Tested: Eclipse Thruster 12
Wind: 17 MPH avg, 14-20 MPH
Board: UG FLX 132
Weight: 190 LBS
Experience: 4 years.
Got to demo the T-12 in NC for about 1 hour. This kite felt immediately perfect, great lift, very lofty, and turns just right. The best way I can describe flying this kite, is that it does exactly what you want it to, as if controlling a part of your body. I have never flown a kite that felt this good. While there, I also got to try out the Thruster 14. The T-14 felt more like flying a very nice high performance kite, the 12 just felt so good. You got to try the 12. If I lived in a windier location, then this is the kite I would get.
Tested: Eclipse Thruster 16
Wind: 14.5 MPH avg, 12-16 MPH.
Just got back from a trip to Baja and flew my buddies brand new Thruster 16. I hate to admit it, but after flying this kite again (previous loaner), I do enjoy flying his kite better than my Naish Boxer SLE-15 (this is my main big kite). The T-16 is more responsive and has better depower capabilities. The T-16 also feels like it boosts higher, is loftier, and much more fun in the waves. I should have listen to him and taken my chances with a new kite company, Eclipse.
One of the coolest features about the Eclipse kites is the EZ Lock System. This is gizmo is a gem! It works like a fully adjustable stopper ball, except that it releases quickly and easily. Lock it and ride virtually hands free. I will definitely get one to replace the Naish SLE stopper ball system. I think this gizmo is going to be a popular mod for all one-lined chicken loop bars.
The one thing I noticed about these Eclipse kites is that they donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t kiteloop well when under-inflated. The kite likes being pump-up hard, then again maybe I should not rely on my rusted SS pressure gauge.