The ride actually does this in nuclear gusts. In the beginning it looked weird but it never folds up and leaves as a very stable gust eater.
Are you referring to the 'leaking' part Taut?
Sorry for the short message...I was on wine and a shitty pad.
The Ride LE wingtips moves closer when a gust hits, so it kind of reshapes the kite. One of the spots I ride is notoriously gusty, and so we think it is a great test for kites
The wind can go from 0 to 30 with direction changes even mid-air jumping. It can be challenging. So in the beginning I had the ride out I would pay closely attention to the kite as the gusts hits and as I loop the kite...when a nuclear gust hits the shape of the kite actually becomes a bit more C shaped.
Long time ago kites that displayed this behavior would sometimes fold which makes the jelly fishing (kind of like what an underinflated-kite does)..the Ride never did that and I think the way the shape changes is a huge advantage. It does not really change much when the wind just increases...
I do not know exactly how things work, and it took me quite some time to come to this conclusion...but I attribute its stability in gusty conditions to this feature.
Sorry - I was thinking of the Ocean Rodeo Rise.
I just checked a review on the Ride by Kyle who wrote:-
"The kite is dependable and predictable, but not one of my favorites. I've tested it yesterday and was disappointed. It turns lazy, there's no boost or pop. Not what exactly what you need for unhooked, loops and technical moves. It's more of a beginner kite... good for kiters that want a simple and clean session."
The point I would take from that is that if you load up to pop, its going to feel like a gust to the kite so you don't get the power and boost you want, so it may well be that a side-effect of auto gust handling is that you loose boosting power.