Last week I was in Punta Cana and got to try the Hadlow ID 12m 4-5 times with winds going from 12-18 knots, sometimes gusty, but otherwise, steady.
The kite is amazing: lots of power, good hang time, easy to ride, and has nice graphics.
One problem is that I had a lot of difficulty relaunching the kite in the water, even if there was about 15 knots: the kite did not go to the side of the wind window when i pulled one of the rear lines and I was never able to relaunch the kite.. maybe more practice? or is it the shape that prevents it from relaunching?
Anyways, when I first tried the kite, it did not seem so different from a bow kite.
The lines are of great quality, which is helpful if you want to make the lines last. The grip on the bar is pretty rough, but you get used to it, and the bar pressure is strong, but not so strong that it's tiring.
Here is a video of me kiting with the ID with a GoPro mounted on a helmet and on the lines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=079AtkMP ... cq4_6opOEH