royal pain wrote:windrider, did you buy the 07 version and is that what you are referring to as a great kite? It is not the super flat bow like the 08s. Does it perform the same? How does it compare to your Best kites(as a frame of reference)?
One thing is that EH doesn't seem to release kites on an annual basis like most manufacturers. Seems that, once he makes a significant improvement, he puts it into production without regard to what time of year it is. So the Rippehr went from v2 to v5 in about 18 months? As far as I know, the one I have is the early 2007 version.
Mine is the version 2 (v2) Rippehr which is described as "A second generation flat kite with the Legaignoux license oriented to the advanced rider." It seems flatter than my 2006 Waroo, but not as flat as my EZE 13m. It definitely handles gusts, high end range, easier jumps, better hang time, smoother landings, and faster turns better than my 2006 Waroo. Keep in mind that it is a 10m versus my 2006 Waroo 12m, so it has a built-in "quickness" advantage there. But, even though it is a 10m, it has a wider range than my Waroo 12m at both the high and low ends.
I like the Rippehr much better than my 2006 Waroo. I don't know how they would compare against the 2007 or 2008 Waroo. I didn't test ride the new Waroos because I didn't like the idea of battens (2007) and 6-pulleys (2008) in the bridle that Best is currently offering. The EH setup is much more complexity-free. Very simple bar, 1:1, with only one pulley on each back bridle.
As far as I know, the Rippehr that I have is the same model as the one Ariel used in his win.
I love the kite, and the EH kites have replaced my Best quiver with much improvement in performance. The incredible savings from OffDaLip were just icing on the cake that enabled me to get both the 10m Rippehr and the 10m Beast instead of just one kite. If you can get a good deal on the current model (v5) Rippehr or FreakDog Unleashed, then they might even be better. I'm stoked that I got a super deal on an excellent kite(s) that have provided much improved performance over what I had.
It would be interesting to hear how people would compare the EZE 11m and 9m with the Rippehr 10m and 9m. They're both EH kites. I heard that the EZE 9m is "between the Rippehr 10m and the Beast 10m".
Is there any way you can test ride the EH kites in your neighborhood? If so, try it!