Shane. Seems weired that you got a hold of those kites before the specs for the final production were sent to the factory. Where did you get to try one? The only way that the new 2003 RRD kites do what you are describing is if they are way under inflated. The description you have given me are a long way from what I have found flying my Airtypes. The Airtype has a huge windrange, small movement on the bar from 0 power to full power, at least the lift vertically of the supers and by far a huge increase in hang time. The 16 Airtype is definitly faster than the 16 supertype and handles a much greater wind range. The relaunch is as easy as any low aspect kite I have ever flown. I would reccomend getting a hold of a production Airtype, ensuring it is inflated well and trying again. AS for the type 5's... I flew a proto 2 months before you flew that one and it was a great kite. No jellyfishing, great depower range and an excellent kite for waves for the advanced guys or anywhere from beginner to advanced all round kite. Awesome attention to detail and a strong long life expectancy kite. Go see if the final product is better than whatever it was you tried.