I had R05 and V05 12m last year (R04 12m before). I have rode and owned a lot of kites (too many in fact
After having and loving the 12m of last year, because i ride a lot in a wave spot, depower was my goal. So i went for a 9m bow as soon as they got out. Rode it for 6 months and got used to it. Switching Bow<->C didn't feel any good AND back to Cs made me feel at my 4y "home".
So, back to the point: Vegas 06 12m.
Depower: if my bow has 95% and a std C has 40%, Vegas has 70% without touching the depower and 80% using the depower. So much more that a std C but not close to my Nova 9m.
Power: same as last year (compared to my mates)
Upwind: amazing. Specially if you don't ride "against the know" you will fly upwind.
Jumping: huge, huge. Load it well playing with power/depower and then full power on the bar (in loaded sessions had to release bar to come down
Bar: So simple! KISS followed 100% like it should be. No signs of wear after a couple of sessions. I think that the rope has something as it left "paint" in the first couple of rides.
Speed: impressive both flying and turning.
Setting: 5th line at end, back lines at 2,5 knot from end of lines. Attachements at far end of front and back pig tails.
Quick-release: Easy to release and not even a sympthom of auto-open so far.
Now i understand the stoke around. The best kite i have flown so far.
Only had a problem: "eaten" by a couple of big waves left it with a a bunch of broken micro-battens. North sent me new ones right away and nothing else damaged. Will they keep replacing when needed? I hope so!
The 9m is very, very ballanced. I think they tuned it not to be too fast. Rode it at high 20s and with 27m bar and don't know where its top is! with 20m bar i thing i won't need the 7m...