wow...the new rippehr is so different from the old one. I think the above goes, though, the beast for smaller sizes..I wasn't the biggest fan of the 10, but my friend loves his 8...his only complaint is the relaunch...but he uses it is really light winds, so the low end is good. Another friend of mine..she rode the 10 beast, and liked it, but when she relaunched it the bridle caught on the kite and cut the middle strut clean off. The bridle lines are very thin. When that is said, I agree the the kites are generally well built. Both kites are extemely flat...
I liked the rippehr 14, but had some problems with the 12..apparently it had the wrong bridle. I didn't find the 14 hard to jump...but it is a huuuuge kite. It probably has better low end than the 14 contra...without trying them side by side..Steveshred here likes his a lot. I'm not sure if he has tried the beast yet.
So looking at how my frinds likes their, I'd say the Rippehr from 10 and up...(not the new one...dunno anything about that one).
Of course I can't comment on the new one..except for it being so different from last years...looks good though