adamj2281 wrote:Yeah, I'm debating possibly getting a 10m Flite, but the 10m Razor is really my favorite kite. I love the rip off the water,,,,,
The 10 Razor is my favorite kite as well. I have been out twice on my 12 Flite now (I still have a 8 and 10 Razor). Today it was 13-21, kind of gusty, with a fairly low lull (13) so I put the Flite up, here are my impressions after a really fun session.
The flite turns ridiculously fast and smoothly for a 12m. I had to fly it more like a 7 or 8m Razor from a timing perspective. Really. At first I was flying it like my old 10 or 12 Rise and... no that doesn't work.. It just turns so quickly it's astonishing.
The flite has a very nice, smooth kite loop. It doesn't generate a ton of power like the Razor or a c-kite but it also doesn't just spin around on itself like the Rise.
If you ever flew the Rise... it's features were getting upwind well, getting out in lighter winds, wide range, and floaty jumps. The Flite is similar except that it turns a lot better and faster and the loops are not lame like the Rise loops were. The Flite doesn't generate as much power as a Razor while looping, but it doesn't just lamely spin around itself like the Rise either. It's actually great for practicing loops... or just pulling a loop after jumping to smooth out the landing a bit.
The flite turns so fast that I actually did a double loop by mistake and it didn't kill me. It will take you some time to get used to the timing. The smallest pop off the water and you are airborne.. for a long time!
I'm used to the Razor's quick-up, make a move, quick-down timing... the Flite opens up a whole different riding style. Big, floaty, take your time moves..
I probably still prefer the Razor as my #1 fun kite (because I'm an adrenaline junky and I have flat water here) but I really really liked the flite, and in terms of engineering of kites... I don't know how they did it, the kite is good at almost everything.
Usually you have to sacrifice something while engineering the wing design in order to achieve something else, the flite somehow manages to sacrifice very little. It's smooth, gets upwind well, jumps well, loops smoothly (but with less power), the bar pressure is good (not too heavy), the turning is incredible for a 12m, can't wait to try my friends 10m.
Oh, the kite really handled the lulls nicely. I was able to stay upwind easily.
Very impressed with the kite. I'm going to keep one in my quiver for days like today, or just for a change up. Floaty jumping is fun!
Tom :: Charleston SC