Finally got to ride my newly acquired 2013 16m Crossbow. I was able to pick up this almost new kite at a fantastic price so I grabbed it. For a long time I have wanted to grab a high aspect kite and see what the hype is all about. After about a 2 hour sesh today I started to get a feel for the kite. Wind was from 8 to 18mph. weight 185lbs, riding my awesome new Crazyfly cruiser pro 146x48. First off I am convinced nothing happens in anything below 10mph. I have seen everything from big Foils , turbines, and fat ladys to name a few. And even If it does you are not relaunching. 10 to 11mph seemed to be the bottom for me.( just enough to maybe get going with downwind start)
Kite works well with anchor self launch, really comes to life around 12mph, 13 to 16 is the sweetspot, I still felt fine up to about 18mph.
The kite flew great! You can see how much more forward in the window it flies, upwind was excellent. It moved through the air a little faster than I was expecting also. another surprise was the bar pressure, It felt fine to me.
In the end I was very pleased with my first day on this beast. I think its the perfect kite to ride in light conditions when you know the wind will stay light. I know lots of folks prefer not to ride kites over 12/13 because they can still ride with a surf board etc, but there is something to be said for a bigger kite that is truly powered at 12 to 15 mph.