Skyway Scott wrote:
Roberto, if you don't mind, how does the 10m Royal compare to the 9m Hyper? Thanks.
The 9m Hypertype and 10m Era are completely different kites: different shape, different feel.
The Royal does not turn quite as fast as the 9m Hypertype - but the Hypertype is SUPER FAST..and the 10m Era turns plenty fast enough.
The Royal is much more stable and user friendly, and easier relaunch.
IMHO the 10m feels like a 10m should, any wild claim of "feels like a 14m" (which noone has made so far) should be taken with a grain of salt.
While I love the Hypertypes they do require full time attention becasue they turn SO FAST!, where you can relax a bit more with the Era.
I have been using a Waroo bar and have not used the RRD bar..just a comfort/familiarity choice at this point.
I used the 10m Era today in gusty 25-35 kts and 8'+ waves, 128 board and ZONE Wave board. (Dune de l"Ouest - Iles de les Madelaine) I had to fly the 10m Era totally depowered and it still turned OK but it was too much kite for me so I switched to the 7m Hypertype...and was still super lit with that.
I used the 10m Era a few days ago in 15-25 kts and I think that is the kites sweet spot for my rider weight (155#).
The Era is super smooth and has great lift and hang time...bottom line: I really like it. I'm pretty sure the 14m will be sweet and I am sure Simone thought this one out carefully.
Skyway Scott, I'll look forward to your 14m Era review since we both seem to like the same features in a kite. Given sizes available I would probably get for a 3 kite quiver: 6 -10 -14 ??