Pike wrote:I have rebels and have flown cabs amongst others. The rebel is a hybrid, not a bow or sle and is entirely different in flight, turning, lift, speed and safety.
(A far better kite in all aspects imho).
I have not flown the rhino's.
Safety also? Please explain !!! (important to me.........well to my wife especially
I was out with a (borrowed) SB1 7 m2 yesterday. The damn kite inverted for me on pretty deep waters. Would a 5th line kite like Rebel do that??
OK, this is IMHO
The rebel does not invert (the 5th and front lines attachments prevent this)- I have been in gusting 18 mph to 45 mph (not a long session I assure you!!) with my 7m rebel - inversion did not even come into my thinking at all and managed to self land no probs aswell.
It is 5th line safety so it has a true kite killer option. The cabs do this on a front line but not all power is killed and you have no leash to under bar attachment if you want to use this for inverted jumps and ease etc.
the iron heart is superb, you know where it is and is easy to reach and pull - not a small piece of red webbing with velcro. It is a true 3rd option unlike bows where just letting go of the bar is meant to be the 'safe' option.
self landing and launching are also very easy on 5th. Major factor for me is that there are no PULLEYS!!! thus no wear on lines - I had serious trouble with this with all mt previous kites part exed them all for Rebels.
If you release to 5th you can still re launch unlike release to front or back lines (OSH)
The stopper ball is wonderful - it takes 80% of weight but will move up if you push it or hit a gust - it does not lock = safer.
Hope it helps.
Stunning kites and great control system.