I currently own a ozone sport 9m and a light 7m, but i am thinking of change the 9m sport for the royal era 10m.
nyckiteboarder, your friend that owns the ozones, he will change for royal era?
What are the major diferences beteen the sport 9m and the royal era 10m?
I am looking for a kite with more turning speed and more power for jumping.
for me there are some pretty significant differences between the Ozones and Era's in general with some similarities. I actually love the Ozones and they would have been the kites i'd have bought had i not liked the Era's so much. The 10M Era has a lot more low end than the 9M Ozone so if you're looking to relace your 9M Ozone i'd consider an 8M Era instead.
As far as turning speed and jumping are concerned the Era seems to turn faster than the Ozones. It also has a much more direct feel on the bar. My only complaints i have about the Ozones is that they have such light bar pressure that it's tough to feel where the kite is in the window when your eyes are off it (like doing a rotation or a back roll kiteloop for example). The Ozones also do not have as much 'pop' when it comes to jumping so the Era seems to be a bit easier to create pop. To be fair though all the guys who ride Ozones around here (and love them) say that you learn how to jump them pretty quickly.
The adantage the Ozones have over the Era is really in depower and possibly in range. I personally think the Ozones have more (safe) depower than any other kite on the market and probably more high end range than any other kite (at least of the many i've tried) out there. We still have not yet tested the high end of the Era's so only time will tell.
To wrap it up, the thing i preferred about the Era's to some of the other kites for jumping is that they hold their loftiness through out the jump even if you sheet out. With my Hyper Types, for example, i would drop quickly if i sheeted out during a jump. Not so with the Era.
In the end i think it just comes down to the individual rider's preference. The Ozones are amazing kites and are probably better suited for riders looking for the most forgiving kite possible. The Era's turn faster and have less access to immediate de-power which some riders might find intimidating. Best bet, as always, is to try and get on the water with one or buy from a shop that will allow you to trade it for something diiferent if you don't like it. If you are an above average solid rider i would be surprised if you didn't love the Era's.
Hope this is helpful info.