So tried the HT2 10.5 m2 today. However only for about 20 minutes as it was so windy that I changed to my (also new) Type 9 - 9 m2.
I was on the water from 09.30 to 12.30. Wind was averagng 13-15 m/sek (27-28 knots) and gusting up to 18 m/sec (35 knots). Other riders were out on 7m and 9m kites.
Anyway I started out with the HT2 10.5 m, but only rode it about 20 minutes as I felt I was a bit too overpowered (my weight 95 kg/+200 lbs). I had the kite fully depowered, but on standard setting on the knots. If I hadn't had a smaller kite, I could have riden it, but no reason to do so.
I feel I rode it enough to come up with some initial findings:
1) Obviously I cannot comment on its lowend
2) The high end is very good. Gusting 35 knots on a 10.5 m kite is very good I think. I didn't feel out of control at all, but was too powered to do anything than riding and jumping high
3) And it jumped very...very high!! Don't think I ever jumped higher, but I was of course also pretty well powered
Hangtime was excellent
4) What I really liked to observe was that - even though I had pulled the depower strap all in - the kites turning speed was really quick and controlled. The kite flew really well on full depower. I will conclude that it has a very useable high end
5) There's a lot of power/depower on the bar.
6) I went upwind easily, but I guess that should be the case wen so lit?
Anyway, I changed to the Type 9 in 9 m2 which I rode for a couple of hours or so.
I was actually pretty excited to try the T9 9m just after the HT2 in 10.5. The reason being that I decided to buy the 9m as my smallest kite as it should have better high end than the HT2. I found the HT2 in 7m to small for my weight and Evan from Live2kite.com recommended me to go for the T9 in 9 m instead even though it is only 1.5 m smaller than the HT2. Thanks for that Evan - it worked perfectly.
Going from an overpowered 10.5 to my 9m seem the pefect overlap. I rode the 9m on half pulled depower strap and was powered perfect. I tried to sail it with no depower = overpowered. I tried to ride it with full depower - which almost killed the power for me even in these winds.
So my opinion on the T9:
Coming from Switchblades and Royal Era it is kind of a new type of kite for me, thus I was unsure how it would be, e.g. would there be sufficient depower in the bar, how would the lowend be etc.
a) High end is nothing less than impressive
b) I thought (feared) it would be very C-like in terms of lack of depower. Well - wrong. There was plenty of depower on the bar.
c) Dropped it in the water several times when trying some tricks. Re-launch is just as easy as the other kites I've had. Just pull a backline and up she goes.
d) Turning speed: Well as stated in previous threads on the T9: It is FAST! Took me a little to get dialed in, but then it rocked
Pulls really well all the way in the turns/jibes!
e) It seemed to have a little more bar pressure than the HT2 but nothing critical
f) Jumping: Well that kite also jumps damn high! It was more lively above me, as it is a more aggressive kite.
I think the T9 is a more aggressive kite than the HT2 - probably not a beginners kite. But for people with freestyle and/or wave ambitions it must be a killer choice with its fast turning speed and depower range! It's not a park and ride kite, but it is also designed to be a high level freestyle/wave kite I think? For freeriding and excellent lowend, I think the HT2 is probably a better choice. But as my high wind kite to complement to 10.5 HT2, the T9 in 9m is just perfect I think.
I guess that's it. Just ask if questions........