I just ordered my Obsession 13.5m 2014 and can't wait to try it out. It should arrive some time in October.
I previously had a Vision 13.5m 2012 and was quite happy with that kite as it was my first kite and I still consider myself a beginner
In the beginning of the year I bought a second hand Obsession 9m MkIII and I really like its pull and the way the kite behaves (planing to use it for snow kiting as well)
As I am a bit "heavy" 90kgs 190cm high...I need a kite with a but more pull and with good low end as where I ride in Bulgaria the winds are around 5 to 10m/s most of the time...with average of around 7m/s. Hoping the Obsession will give me that little bit more power and better upwind compared to the Vision
Other kites I was looking at were RPM 14m 2013 but after seeing a few RPMs 2012 and they way they looked like 5year old kites...decided not to go with them. Was looking at the F-one bandits but didn't like their QR system...well they have changed for the 2014...anyways.
I hope a made a good choice and I will really appreciate if someone who has tried out the new Obsession 2014 write their opinion of the kite or share any info they have.
Congrats on getting a yourself a new 2014 Obsession 13.5. My 2012 13.5 is my favorite kite. I've only had a chance to take 2013 models out a few times and noticed a bit more bar pressure than the 2012. My guess is the bar pressure would remain the same or perhaps a bit more. Looking at the website, it sounds like RRD broke down the kite and totally revamped it.
If you watch the surf expo videos you can see they have changed their inflation valve. It looks like a single point inflation and dump valve but I haven't seen it up close. The bar changed a bit in 2013, no more O-S handles. If you liked the 9 meter you got second hand, you'll really enjoy the new kites. I haven't taken my 13.5 on snow but that kite has impressed me in light winds on the water many times. Taking the 13.5 out in such light winds I have often dealt with the kite falling out of the sky, mostly due to not landing a trick and end up over tensioning the front lines basically closing off the canopy to wind. Wherever I've snowkited, there have been severe lulls which I would assume cause this a bit on my big kite, so something to perhaps be on the lookout for.
It's not a big deal, you'll see the kite drop and see which side of the zenith it veers toward. An aggressive input on the proper steering line will recover the kite before it hits the ground. What color pattern did you choose?
And If does what they say, boosts more, has more direct power and huge hangtime...that would be my perfect kite to go into freestyle.
For the snow I would start only with the 9m one as it would be my first season snow kiting, so I would like to first see how it goes.
Next year I am also looking to buy a new board, as right now I only have a RRD Placebo 2009 which is good for light winds. So in addition to that I would like to get some freestyle oriented board...any ideas of what I should like at would be more then welcome.
Yeah the hangtime can be really nice. FYI if you are using a V4 globar bar, the front lines creep after about 10 hours of use so tune those bad boys up and have fun. If you aren't at elevation, the 9 should get you going on the snow ok.
If you are looking at RRD board specifically, getting your hands on a poison or style biax, maybe even a bliss. The bliss is really nice cruising in the chop. I have a Style V2 but carbon fiber eventually breaks when you start throwing down. It has insane pop though and mine still does even though its broken to a degree. The Style biax is less stiff and probably more durable over time. Something else to consider is maybe the Axis Vanguard, or if you want the carbon, the Limited. Lots of channels for a comfortable and aggressive ride.
I had a look at the boards and I really liked the posion 2013...Also the shop recomended me the North Team....but I am thinking of getting the new board some time in April...so will see what will get in the end...but for now the favorite is the poison.
I ride 2012 RRD obsessions with a 134cm shinn monk forever (82kg) and its a great combo. The obsesison is a fast kite and the shinn monk forever is a fast twin tip, together they complement each other perfectly.