Right now I'm have fun in 8mph on a 15 contra. Today I was doing laps while a 17m Best TS was doing the walk of shame, and I have probably 30 pounds on the other rider.
You are definitely a much much better LW experienced kiter to do so and you know it
I would have done laps also( but much faster than U) in 7kn on my 19 riot xr3 + nugget
Manufacturers need to step up to the plate and stop making only 15-16-17-18m2 kites for true LW
Those sizes are for the ladies or popcorn fart weight
Ozone knows that.....Core knows that....Flysurfer knows that
19 and up will always rule the LW
I was excited when we got the Core 19 in, as I'm always the heaviest guy riding and need more power. However, my (and some other local riders) observations were different. When compared to the Turbine, our current light wind champ, we found:
1)Turbine 17 has better low end than the 19 Core. That would seem counterintuitive, but that was pretty evident to those of us that rode them back to back in the same wind.
2)The Core 19 was faster turning than the Turbine. That would ALSO seem counterintuitive. My guess is that whatever they did to make the Core so fast turning for a big kite, that they did it at the expense of low end grunt.
3) Best relaunch in light wind was easily the Turbine. I have yet to find a kite that does this better.
Now, there are definitely things that I like better about the Core. The valve inflation system is great. I love the bar and the above the bar depower system. I don't care much for the below the bar depower on the Turbine. I really never use depower on kites when riding, but for teaching, it's nice to use and the Core's is just easy. And the Core's faster turning makes it a little more fun for tricks/jumping when the wind comes up a little bit. Of course, when the wind comes up a little bit, I'm not going to be riding the big girls in the first place.
I can't speak much for the Nugget, as I've never been on one, but this conversation was about the comparison between kites and I guess I'll just leave it to that.