Nick-san wrote:I really didn't like last years big Black Tips, but after one amazing session on a BT 17, I have to say that they've made an amazing improvement on this kite. Fast moving for it's size, comparible to Rhino 2s in low end power (I ride the R2 16m), and good depower and upwind. It has a lot more power than last years AB 11.8. At your weight, you should be able to go out in a couple of knots less wind.
I think you are right on some of your points.
But whats the downsides ?
I mean - you cant get it all in one kite !
It has to be on the cost of something else
You cant have a kite with R2 low end, and better depower and upwind ability etc. etc. - this is not possible.
If it was so - then this kite would soon be copied by ALL kite companies, and kiters with this kite would win contest easily, and every kite to date would be horribly wrong designed...
And I am sure this is not the case.
Be a little realistic, thank you.
Otherwise it is just the "biggest air" again and again and again and.... like seen on so many commercials for new kites.
It is not my intention to be "dissing" your post - just saying honestly that there are something important missing or wrong here ?