pappss wrote:I've been flying bow kites for about 18 months now (Crossbow, Switchblade, Turbo Diesels) but have been looking at buying a SLE due to pricing and availability.
Invariably I get to try someone else's kite when it is light and puffy and one thing I've noticed is that 12m kites such as the Boxer SLE and Waroo don't seem to plane as quickly as the 12m bows.
Is this a fair generalisation?.
the crossbow can produce a lot of power when it is sheeted in and stalled produces a lot more power than the waroo when it is sheeted in and stalled
with the crossbow - you dive it and pretty much leave it alone and control the power with sheeting - you learn after awhile to just about give up sining
the waroo - has some of this but you get more out of sining and moving the kite
so i would match them up for me and in fact the kite that really impressed me was the sonic 11m, i could go up wind in less wind than the crossbow 12m - but it required kite and board speed and when you sheet in a sonic, there is almost no power
so - if you have been on the crossbow/switchblade - you need to relearn how to move the kite around
the switchblade 2 is another sine the kite to get power kite - at least in the smaller sizes
the beauty of the crossbow is that it produces that nice power without moving the kite and it can be very handy in gusty winds with lulls or punching out through waves
i don't know particularly what design feature determines this but it seems to me that the 'grunty' kites fly back in the window more and the light fly them to produce power kites fly farther out
one common feature i have noticed is the size of the leading edge
big leading edge kites seem to fly farther back in the window and be gruntier
for example the contra compared to the crossbow
contra is big leading edge big pull
crossbow is smaller leading edge less pull
the kite that sort of breaks that trend to me was the waroo pro which has a very small leading edge - it pulls more like a big leading edge kite but goes up wind like a small leading edge kite
good luck but i think since you are so used to the crossbow, it will be hard for you to hop right onto any other kite and feel it has the same amount of power without giving it a few days