I was thinking a 12m screamer. I have a 9m renegade and an infinity. I weigh 165lbs. Do you guys think thats the right size to fill my quiver? Also, has anyone replaced the 3 ring on the front lines of the Xtend bar with a swivel attachment? I was looking at replacing it with naish's or SS's swivel. I say this because when I loop my kite or do rolls my front lines always twist and I can never untwist them from the chicken loop. Dumb idea or brilliant?
I see you are getting a lot of help from all the kiters which is great. This is why we have forums like this one. Any way just wanted to share my thoughts about these 3 different type of models in order to help you choose your next kite.
was designed for an all around kite. For me it is my wave kite. I use it only in the waves. But people love the RENEGADE because it's good for everything you want to do such as jumping, wave riding, poping, unhooking, wake style and so on....
was designed for going big. If you are looking to do big jumps, big handle passes, big boards off, big kite loops then the SCREAMER is your kite of choice.
On the other hand the JUDGE
is a different animal. It is good for wake style and also for wave riding + having fun in different type of conditions. It doesn't have the hang time that the RENEGADE has and not even close to the SCREAMER jumps and hang time.
Rocky Chatwell who is one of our well know wake style riders use to love the JUDGE but after spending a lot of time on the SCREAMER and came to love the SCREAMER more because of the wake style tricks he can do in one jump since he gets more time up in the air. But it is not as easy then using the JUDGE kite.
Also for example I was in Cabarete few weeks ago doing demos and opening an EPIC dealer. If you know Cabarete you'll know how many kiters can be in the water at one time. Any way one of the Cabarete kids asked me if he could demo the SCREAMER 12 that I was using after watching every body coming out with a smile. So he did. This guy was doing triple handle pass and was going off. People could not beleive it on the beach. On the first jump he landed on the beach because he was not use to the hang time of the SCREAMER compare to what he rides. So after 40 minutes he came out of the water and asked his friend to ask me if EPIC was looking for riders since his English was not great. That day he did not want to go back to his other kite company which I won't mention the name.
So again it depends what you are looking and what's your style. Me personally I would recommend for you to go with the RENEGADE 13
since you already use the Renegade models such as the Infinity and the R9. But if you are looking for the hang time machine then go with the SCREAMER 12
Now concerning replacing the (3 rings) that are on the bar. You can customize your bar the way you want. And yes you can replace them with any other swivel in the market. But also our Swivel is bellow on the CL. Any way we are almost done with our new CL since we have been using some one else CL for the past 3 years while working on our own EPIC CHICKEN LOOP.