Hmmm... maybe I should update this review as I have been on the kites several times since my original demo. I've ridden both the 9m and 12m in nuking and light winds and here is what I think:
- Easy relaunch
- Overall very safe and intuitive for beginners
- Jumps and glides excellent in high winds
- Great for waves and hard carving transitions
- Wind range
- Bar pressure is brutal if you really want to ride it juiced
- Constant sheeting is needed to keep power smooth
- Doesn't generate power through turns like traditional LEI
- Jumping at low end not so great
I can see why some people love this kite, but others don't. If you often find yourself getting overpowered or having to switch kites constantly, then this might be the kite for you. But if you are generally comfortable with your quiver then you may not like it.
I like riding with about 5 inches of throw on my bar and mostly against the stopper ball. I use my edging to control my speed, yes I do use some depower through the bar but not much.
I don't think my riding style is really compatible with the Crossbow. It requires you to use sheeting more to control your power, I would rather use edging.
When you see someone riding a Crossbow they are generally riding more standing up, without much rooster tail. I guess its still kiteboarding but a much different style for sure.
Again I stress you try one out, and see for yourself.