Here are my first impressions on my new X-Shooter 128 which arrived yesterday.
The finish and workmanship on the board is top notch. I had originally ordered the XMS off the website. The board took forever to arrive and Toby told me that they were making changes for the 2006 model and that I should hang on, so the board looks very different to the pictures. It no longer has the intricateflex areas of the XMS but more regular flex tip pattern (Jaime pro). I will post pictures when I get home tonight as I can't do it at work.
I had my first session on the board this morning in very gusty winds (12-20 knots) on my 19.5m Contra. My first though was: "hell this thing is fast" and it took one or two runs to get the feel for the speed. The board can also be edged aggressively and I managed to hold 20 knots on the big kite quite easily. These observations are based on my limited experience on my 2004 Litewave 136 which I loved. The board did throw up a bit of spray but not right into my face so not a problem. Obviously at this point I cannot comment on durability but the board looks well built and the reputation is good.
I will get a better feel for the board when we get more consistant wind and I can fly it on smaller faster kites.