@TomW Thanks for the info! The 17's are for sure NOT for snow. For very light wind days in the summer. Here in Utah, the lakes by my house get a Thermal Breeze from 11-4pm that shoots up the canyon from desert like conditions. The air is very dry here too and Ive been shut out a lot as during the time window, the winds start out around 7-12, pick up to 15+, then calm back down and eventually cease. My 11SB here in the summer is good for about 1 -2 hours. The 17 gives me a full 5 hours on a normal thermal breeze day. But I mostly warm temp kite at my place in Puerto Rico and Im headed back there at the end of March so that's why I want to take one back there with me. While PR certainly has share of 15-25 days, they also have a bunch of 8-12 days (more than you would think). Its mostly calmer there in the winter and early summer. Winds pick up in the fall around Hurricane season (no surprise). I only had winter conditions to get my hands on the core 17 and get a feel for it. As far as quiver goes... I just got into the sport last year so Im still learning ranges and optimizing range. Also, boards play a role as you all know. I have learned that for my body weight, on a lite wave wing, the absolute bottom range of my 11 SB is 12 knots. Could probably go with a directional LW surf board to squeeze down to 11 knots, but at that point, its worth me just getting a LW kite. I currently carry 3 TT boards: Litewave Wing 149, Litewave carbon Kick 139 and 135. I'm still learning directional boards, that seems like a possible investment later in 2014 as I advance. But I have learned that I HATE staring at the beach with winds at 8-12 and not being able to ride!!! Hence the initial desire to invest in a LW kite quiver.
I hear ya on the 15m... I even asked the shop owner his opinion on that and he said the 17 stretches the thermal breeze window we get. But I def considered it and still am. I really liked the Core 17 as it didn't feel too crazy at 15 kts. The Contra was a bit more challenging to de-power at the top end. Again, mu goal is to have a LW kite for PR and also a kite that will let me ride for the full thermal breeze window we get here in Utah in the summer.
One of these days I'll grow a pair and get a 8 or 9 to use in the fall in Puerto Rico. But on snow, I usually use my 11 on the low wind, light pressure settings. Super fun!
@Westozzy... good info... I don't do a lot of crazy tricks right now. I just cruise around, go fast, carve upwind, do some toe side carves... A few boosts, but no crazy airs or spins. Im 35 and one bad crash away from being sidelined for a while. Getting older sucks but sports like this keep us young
SO free-ride is more my things. I do throw in a wave or two in PR if conditions are right.
Sorry for the novel... just love the sport and appreciate all the insight from everyone.