OK, instead of waiting for other fliers input I have had some of the Mayhems for about 2 weeks now.
Firstly as a company that designs gear mostly for wave riding they have made one hell of a freestyle and freeride kite!Jumping-
The Mayhem jumps a size bigger than it flys. This meaning I have been cruising, not feeling that powered and send it for a bit of a jump. Then up you go, as if you were powered up. When it is powered it jumps to the stratosphere, then hangs and then puts you down softly. The jumping characteristics of this kite are the best I have ever flown....Unhooked-
Firstly this kite is dead easy to tune for unhooking. It isn't so sensitive to tuning like other SLE and bow kites. The pop is relative to the power. Direct steering and C kite characteristics make it a dream to unhook.Turning-
Turning speed is great in all sizes. The 14 at first I thought was slow but if you crank the bar the speed really kicks in. Kiteloops have the right feel to them and the Mayhem is very easy to adjust the power mid loop when hooked in.Construction-
I won't delve too deep here but everything works well and simplicity is the key.
The Bridles are the shortest of any SLE kites we see here and refuse to create any problems.
The kite specs state a 2 layer trailing edge. The older Cautions were ripstop to the TE and would flog out after a few seasons. The Mayhem has what looks like a Dacron TE which should see out many seasons.The Bag-
I actually like the bag. The less straps etc hanging off the better I think. The bag is very durable and has a bar pocket and a small zipped compartment.Summary-
This is the best kite I have flown in 08 with no shortfalls in performance. Finally a SLE kite with no drawbacks or compromise in any style. For the first time ever I have switched from a C kite.
Kites I have owned this year- Naish Torch, F-One Bandit, Advance Kaiman, Naish Alliance, SS Rev, Naish Cult
Kites I have flown this year- North Rebel, Best Waroo, Cab SB2, Ozone Edge, Best Nemi HP, Core and a few more.