There is quite a bit of hype about these kites alright!KITEWHIPPED wrote:I just returned from a 4 day trip to OBX and demo-ed Dimitri's Thruster kites (10m, 12m, and 14m) along with his 127 Skywalker board. I think I made a mistake demo-ing the equiptment b/c now I've fallen in love with it and can't stand the idea of flying anything else. I plan to sell my quiver of 2006 waroos (7m, 9m, 11m) and my 14m GK sonic to replace them with these kites. The kite reminds me of the Cabrinha Switchblade (another kite I love), but better. The safety system is as close as you could get to having a 5th line and it's foolproof. I found that with my waroos the only way I could guarantee that the kite wouldn't relaunch in high winds was to attach to the OSR, but inevitably this would stretch my line if I pulled the release in high winds. There is no way to stretch the lines when pulling the release on the Thruster. This hybrid kite has the pros of both bow kites and C-kites and none of the cons that I can see. It depowered well in gusty conditions, moved quickly and was super powerful with unreal hangtime. Considering the kind of air that Dimitri likes to catch, I'm not surprised that he designed this kite. What's amazing is that you don't have to be an expert to use this kite. I just had to share my experience. If anyone is interested in buying my quiver, let me know.
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