I've flown also and tested the Contra-3 last saturday in 8 -10 mph average winds,
gusting once in while 12 so take this with a grain of salt.
I confirm that's all true, no sh!t, it makes you hmmmmmm........
The best big size L.E.I. Type I've flown so far of this size.
Upwind better than last year's of the same size.
Steering speed improved also, believe it or not it is close to the last year's 12m what I used to have.
If sine it only couple of times the apparent wind acts on your kite = shredding
I don't know why because it doesn't feel big like a 14m as multiple loops are so easy and smaller radius.
No more Transition Stall-Outs even in light wind.
Better low end with pulling power.
No bar pressure in light winds but you start feeling in higher gusts,
still much less than the X-Bow 16m.
Normal relaunch is easy so as from the Trailing Edge by pulling the front lines.
Boosting about 10 feet in 12 -13 gusts is incredible (with my weight)
That's it for now, no + or -