I tried the new matrix 2006 last week and here is a small review for anyone who would like to read it.
In relation to the 2005 matrix kite, the matrix 2006 is a much more stable kite, the profile enhancers along the leading edge make the kite more forgiving on the gusts and doesn't let the canopy have any deformations.
Small Carbon spars are also used on paralel to the tips, but not on the actual end of wing tip, this makes the kite ideal for unhooking, so, even if it is to sheeted in it has no back stall.
The kite's range is absolutley impressive, It has a great low end and when sheeting out the kite has absolute depower, making it very forgiving in the gusts, and great for people who want to ride powered up as they can take the kite out well above it's supposed range.
The rounded tips (that come from the Indy) keep the same philosophy of one kite does all becuase you can change the settings. You can put it in the range setting, which gives you lot's of range in the kite. or you can set the kite on the lift setting, giving you less range but more lift, or in an intermediate setting.
In relation to the indy it's slower, and a gruntier kite, which makes it ideal for wakestyle tricks, as the power is constant and you just need to pull the bar in and the kite just keeps pulling.
The kite is also great for looping, yes it generates power, but it's also very quick turning on axis, just cranck the bar and off you go.
The bar was also redone, it is much more ergonomic, the grip is better too, and the bar ends are made of soft rubber, so that when your hands slip on handlepasses you don't get a sore hand anymore. but the great inovation is the cls adjuster. A small adjuster near the chicken loop that lets you pull in the 5th line taking power from the kite, it can with no doubt substitute the depower strap. so you can take power from the kite near the chiken loop instead of having to stretch to get hold of the depower strap.