Last year I decided that I would not snow kite another season with my Cabrinha inflatables. Many of my local riders are on Lotus Speed 4s all year around. I will continue to kite Cabrinha on the water.
I am looking for a snowkite and when I questioned the local dealer about the Peak2 he recommended I should just get the Lotus instead.
After reading different reviews online its hard for me to make a decision. The Flysurfer website states the peaks all have min 3.5 - 4kts with the max kts changing with kite size.
Would I get more benefit with a peak2 as the range seems to be massive on a 6 or 9m? Or would I be better to get a speed 4 lotus 10m? I want to start with a size that will give me max range and build a quiver from that if i enjoy the kite. Typically conditions on our frozen canadian lakes range from 10-20kts and gusty.
I kite in Ontario in summer and winter. I use Flysurfers in summer and Conceptair Smart kites in winter. I prefer the Conceptairs in winter because of their much better gust handling behaviour in the gusty winter winds. They turn quickly but move slower across the wind window and have less lift and they drift really well. They are much easier to land in strong winds, you pull the strap that connects the steering lines and the kite drops and stays in place. The flysurfer flaps and takes some time to come down and then pulls a bit and dances around until you secure it. I find it easier on water. I know you were asking about the two Flysurfer kites but thought my experience might be of use. I have not flown a Peak but do really like the Flysurfer Speeds.
the peak 2 is really an amazing kite if your wind is gusty and luls to almost nothing. ive kited with speeds and tube kites while using the peak and what makes the peak perform so well is its extremely light weight design being a single skin foil makes it stay in the sky more than most kites so when others fall out of the sky and have to use the next gust to relaunch, your already still in the air ready for the power. its very user friendly and easy to pick up if you dont have any foil experience. prob one of the easiest kites to self land as it just crumples up and sits there when you put it at the far edge of the window. one of the fastest unpack and repack times as well and you dont have to pre inflate it since theres no cells.
a 6m would be good from 10 to 20 if your riding clean ice. if your riding snow then a 9m will cover you from 8-20 kts. they def have the power of larger kites but its not that great for jumping since it. you can still huck your self up there when you figure out how to do it(much different then most kites). also half the price of the speeds. they depower to almost no power. it depowers by fluttering the wing tips and trailing edge of the kite but still goes to the edge of the window instead of deeper like a cloud.
if you have more consistent wind that doesnt lul below 4kts and want big hangtime jumps then go speed.