Been riding F One for a few seasons. Really like the huge airs and the ability to ride up the line, wave riding etc. I am thinking it may time to sell them before they get too old, lose all value and try something new.
At the moment I am into kite loop tricks like the E16 and trying to start progressing onto powered tricks / unhooked. After trying a North Vegas kite I have realised that my F Ones are rather skittish in the air and the power delivery not anywhere near as smooth as the Vegas. Not ideal for confidence trying to get into "powered" tricks as opposed to send jump based tricks.
A local dealer offers great deals on Carbinhas, are they worth a look? The Vegas is expensive...I used to have an old 2006 or 2007 SB but did not like the pull on that kite. Very stable but got owerpowered easily and no room for riding down the lines. Constant fight your board edge vs the power of the wind. Pulled like a boat which perhaps makes it nice for wakestyle. Or perhaps all of this has changed? Worth taking a look? What model is similar to a Vegas?
Anyone tried the Bandit 6? Maybe this kite is more stable than the B5? The B4 is ok for stability but has too much bar pressure and lat pull.
I have a B5. Great for riding around like a banshee and throwing sent jumps. A lot of fun! Also great in waves. The North Vegas so smooooth. I rode them back to back, over powered on butter smooth flat water. Like riding a Merc after riding after driving VW Golf. The F one may be more fun but the control of the Vegas instills confidence and the smoothness is good for holding a solid edge, popping etc. May be good for learning new things!? Just very expensive...Could not get the Vegas to jump near as high as my Bandit but I think it is down to using different timing. Was jumping so high with my Bandit that day that I almost got scared. But I heard the Vegas did well in high jumping competition. Was in another thread. Would probably just need getting used to it.
johnny_dove wrote: Or perhaps all of this has changed? Worth taking a look? What model is similar to a Vegas?
2013 swtichblades are faster turning and lighter bar pressure than switchblades of the past, but still relatively slow and bar pressure is too much for me. Others love the high bar pressure so a matter of personal preference.
Cabrinha's new freestyle kite, closest to the North Vegas, is the Chaos.
My 14m 2013 Switchblade still feels VERY slow. not AS slow as a 2012 14m but definitely slower then a 2012 12m.
It does definitely have less bar pressure though and better relaunch then previous years. IDS doesn't seem to work quite as well on the newer switchblade though. Seems like the kite doesn't flip on its back quite as easily as previous years.
Get the bandit six and pair it with the north 4 line bar, last years bar is way cheaper and in my view better, had all the bandits and Vegas kites even this years, I have settled for the bandit six, but I still own a set of bandit Vs, they are too close to call, but way better than the fours.
The F One bar set is a pile of poo.
Yeeeharrrr wrote:Get the bandit six and pair it with the north 4 line bar, last years bar is way cheaper and in my view better, had all the bandits and Vegas kites even this years, I have settled for the bandit six, but I still own a set of bandit Vs, they are too close to call, but way better than the fours.
The F One bar set is a pile of poo.
My 9 M is a Bandit 5. I do love it. Very lively. But the Vegas.. so smooth. Did you try the 12 M Bandit 6? Any good? The bar pressure on my B4 12 M gets annoying after getting used to the B5. The bar is ok on the Bandits only the release does not work ...Does not flag. No matter where you put that stopper ball.