I had a short session on panchitos 11m ozone instinct. Conditions were poniente with about 15 knots, choppy water. I weigh 72kg, my board is a spleene RIP128.
The first thing you notice is the kite feels very solid in the air. Every pull on the bar translates very directly to the kite and the bar feels as if it was guided on "rails". Anyone who flew a waroo or sonic will be able to relate when I say the bar feels a bit loose. The instinct though feels as if it was a pulley bar without the bar pressure of a pulley bar.
The kites turning speed is acceptable, a tick faster than the 11m sonic (im comparing the sonic when its connected to the front rearline connection points - faster mode). It loops nicely (no bow sliding) but has a very hard and raw pull as it goes through the loop. A C-kite rider will feel right at home.
Jumping is nice, hangtime is very good - one of the best in the bowkites-hybrid kites area.
You can release the bar and the kite will not drop straight out of the sky so easy bar spinning on the go and changing hand while carrying the board. You can even ride with the bar at the stopper, albeit a little under powered.
Relaunch is bow or flysurfer foil like, simple and easy by pulling one steering line, no swimming necessary.
I cant say much about the top end but I have been seeing the instinct a lot on the water with 20-25 knots so I imagine its top end would be around there, similar to the 11m sonic.
Overall, it seems to be a bowkite with some grunt, not unlike a C-kite. Most bows work on apparent wind (you need to sine it a lot to get going) but the instinct pulls early on.
Due to its spanline and rigid feel in the air, I can only guess that in gusty winds, the kite will not invert or do weird things but I dont think its going to be a nice sight when the instinct flips over, the multitude of lines will make it a nicely wrapped package.
Construction is rock solid, no complaints here.
Overall I think the best way to describe the instinct is, its like driving a mercedes. Comfortable, solid, powerful when you want it but not an exciting "pedal to the metal" sportscar.
Thanks panchi for the testride!