I have been flying the 2011 North fuse on snow for about a week now, I have been blown away by how friendly and durable this kite is. It is of course way more stable then any foil kite, and with its burley leading edge and "Snake Skin" trailing edge any part of the kite that may be in contact with the snow is protected, It has a super simple Bar that is inspected and certified in some crazy french test, but as a high flyer, glider, big jump, guy I like knowing the bar is bomber. (it seems like bar and line failure is more common then kite failure). The last thing any snow kiter want to do is hit the ground hard, and so far the take off and landings have been super smooth.
The kite really loops nicely making power through the entire loop, some thing super important for climbing! But even nicer for landing out of big glides. It is very easy to loop from up high out of the glide in either direction, and it double loops very well with a nice soft "catch " after the second loop, Other kites some time drop you from the sky after loop two. I have even been hucking on the little 10m, This thing is crazy quick and changes direction nicely enough to s-loop out of stuff with a nice set down also.
These things have it all, Burley sections that come in contact with the snow during relaunch, Amazing North only D-2 technoforce fabric(way stronger than an other fabric currently out!). Nice one pump, Very tempature friendly valves that have not become brittle in very cold temps. and nice easy Bar, lines and bridles that are easy to handle with gloves on.
Come and say hi if you see me out at a contest or just out riding and check out this sweet ride.
It turns out North has been making a amazing snowkite for years, Ken Winner has done so much thinking about how to keep the kite going on water while still being durable on land, that the surprise is a amazing Land n snowkite. North has been making foil kites and supporting snowkiting for ever, Now Maybe its time some one supported them in the US. Check out the North gear online and in person and see whats up.
Just like your pushey friends some times say....."come on man just try it, you might like it"
Thats all I am saying also.