local wrote:On a LF Drop Ltd 132.
This was my first Bow kite so I can't comment on how it is compared to the other bows.
Flew it on the beach in 6-8 kts yesterday, could reverse launch, very cool.
Blowing 8-12 today, and I was out there all day. Was not quite able to hold upwind in the lower range, I would say 10tks is probably min. for me (170 pounds). Started to get some serious air in the upper ranges. By the way this was in Pompano Beach FL on Jan 13th from about 1 pm - 5:30 pm in case anyone wants to check the meter. Bar pressure is minimal so you have to be nimble with the gas. I absolutely love this kite, awsome....A few negatives to mention: the kite felt slow, slower than my 13 Fuel, that is most likely due to the light wind conditions. No stopper balls for the valves, whats that all about. Bar...not sure if I like it, felt weird, clumsy. The beauty of the Sonic is that it can be flown with any normal 4 line bar. So I tried it with my SS Spreader with 23m, lines, sweet. I need to give the GK bar another chance though. All in all I am very happy with this kite. I was looking to fill the 10 to 20 knot range and this will do it. All I know is that I am never going back to a 'c'.
The 63cm bar makes it night and day on the 14. So that's definitely the bar that needs to be used on the 14. However, I don't think GK should put stopper balls in the bladders, I don't really see any functional need for it, when you pinch the valve, there is no air loss, at all. When you have a ball and the air is still leaking, you can't pinch anymore due to the ball, need to cope with, so I don't like them, as I don't need them. Actually I don't care, ... whatever...vman wrote: I believe GK will be changing all new 14m Sonics with 63cm bars and the valves will have stopper balls too.
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