Well I have had the Judge through a multitude of different conditions here in our snowkite season and I have to say that this kite is a lot of fun. It has been mind numbing cold here in the winter kite season of Canada. Nothing better than feeling the warmth being sucked right out of you in minutes and knowing that others are enjoying the warmer climates
In my last session I have come to appreciate the aspect that I am rigging up a smaller kite than others but man I wish that it had a larger inflate valve!! Still quick to pump up and the lowend power of this kite is insane. Others that have been testing this kite all cannot believe the power that this kite generates and how it is comparable to the bigger kites that they are on. Granted the downside is that I am having to rig up a smaller kite when the winds start hitting the 26+ knots as it has too much power (I am sure that it will have better highend in the water as it requires less wind on the snow).
The bar that I have been using (2010 black Epic bar) still looks brand new and functions well. I like my Ozone bar a lot more but at some point I am sure that if I bug Dimitri enough I will have a 4G bar to compare to it
The Ozone bar is such a sweet design that it just feels right. The older Epic bar feels adequate but lacks the polished feel of some of the other brands that I have been using. It still works great and I believe that it just comes down to overall feel.
All in all I have to say that I am very impressed with the Judge kite. It is such a power packed, stable, easy to use kite that I cannot understand why I don't see more people using this kite. I am looking forward to seeing the new Judge kite that will hit the market in the near future and it sounds like it is going to be quite tweeked in its design. I am curious to see how this kite compares to what I really like about the judge and how the bridle is going to change its performance. I hope that it still remains the same handling and stability that the 3G kite has but just a better evolution in design.