vkngktr wrote:I have to agree that any kite designed specifically for waves are poor low end performers. I have been riding Best Cabos and have tried others such as Drifters and I am always on a bigger kite and find they are poor upwind performers. They are deigned to sit back in the window hence better drift but a sacrifice in upwind ability. I just switched to Airush Lithiums and found the upwind performance of my 7m better than my 9 Cabo with the same wind. The Lithiums are definitely more punchy in gusts which is troublesome since I mostly ride strapless. I do like the light bar pressure, ability to handle gusts and wind range of the wave kites. If I am confident the wind will stay strong or I'm doing a downwinder I opt for the Cabo.
Sorry l have to disagree with you,on some points, and it would be great you would test a Switch methodv2, which has the complete opposite, than what you are saying.
First of all it has a thin leading edge, which makes it fly far forward into the edge of the windwindow, this results in a very good upwind.
Because of its shape, it gives you a good low wind , but still is a very comftable kite in its higher range.
In your jibe it builds a nice linear power, which pulls you in a nice controlled way through it ( ofcourse you need the jibing technique to be able to feel the benefits)
Overal barpressure is medium, but you always feel where your kite is...so every kite on the market has its differences,
My advice to the post starter, try before you buy...