I am thinking of getting a speed 3, and just wanted to know peoples opinions on what size would be good. My other kites are a 5m and a 9m so it would be a light wind kite, but I would like to be able to use it in higher winds too. I weigh 100 lbs (still growing) and would be using it on snow as well as water. Most of the time I would be on large inland lakes. It seems like it has a very large wind range so it would be nice if it could be my go-to kite in most conditions.
What are your other kites?
The Flysurfer Speed is a great kite., but very different from other kites.
It has great hang time, low end and quite good wind range.
Not a kite for wave riding down the line, yet quite nice up the line if wind is side shore. Side on or onshore not so much.
If your 5 and 9m are inflatos the speed 12m will feel very very different.
However low wind riding is fundamentally different.
For you size and 30 lbs more the 12m is your beat choice.
Regarding comparrisons with a LEI it's not as straight forward as you might expect.
With a surfboard the 12m Speed is equivalent to a 12m LEI give or take a bit.
With a less efficient twin tip (not a light wind door) the Speed will give you a bit more.