When I say "damned" it means far better.
Both Silver Arrow ( speed2 only) and Pulsion cloth have the same density of 27gr/m2 (then from the kites I know, will come in weight order : the lotus, then the pansh normal cloth then the FS dlx, then the FS standard). But in the feeling and in reality, the Pulsion flies with less wind than Silver arrow (and seems more solid); my explanations are:
- I weighted the speed 2 SA at 2.5 kg in 15m, hence approx 2kg if considering 12m2 ; so 300 gr more than Pulsion on the same balance tool. Bigger zip and 4 exhaust over-pressure valves on the speed may explain its higher weight. But on the other hand speed2 has a higher projected area (so, hard to compare exactly on the paper since projected area of the Pulsion is unanswered by Benoit, as for many kites manufacturers unfortunately).
- Pulsion launches far better, I think it is due to stiffners that keep Leading Edge toward wind and openings really open
; it makes an enormous difference, especially on the water relaunch (a video is coming soon); i also think that more compact Aspect ratio helps catching more wind since higher on the water surface.
- more stable with slack lines and no "wings"
- easier to work and down-loop to keep the kite in the air if a lull occurs at the edge of the wind window (useful on the water of course but also in the mountains since wind is often zero at the ground to relaunch); important to me since I will also use it for snow-kiting.
Indeed a huge surface could be very interesting, but Benoit only talked about a possible 15m ...
You are right, on the video, the wind went far "stronger " as soon as I had waterstarted (say +10 knot at the end of the video and I was almost over powered 1 minute after ...) and the water surface changed a lot in only 1 minute. This video above was my third test . So not the same session when I recall the feeling of the first test on beach after the first launch (I had no Gopro unfortunately , because not hoping to ride) , and wind stayed between 5 and 6 knots approx during this 1 hour session without video proof but only this picture from a friend on the beach