8-16kts is a pretty wide range for such a big kite - I don't think there's any other kite on the market that can match that. It's not as much as I had hoped, but seems a bit more realistic
the range would be fine if you compare it with tubes, I know.
What I don't like are unrealistic claims.
I could actually hold my Titan15.5 up to 24 Kn. (official top end) in gusts (84 kg), and I am a beginner and had no real highwind board. The declared low end, on the other side, was ridiculous: 6 knots !!! (normal powered).
Mark van Haze is what you would call a very good rider. If he feels overpowered in 17 knots then the 24 knots claim is BS at Best level.
I totally agree - I have been very suspicious of the "overpowered" claims on the FS website, but they might be possible using 12m or 9m (or 3m) lines... And the low-end claims can't be reality either - "normally powered" on a 7m foil in 12kts? Maybe if you use a cargo ship as your board...
Not an outright lie but some serious distortion of what the overwhelming majority of riders would experience - and yes, even the windranges Best quotes for the Hellfish aren't that excessive... Even so, I think the reality still beats any LEI - although I would prefer to see somewhat more accurate numbers on the website.
Again, thanks Mark for the unbiased and hypefree reviews
Yes, many thanks to Mark - at least we're getting something close to reality there, much better than the Best "evangelicals" we keep hearing.
(P.S.: Mark - you can't give us too much info, more is better for those of us waiting in agony for our SPEEDs to ship...)
looking forward to your first impressions with the 17. When it is supposed to arrive
Around the end of this month, maybe sometime the week of the 25-29 (i.e.: 2-3 weeks). I'm a little busy that week, and it could take several days to get suitable conditions, but hopefully I will get a chance to compare it back-to-back with my Contra 23.5m in early August.
The 13m starts shipping within a week, and I have been SERIOUSLY tempted to add one to my order - but I don't dare to until I have had a chance to try one firsthand.