7-8 kts is a whole lot different than 7-12 kts.
I should have said 7 kts min and my TT and 12mC works, barely, but i'm on the water and not sitting there picking my nose. If it doesn't get past 7kts it's ok but not great, 10kts great, 12kts I can chuck the big TT and get on a regular TT. In fresh water I think 10kts min, maybe 9.
Light wind kiting isn't something I plan to do, it's just what happens a lot... you go to the beach, expecting a forecasted15kts+, but it's only light
So you haul out your best light wind tool just cause it's a nice day and you'd like to get on the water.
At 7kts it's tricky, gotta constantly fly it. In less than 7kts it's keep the kite flying at all costs and get back to shore before it drops out of the sky
There's talk in another thread on 'race boards' being a really good light wind tool, better than big surf boards and better than big TT's. I'm looking forward to adding one of those and maybe getting rid of my huge TT.