Cool. Good for you. There's this mistaken belief that we are all 'Kite Commuters' and want cheaper, 'good as the rest' kites. After we're able to go back-forth, get a little air, etc - we then look for something that will either expand our range and/or safety. It looks like WW is taking this tack - good for them - and us.
I can't wait to see what this kite will do in the hands of a pro. If you getting the range of a 13.5-9m. Looks like I'll only need 2 kites. The less kite the better as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for the review.
anyway i am testing the 18 not posting any info but to windwing r & d... sorry... when my i get my 12 will post on that kite i think it is a sick kite
but i can tell you my thought about the cc bar.... quality is very good the bar is simple well thought out. i love the fact that you can disasemble it and make mods with no big hassle. you can replace the chicken loop line with out having to order a new loop. spinning leash works well. depowers like crazy.... smooth action i think if you dont get a ww kite get a bar from them if you dont need a 5th line set up(i am sure you could even mod the cc bar to do this...
i have been a ww customer for a very short time. i showed a great deal of interest in there 18 rapture. all they had was the proto types or beta kites...(i had sold all my kites and was freaking out) . the customer service & r and d department were so interested in making a kite that was going to deliver the performace promised, that they thought it would be a good idea to have a non-pro that has been kiting a few years involved in the final touchs of this great kite. i have been giving them feedback as they needed testing with heavier guys. so far my dealings with ww have been the best kind of interaction that a kite company can have. all my ?'s get anwser fast and this has made my testing of the 18 a great time. this kite is sweet.
I can comment on the 18. Like Jared, I am a total amatuer. I have been kite boarding for 5 years. I borrowed it for some rides the other day. The kite is very different looking than any other inflatables that I have seen. The leading edge is immense and very rigid. The kite does not taper much at the tips. The shape is more like an ARC. However, due to the solid leading edge it doesn't ever fold. The spars are also large and rigid. I took it out in fairly gusty conditions. I had been riding a 16M Gaatra Stealth and I was well-powered. The 18 Rapture does have a ton of depower. I was able to depower the kite, yet still ride with one hand. I also liked the way the kite jumped, really good floaty jumps. The kite was very stable and predictable. I didn't try any kiteloops as the wind was so gusty that I didn't feel comfortable giving them a try.
I did not get a chance to relaunch the kite, so I cannot comment on the relaunch.
My word to Windwing is that the prototype they sent to Jared is a winner. I have flown a lot of kites over the years and the Rapture is one of the best I have seen. Especially, when you consider the amazing depower I just wish they would make a bigger size. The 18 is great - how about a 25 as well? I personally will buy the 18 when it comes available.