Doesn't the loaded 5th line keep the LE small? I've been on 5 line kites since day one, I would never go to a 4 line on safety alone.
Overly small leading edges suck no matter how many lines you use, squishy kites are not good.
Kites fly perfectly great with properly sized leading edge tubes, big enough is good, too small is not.
The Rebel does not really need the 5th line, the Fuse proves that (like I said in my last post).
Some good kites would have been better with properly sized tubes, Best Nemesis for instance.
Four line kites are perfectly safe and much safer in the waves than a five line kite.
You never spent time getting to know a four line kite?...try it you might like it!
The Rebel is a sick kite and the D2 canopy is the best material available at the movement which keeps the kite super stiff.
The D2 material is from the same company that makes canopy material for everybody else. Really James, look into it, North has an exclusive on a name, just like Sears has an exclusive on the Michelin tires they sell. Discount Tire and Sam's Club also have an exclusive on their Michelin made tires.
As with all purchases try before you buy, if money is no object though go North.
So you are insinuating that the most expensive kite brands are better because of the prices they charge the consumer?
There are a few kite brands/models I would not fly, even if they were free, because they fly like shit, price is not a factor.
There are other kites I am willing to pay more for (Wainman, Epic, Ozone, RRD, Airush, North).
It has everything to do with how they fly and nothing to do with what are the most popular brands, most expensive brands or largest kite companies.
If you're looking to buy new check out the 2013 Trust Bar.
Have you seen the price of that thing!!!