I bought the 12m Nitro 2 when it first came out and agree with the construction being awesome. I sold it after about 5 sessions because it pulled too hard. I weigh 155 and in 18 knots I could fly upwind but after a jump or any trick where I needed to land downwind, the kite would not stop pulling to allow me to regain my edge. Many times I needed to stick my ass in the water to stop the downwind pull. The wind range is very narrow for these kites in my opinion and I love to fly powered but this one was too much for me. I since bought 2 new Ozone Edges 9 & 11m and couldn't be happier. A much better kite all round in performance but not built like the nitro 2. Anyhow I don't crash often so I'm sure the build quality of Ozone will do just fine.
Great honest reviews on here.
However at around 155 pounds in 18 knots I personally would not be riding a 12m nitro2 (twin tip)
The kite has solid power.
I would have been on a 10 m kite with out any question. Lot more efficiency would have come out of it this way. (twin tip)
Food for thought I have 230 pound riders on 12m nitros riding waves in 15 knots on a surfboard at my local spot.
Every one has different tastes but it does help when you are matched up with the right size canopy for your conditions and size.
Enjoy and best winds.
I can appreciate your interests in backing up the kite Felix. No doubt, its a great kite. When I first looked into getting the kite I actually spoke with you and informed you of my riding style and that I rode Rebels and I wanted to replace my 12m. You gave me the hands down recommendation on the 12m Nitro 2 and said it had many of the same characteristics (maybe you said specs) of the Rebel. I found that to be very far from what I expected. I did try it in lighter winds as well. About 12 knots one morning. I still had much of the same problem. Perhaps I just dont weigh enough and I couldnt keep a strong edge when sending it for big air. It seemed to want to pull me off my edge well before I was ready. Got some nice airs off of kickers and waves though.
You say people use this kite to surf waves? Really? I found it impossible to ride waves with a mostly side on wind. Easy to outrun the wave though
I still have the original 16m Nitro 1 that I still love and can ride up to 20 knots, however the nitro 2 has way better drift, bar pressure, and relaunch.
I dont mean to bash the Nitro 2 at all. My honest feedback is simply to inform future buyers the kind of ride they can expect. It just didnt work for me and my hooligan riding style. Only lost $100 on the resale so no biggie. I was more disapointed with your recommendation but again that probably wasnt your fault also.
Cheers mate, see you on the water.