Part 2 GTS2 review
Had an amazing day for this time of year at sherman island.
It blew 20-30 mph all Day
Kiteloops: this is supposed to be one of this kites design goals.
I only have the 10m so I put 21m lines on and the first kiteloop I through scared the heck out of me. The kite rotated really fast and gave me a psycho blast not Only downwind, but vertical as well. What was instantly noticeable compared to other kites I've looped is this kite gains power and boost on the upstroke, so as the kite comes up from the bottom of the loop be prepared for a serious ripper blast. After that I had to back off a bit to try and tame this beast a bit as I was not used to that feeling. The kite floats incredibly well and is more stable than any kite I have flown. If the lines go slack the kite just flys itself down wind and doesn't jerk you when it catches wind, pretty insane.
With some careful control at the bar I was able to learn how to control the power and turn radius of the kite and the loops can be tame or psycho depending on your desire. I did eventually put the rear lines all the way on the forward wakestyle setting and wow perfect feedback and bar pressure for kiteloops for me. I like to really feel and know where the kite is, so heavier bar pressure was greatly helpful. Plus the kite felt way more stable on this setting. The kite setting are very different so experiment with what you like, there is sOmethimg for every one on this kite.
I was in the river so no wave, but I went way up wind to get some downwind runs doing cutbacks and jibes to see how it would feel in a wave. the kite turns super fast and doesn't yank you forward when jibing. you can really just flick the kite around and ride right at it and it just floats with you. The pop is amazing! You can jump off the wind swell and get great air and hang. This is more a pop where the kite is stationary and you turn hard at the swell or wave lip and release and you get nice strong smooth pop and the kite just floats with you and you can do a grab or rotation and not even think about the kite.
Jumping: good lift and depending on where you redirect the kite during your jump the kite gives a nice hang time. In order to get better float you need to bring the kite forward early inthe jump otherwise when you send the kite back it will slow you down and give you more vertical movement and less hang time. You just have to learn the kite. The Xr2 jumps better and hangs sooo long! so if easy riding jump festival is your thing get the XR2. The Gts2 has nice vertical lift and will send sky high in strong wind, but it doesn't hang up there like the xr2 and the xr2 jumps really well in lighter air, but the Gts2 has better pop for unhook tricks in light air. There is a trade off in the two designs and the blessed Germans know how to dial it infor each design. Core really is an amazing company and they make kites for the public with all the safety and performance at the same time. I have been riding core for 4 years and have been well served by them. Customer service is just as incredible as there gear so you won't be disappointed.
My conclusion for now is the xr2 and GTS 2 are both great all around kites. The GTS will be better inthe waves and the xr2 will satisfy boosting and hangtime junkies. For serious kiteloopers and unhook riders the GTS2 will greatly bless you. For the aspiring loopers the xr2 can loop well and has a nice loop that won't scare the hell out of you, but is nice and powerful and quick through the turn not a gutless loop. Both models in the 10m is a 1kite size for me 185lbs. The bottom and top end of both kite is insane and the GTS has great top end and With a much better upwind angle and less lateral pull downwind than the GTS1. The upwind is really pretty much the same between the xr2 and the GTS2, it was hard to notice the difference.