I had a session with a virgin 2012 12m Trigger yesterday in classic NW storm conditons.
Very simple and easy to set up, and the 3 strut one pump design is darn quick to get ready.
When I launched the winds were about 15-18kts but the forecast was calling for it build to the 30's and maybe more!
I paired the kite up with a 2011 Mako 165 for the low end with no worries about control when the winds built (these boards have an awesome top end)
I also adjusted the bridle to the advanced wave setting so I could get into drifting and carving the crud out of any wind waves that built and scream upwind afterwards. This turned out to be the right call as the winds built as expected.
I was blown away and grinning from ear to ear with the truly massive wind range this kite has, and how it handles when you are gliding through lulls or totally lit. Never felt like it was out of control and I could throw it straight across the wind window during transitions without it yanking me off my ride.
The kite reponds and turns beautifully in the low end and at full power even when all the de-power possible is pulled out of the sheeter strap, I was so stoked!
This is exactly what I was looking for in a kite because the winds here are always gusty and unpredictable.
Jumping is a real thrill ride, be ready to go high and go long cause this kite can jump HUGE!
Looking forward to the next sesh and pairing this kite up with freestyle Twin tip to go even HUGER!
No drop offs or loss of traction in the air no matter where I threw it. That was sweet!
It really stays connected and won't overfly or tumble when you just aim it at the edge or screw up.
Outstanding recoverys and drifts...you can really count on this kite to be flying forward and waiting for your every command.
If you are looking for a kite that can do everything and turn cruddy winds into an awesome session, this a most excellent choice IMO.
Awesome job Blade guys! I totally love this kite! http://youtu.be/rzPZbzPoi_I