mark van haze wrote:
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.
Excellent review from Mark, I agree with everything you've said. I can add that I was recently out with my Instinct 11m with wind around 12-13m/s with gusts 15m/s. I felt no problem of being too much overpowered. After a crash landing and getting my head above the sea level again I saw the "nicely wrapped package" as Mark was afraid of - kite fallen down and flipped over, lines messed around. To my big surprise it was no problem at all. Playing with the leader lines helped the kite somehow to sort the mess out and after few seconds the kite hot-launched, all lines OK. When the wind got stronger, I took my 2005 7m North Vegas for comparison and what a blast it was! It is exactly the comparison of parking away the Mercedes and going out with Porche. So, Instinct is very nice kite and I am very happy with it. However, I shall not get rid of my true C-shape Vegas to enjoy more "sporty" ride during high wind days. It is Instinct's smoothness and floaty flying feeling versus sensation of being rudely whiped into the air you can get from good old C-kite.