I finally have my impression about the Rhino04 16m. I had several sessions in low wind 10-12 knots and a full day in 15-25 knots (above 20 i changed to the 12m, of course!). I ride in the sea 0-2m waves always chop around.
My board is a TAD 125x38,5 with 7mm concave and some nice rocker.
So here it goes:
: one of the best in the market.
: very nice looking. It's good looking orange. I would have prefered the red one though
(who cares about this? But if one can choose, why not???
) The safety is couvered: high contrast colors visible in the sea. You never know what can happen!..
It is a kite that flies fast and stays well ahead in the window when compared to others.
: Very, very stable. Perfect for unstable winds. I don't know why, but R04 kites are really much more stable when compared to the other kites. Watch them flying and you will see what i mean.
: This is the GOOD surprise (for me). I was affraid that the 16m would not depower like the 12m does. Where i ride i often have 13-18knots days with 20+knots gusts. So having a kite that depowers really well is a issue. My doubts are gone. R04 16m depowers really well and has more lowend than my Skoop2 17m. The R04 16m requires less speed to have fun in 12 knots with very good jumps for such low wind.
: I haven't got the timming at 100% yet but when i got it right, it really rocked! Hangtime is awsome! It is a very fast kite so i will jump higher than i did last year
: Felt like the other "large" 2004 kites i have tested and seen flying. No miracles here. It is light on the bar and requires less time of pressure to turn when compared to my Skoop2 17m. I heard that the Skoop3 17m turns faster but haven't been able to test it yet!
So i am very happy with my quiver and i think i made the right choice for 2004. 12m and 16m have been the perfect choice! Now i am looking for the smaller one. Price is the issue for this one (three kites makes budget heavy!!!). Nemesis looks promissing (10m or 8m). I am just affraid it is not as stable as R04 is. And i am going to use it in the most unstable and gustier place there is! (thermic wind 20-30+ knots)
If you are choosing your 12m and 16m kites, R04 is surelly a good bet. It might be the best one. There is always a price to it but you can negociate it to get good prices and, in my oppinion, it is really worth it!