Hi! I just did a huge amount of research into snow kites, and ordered a Frenzy 7.3. I'm about 86 kg (190 pounds). Here's the quick scoop on what I found:
- for snow use, the Frenzy is by far the best price/performance deal. There are a lot of kites out there I feel are inferior to the Frenzy, but cost quite a bit more.
- I was told that for bigger people (like me), the 7.3 is best for medium to strong wind, and the 12 for light wind; for smaller people, the 5 and 9.5 are the ideal combination
- Other than the Frenzy, the flysurfer kites stood out in my mind, particularly as they are closed-cell foils, and good for water as well. Without actually flying one, however, I can't tell you for sure, and they are very expensive.
- Pay particular attention to safety systems! The Frenzy seems to have them all. I recently tried a 6-meter foil with chicken loop depower system, but the chicken loop didn't lock in, so when I pulled in the handle to power up, the loop fell out, leaving me with only full power! It also didn't have any quick releases, which I consider to be another big problem. I'm on a big lake, but there are power lines on one side, and a number of people have bubblers to keep the water from freezing their boat lifts, and if I were down being dragged toward one of these obstacles, I'd want to be able to cut the kite loose, preferably without having to go for the hook knife.
- I have more moderate winds here, but they do sometimes stay at 20mph, so the 7.3 made sense for me, and then I can get the big one down the road.
I hope this helps.