First and foremost a large demo day was held over here on the weekend and their was some good feedback on the new Neo. This is because the right size (a size one smaller than the equivalent rebel as a yardstick) was used for each rider.
As kites have become more specialised, more differentiated so to has kites within each discipline. To say a wave kite shouldn't jump as almost a physical law is limiting the truth. Even wave riders have become specialised in what type of wave kite they prefer. The neo has obvious delta influences, has a very good low end (hence on can put a much smaller size up), turns very quick, can jump relatively okay, but with that comes some bar pressure and like all kites with delta influence become and handful at their top end. The dice is C kite based, needs to be worked at it a low end, better to have one size up on the equivalent rebel, but with bridalling and sliders still performs markedly well at its top end.
One interesting aspect about the dice is changing the wingtip connections from the more powered "wakestyle setting' to the wing tip 'surf' setting does produce a significant performance difference. Jumping is no longer an option on the surf setting, it drops quick. Looping is faster but without considerable power. Low end is reduced. Becomes a fun fly and follow kite, loop down the line sort of approach, on the go powered setting a bit of both, but you need to watch the power spikes through the turns and loops on a wave.
Now jumping...you say the dice jumps...weeeellll that depends on your definition of jumping. Only yesterday I was on the new 12 rebel, my buddy on the 12m dice, side by side swapping at will. Both riding laluz TTs on The flat.
Now personally I use a simple board off to gauge hang time. I do 5 or 6 with the same technique and see what gives. Wind was only 15 to 17 ish so not nuking.... The rebel I was able to get a simple back tip board off, but needed to be precise. The dice forget it, one foot out and that's it. Now I've been on the dices for 6 months have the jump dialled in as good as any...I mean I landed a few but only just!!! Looked and felt awkward. So eventually I went back to the old dark slides, powered loops, rally's, black bla bla..what it is good at!!
..funny enough my buddy hasn't flown many kites with aspect and couldn't get the rebel as high as the dice!, hence all this talk is subjective based on the riders experience...I've flown rebels, edges VXs so I understand aspect and how to use it.
So does the dice jump...yeeees when powered enough, but it's no rebel, it's no Evo, That being said it doesn't drop you, some very predictable smooth hang time...except in the surf setting as mentioned you just drop like crap and are always forced to loop.
Let's be clear, the dice is no all rounder in the waves like a wainmen, lithium, trigger, catalyst and all those type of all rounders. It will smoke them all. It can hold its head up high against any wave kite....freestyle...yeh not as much slack as a Vegas...a lot less...but for powered hooked in freestyle and soft unhooked basic stuff it rocks. I've been on just about every wave kite that's been put out this year (except the new epic one, working on that) and from where I stand you are giving the dice not enough credit if you place it in the all rounder category as a wave kite. It's far more than that.
The Evo...I gotta try it again...the last kite I wish to demo again this year as I've been on so many I'm damn well over it to be honest. But I had the back lines way to over tuned when I tried it and I want to try it on the soft settings. But it will beat the dice on the jumps...the real jumps I mean. I'm sure crew would unhook them to but not as easy as the Vegas and dice, or to loop, we aren't all Tom Hebert I'm afraid. I wish I could handle the power of the Evo and do everything I do on the dice, but I'm honest when I say the consequences would be too much for this 40 yr old body...
So in summary even within wave kites there is so much differentiation now, to say a wave kite must of this and that is no longer apt. It depends on hey the riders skill, weight, board, wind and wave conditions. Also when you say jump....do you mean JUMP!!...or just....jump.