I'm planning to retire my 2009 helix kites (6, 9, 12 and 14) this fall - my plan is to buy the new bandit 6 ... But I have a hard time deciding on the sizes.
I have come up with the following alternatives:
A: 5, 7, 9, 12
B: 5, 7, 10, 14
C: 6, 8, 10, 14
D ?? you suggest
I prefer to kite in waves - but do freestyle as well. Im 187 cm and 82 kg.
Help and input will be appreciated
One can see that you ride in lots of different conditions (like we do here in DK), and that you are quite experienced.
And you have also discovered yourself (like so many others here), that a 6 and a 9m2 does NOT work for waves, too big a gap
And a 7m2 is too big for waves, quite often, so you need a smaller one for the "best" wavedays.
The Bandit has quite good pull, so if you used your 6 in waves now and then, then it might have to be a 5m2 as the smallest.
In this case, there is no doubt IMO, that you should go A: 5-7-9-12.
From 7 to 10 is a "just" possible gap though, and from 10 to 14 also. Not good but possible.
So if you can live with that, B: 5-7-10-14 is also a "cheap" choice for most windrange (I would never be able to use that though...)
If you rarely use the smallest kite - you could go 6 as the smallest.
Then you have to decide whether you find a 14m2 "Good" for freestyle, or slow ?
If you feel just fine with 14m2's, and you dont like to ride waves with big kites, go with C: 6-8-10-14.
If you find a "typical" 14m2 to be boring and feel big, you have to aim for a 12m2 as your allround and lightwind freestyle kite.
AND, it can be used in really light wind in waves too, if you like that (not possible with a 14).
In that case I would choose D: 6-8-10-12.
Personally I would go with A or D no doubt at all, but that is just me, I know.
I prefer a small step in the big sizes, contrary to what many others do - as there is a huge disadvantage suddenly, up in the big ones - so having a big step is a no-no for me here, as the biggest will just collect dust then, and I feel it is pure waste having it.
Whereas if the max size is only just a tad bigger this means you will more likely choose this kite when too low wind for the second biggest, and you will get way more good days
instead of riding underpowered with your second biggest often (as you tend to avoid using your big kite if in any way possible)
But if you enjoy freestyle with a 14m2 and find it "really good" - go with B or C.
Simply a personal choice and liking, whether you want a 14 or 12 as your "go to" freestyle kite.
Just some thoughts and experience from a 78kg rider.