but it is interesting to know before we get on these kites, so then we have a larger knowledge and it may help us.
Someone from Slingshot can answer it, since they offer both!!!
I can give you my perspective.
Take stacey my rep, in fact any kite boarding professional, for the most part they "know" 4 line C's and 5 line which depending on its variety and the brand you ride has only limited affect on the riding style, by and large they dont like the feel of bows, the lightness at the bar, or the timing of the jumps and the depower even in the air that the structure of hte leading edge of a bow has. (The leading edge cannot be as structured as a C, or it wouldn't depower the way it does, this also exacerbates what y'all call inverts)
Me, I've had one smash too many, I've lost count of the drags, smashes, and even serious accidents, that being kite test dummy of 1st out of the box kites has done to my confidence over the years, so I love the bow concept. Never have been a real high end performance rider, way too old so dont really know what I'm missing nor do I care.
So its 2 different riders 2 different desires, now equally catered for either by riding a bridled leading edge or a 5 line.
Now I'm slowly coming round to the fact that if I let go, when things go wrong, it all stops (Or at least it should) But with a fifth line, you physically have to unhook (which is O.K. for highend guys since for the most part the shit they pull they are unhooked when it all goes tits up) to enter safe mode. Now its been my experience that you dont get time, you may be lucky and survive the first bounce conscious then pull the safety, but very often if you get yanked for whatever reason, it comes hard fast and you have no reaction time.
We've just had a week of flying a kite designed to use either method, it flys totally different to the point you'd think you were on entirely different brands of kite. The jump timing has to be earlier on the bridled version and the height isn't there, but the glide is greater, just like a bow.
Switch to 5 line C style and thats what it acts like, which most of the better riders were used to, and so that's what they liked.
At the end of the day we all like what we're used to, and if it somehow crisps it all up then we're sold. So there's nothing earth shatteringly different going on here. Bow riders will still like bows and C - 5liners will still like 5 liners, only problem will be spotting the bullshit when it comes, but thats just down to trial and error just like it always was.