Hi all, as some of you know I won a 10m Xbow IDS recently, and have just got the chance to give it a proper test. Thought I would post my thoughts, in case anyone is interested - FWIW Cabrinha haven't asked me to say anything about the kite, even though I won it, just thought I would give you my thoughts, as it's an 09 kite:-
I rode today on flat water. The lulls were 10kts, the gusts were up to 25kts. I weigh -ahem- 56kgs and was on a Brunotti Pro princess 130 x 38. I admit I was really surprised when I got home and checked the wind stats - it didn't feel like it had dropped to 10kts, always felt powered enough on the kite. I had flown this kite for a couple of hours yesterday in what were very gusty and choppy conditions. It managed the gusts pretty well.
Am v happy with the safety features. Like the big red plastic central QR. Like that when I dropped the bar the kite depowered and sat on the water. Relaunch was easy - though when I flew it in v light winds the other day I couldn't relaunch it, which could just as well be my fault as the kite's. Pulled the QR and wound the lines in yesterday in about 26kts of wind and found there to be very little pull on the kite. Winding in is fairly straightforward, work up to the bar and then just wrap all 4 lines at once. This leaves just a fairly short piece of line near you, less to tangle up in. As I said, very little pull from the kite when winding in the lines, which is a relief for me as I kite in offshore winds mostly. The re-launch and safety gave me the confidence to try things today that I have not tried before.
Not convinced with the Cabrinha "sprint" (one pump) system. I like one pumps, but this system seems a little bit fiddly.
I have only ridden it on the "light" bar pressure setting (rather than "lighter"), and have found it to be rather heavy. I will try it on the lighter setting, but doing this means the throw on the bar is increased, I think, and I will have to modify the power/depower straps as I can only just reach them at the moment. Once I have lengthened them I will try the "lighter" setting - my wrists are quite sore after just two hours today. I do miss not having a stopper, which the Xbow IDS does not have at present. There were a couple of times when it would have been nice to have been able to let go of the bar for a couple of seconds, but the lack of a stopper precludes this. A retro-fit stopper is apparently going to be available in October, which I will be fitting. I could only just reach the bar when I dropped it.
The trickiest bit I have found is re-directing the kite after a jump. I assume it is because of the bar pressure being heavier than what I am used to (07 Waroos), but I was really having to pull hard to redirect the kite. When I did get this timed right, though, the landing was softer than I used to land on the Waroos.
I bloody hate body-dragging up wind, and am not v good at it, but I deliberately left my board way up wind at one point today, and found upwind body-dragging to it fairly easy with the Xbow IDS. (I have yet to find a kite that drags upwind as well as the GK sonic I flew last year though).
Quite a few pulleys on the bridle - I think Rou Chater (iksurf mag) said there were six, but I didn't count yet - but the bar is really clean and simple, one leash attachment point.
Verdict - like it, and will be buying a 7m to complete my quivver when they are available in the UK again.