunately most of our launches are stick infested brush piles, rocks or just too small. Drift launching is the deal.
I'm not sure about the bar yet. It's super small and just a little different from what I was used to. I'm not wild about the above the bar strap system. While very depowered, the red strap dangles at face level. No big deal really. The depower line seems to be fraying a little quicker than usual. But for what it's worth, changing the depower lines is probably a 15 minute job tops.
I do like the backpack style bag the FS includes too.
Oh...........I do feel compelled to say this, even though the irony may cause PMU's head to explode, but the pump Flysurfer sends with the kite is the nicest, quality, auto-double action (?) pump I've had come with a kite.
Great job overall with this kite FS. I liked the 12m so much, I just ordered the 8m. It'll get some use in Aruba this month. A big THANK YOU to Ted for shooting me the kite in time! Hatteras beers forthcoming!
My wife digs the yellow.