Well my friend, I think you might just be the type of critical feedback I’ve been waiting for, if you say you’re about to test the 5. And if you feel you can make a call on the XR5 vs. Rebel, I’m definitely curious to hear it. Not that I think it matters much. If you go through my posts on the XR5 you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m a mindless fanboy. I am not, and I genuinely want to hear from someone who does not like the 5. I (still) have nothing bad to say. It’s slightly unnerving and I’m not a religious person in general.Teabageppo wrote: ↑Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:11 amI'm still yet to read any discerning comparisons about the two kites mentioned in the thread title.
The reason I would like some articulated, researched thoughts from actually flying both (whether will always be subjective) is because I very soon, will demo a quiver of X5's. It would be good to have some comparative notes. We always demo these kites with 5 riders, in 10 minutes rotations (one left on the beach) so we can have other kites to compare. All the riders are 15 years plus kiters, except the young fella' whose in his 6th year...and already nearly passing us all...grrrrrrrr
So ....two guys here are saying middle setting at the wingtips and lightest bar pressure on the front bridle...is that right?
ps If the crack about the rebel fifth line loss moaning on the rebel thread was directed at me, take another close read. I'm not the one whining and whining like a bitch...that''s the other guy.....
pps I also disagree about not noticing the year on year improvements (not that I buy kites every year but I always ride them to see). When you are a company like north with large R and D budgets and teams, they can get through a lot of prototypes and feedback within a year.
I know we all like to think kites aren't getting better, so some kind ride their shitty 2011 kites and go wow, these are just as good.
They aren't. But you gotta be good enough to notice, most aren't. So don't go bagging a year turn around, against a two year turn around...you don't know what are talking about basically. All companies are about selling gear, selling stuff regardless who they are. Business is not a romantic ideal.
But hey that's what forums are for, hence why most the really experienced guys I know never visit these places...lol. Me, I just find all your bullshit hilarious.
I rode both kites and (to me) they are the best of the best. I've spent the last few weeks testing various brands to see what will be my next quiver and rode both the XR5 (and 4) along with the Rebel 2018. The verdict = 2018 Rebel is better for me. Reasons:
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