I've a change to take good look of the Rhino3 12m prototype on tuesday last weeks and actually had a talk with Ken Winner plus launched the 12m for the man himself.
Ken was with Haimez testing Rhino3 prototype at Coyote point in Burlingame south Of San francisco airport and ready for the Waddell waves competion from thursday thru sunday.
Here's what I saw and feel:
The kite seem very light when holding launching take off.
The leading Edge seem very stiff and small. The stiffness must be the butt joint of all the struts.
The leading edge and panel canopy is link (stitched) together using approximately 2" (5cm) of Dacron material.
The panel canopy material Rip stop is stitched to material Snake skin seem 3 time thicker than Rip stop ( This material is currely used on Toro2 near the leading edge) approximately 12" (30cm) .
Along the trailing edge 12 fluster triangle was located between segment of canopy or strut ( see Toro2).
7 Struts is all butt jointed and very small even the center strut ( X3 only have 3 Struts butt jointed middle center, center and middle center).
Wing tip is still using carbon bar and for steering Rhino3 prototype have 3 attachment.
The valve is all high quality.
The look is a little different than Rhino2.
I'm definetly buy a quiver of these kite when it out in the market.
I'm already own Rhino2 12m, 16m and love their quality plus performance.
I think North is heading the right direction keep improve quality, but never forget performance