Flew the 2010 11M frenzy for the first time today. Noah's review is bang on! Early in the session, I flew last years 9M frenzy well powered in the morning. By 1pm, the wind backed off and I thought it a good time to rig the 2010, 11M for the next time out. Unexpectedly, the wind increased again and I got to fly it in light wind on a very fast surface for about 45 minutes. For the record: I am not a big air guy, but kite 30 to 40 days each season, the last three years. What I lack in "extreamism" I make up for in enthusiasm
I was surprised how easy the new kite filled in a light wind. Especially with the partially closed cells. Maybe easier than the previous open design. Once in the air one of the biggest changes is how the kite turns. It now pivots at the center of the kite. Its quicker turning and feels more responsive. Last years kites (and previous) pivot off the turning line. The difference is impressive.
The kite in light wind was much less likely to backstall or deflate. The wind was smooth today so I have no experience in gusty conditions yet. But you can tell right away, the kite is more stable, smoother through the air, and SOLID. The De-power seems better, by maybe 10% or so. I also liked the new anatomical bar even though I didn't really expect to like it any better than last years bar.
Each year Ozone has made changes to their kites in a evolutionary progression. The Mega Loop, The Y line, made the kites better in incremental ways. Safer, more stable. This year, the progression is more dramatic. Its the kite itself (and the bridal) that has evolved. Jumping two or three rungs instead of just one.
Happy Holidays, and a Snowy, Cold, WINDY, New Year! Cheers!!