I like the Cab Switchblade 2/3 for wake style unhooked or the SS Rev which is faster for more free style unhooked.
They are both very user friendly have a wider wind range than most C's and the both loop with real power.
On balance the Switchblade is my kite of choice, I especially love the way you don't have to sheet in the depower strap when unhooking. Most kite's normally need some adjustment to stop them flying backwards the switchblade doesn't.
For Unhook im enjoying my Waroo 08, big difference with the 06, on the 08 I barely depower it and stays on the same position with out backstalling, big plus with the A -C connection settings for unhook.
not so big on the waroos unhooked i feel like theres no consistancy through the move it just jerks and lets go. If you look at most of the pros most kites on the market can be good unhooked but companies like slingshot, flexis new hadlow kite, the yarga, north, latitude even EH have kites that i think are a little more tailored toward freestyle. One mans opinion, not trying to offend anyone.
Have flown the EH Ripper and it rocks unhooked aswell
Have Torch3s 12 and 14 (getting a 10) also have a Waroo 9m 2007. Don't like the Waroo for unhooked, not very consistent, one trick it will be gutless, next one it will yank me 20ft up in the air, plus loops on the Waroo just don't have the feel that you get from a C kite
My current best kite for unhooking is my 11m Fuel 2005 but if you miss a pass then there is no depower so you get smashed on suicide setting. Hopefully attaching a 5th line will go some way to solving this problem. Interesting to see how the 2008 Yarga performs. I have the 2005 17m but haven't ridden unhooked on it using the 5th line. Another thing for those who have used both the new c kites and the old ones. how do they compare for unhooking? Assuming that both kites depower fully when you let go of the bar to suicide (i know the old ones don't unless you use a fifth line but lets just assume they do lol). Is the only real advantage of the new kites the turning speed and the depower?
I find the Fuel to have quite a strong bar pressure which for unhooked is a good thing imo and in comparision of c's and bows i personally find the c kites much more suited to the task... just a nicer feel. That said the top wakestyle rider in NZ uses switchblades which are bow kites so i guess if you are good enough you can use both.
btw do you guys find that hangtime performance is the inverse of unhooked performance. Bow kites pull like a biarch when unhooked and airborne which basically means wicked hangtime when boosting huge.....
... and if thats the case then perhaps we should all be using 2 line kites like Lou Wainman did back in the day?