hey I had the chance to get out on it yesterday. It was really a mixed experience.
The wind was super gusty, and the windgraph is underreporting...but attached under (I was riding from maybe 4.30-6.30pm).
First session I pump it up, attach my slingshot online to the kite (for the first time) and launch it. I rode it back and forth for a bit to get the feel..it was pretty nervous in the gusts. I can see a squall comming (not one of those super hard ones) so go far out to ride it out. The kite works fine I never have to depower and I rode the squally winds and rain off easily. However right after something weird happens...it fold up midair..to the extent where the wingtips meet (instead of a C..picture an O). I flew it like that for maybe 10 seconds before I got it back to normal flying C again by yanking the lines a bit. So I continued my riding, but of course after a squall like that the wind dies a little and I went in. When I came in to land the kite lost all its power, turned upside down and started falling..I ofcourse ran backwards pulling the backline line to make it turn and catch wind again. I gained control before it hit water.
Okay that was two "semi-scary / odd" moments in a short period of time. I am not sure why it happended, but I had too little air in the main bladder leading to the O shape. And the wetness of the kite combined with little wind caused it too fall...
I pumped up the kite some more (note to self..need PSI gauge), and picked up a bigger board (135). The wind came back, and I decided to try my luck again. MUCH BETTER>> I was riding comfortably back and forth,
The wind picked up more and I got one really nice jump..one of those big (for me) floaty jumps. The second session was a lot better.
So from this session...the kite can handle a lot of wind, it is still fairly nervous and scream to the edge of the window in the gusts...yesterday was very unstable. I did feel perfectly comfortable in the gusts, but it was kindof a bumpy ride between the chop and nervous kite...I am still deciding on this kite...and definitely need more experience with the kite. It does have the characteristics of a high aspect kite, although it does not look like it. It still look pretty cool
It actually turns fairly fast with not much bar pressure. I would like to get more feedback if the kite is oversheeted. Even when very oversheeted the kite does not flare, but it still looses its power.
Note that it took me some time to get used to my Best 14 which I now really like.