I flew some prototypes in egypt, that was over 6 months ago now. Didn't get to do any extensive testing, as all the kites were new, and my frame of reference was blown but my impressions were
-Range, especially low end, was incredible. If anything, I'd say it may have normal high end for a bridle kite, but the low end was mind blowing. It's much more powerful than either the passion or the obsession.
-Everybody that could kite halfway decent was throwing 40 foot boosters with the thing. I don't usually get off on boosting that much, but this was a different thing.
-Did some back to back testing with roberto, we had identical boards, I had the 9 meter passion, he had 9 meter addiction. If you've ridden the passion, you know it's a powerful kite with good upwind. I was doing ok upwind against him until the wind dropped, then he smoked me. We're talking no more whitecaps kind of wind.
-Turns fine for what it is (a boosting, upwind, low end power machine), basically, a muscle car, not a lotus. Definitely faster than the Passion, but slower than the obsession. So, freeride turning, not wave turning.
-The protos had pulleys on the bridles, and the configuration looks the same on the one on the website. It has a cascading bridle system, similar to a couple of other 2009 kites that are coming out about now. It looks a little different, but I think it's meant to keep even pressure on the leading edge from multiple angles of attack. At least that's what it looks like to me.
-You can take what I say with a grain of salt if you want, as I'm a rep, but these are my honest impressions. If I thought the kite was a pig, you'd be hearing silence from my end.
-Keep in mind, the protos I flew were so early that they didn't even have graphics or anything. This kite could change a bit in the final stages, but I expect it to be better and more refined if anything.
-We are preparing our order for the US. I'll post something when I have dates for arrival.