alexrider wrote:The question wasn't "highest LEI jumping kite".
Alex-Not really being absent minded.
I just have no experience jumping any of the three you mention and my post said SOME of the kites that get mentioned over and over in conversation or in magazine reviews.
Foils are kites that are flown by a very small percentage of the overall kiteboarding population these days, so they are not kites that get mentioned over and over again in forums and in magazine reviews.
Unfortunately, most kiters don't pay much attention to foil kites anymore, so they are off most of our radar screens for several reasons.
They are expensive, they are not great for freestyle/wakestyle, they are not winning races on the water, they are not showing up at the King of the Air contests or the major PKRA contests, they are not great surf kites, they are less versatile in my opinion, they are not from companies who sponsor big teams so they do not appeal to your average kite consumer (who tend to be sheep and go for the bigger companies product because they are average consumers and act like average consumers) these days.
So the foils often get left out of these conversations except by the few who remind the rest of us that they still exist.
I do not mean any offense to the folks that still enjoy foil kites for water kiting.
As much as lots of people like to argue about it being the kiter and not the kite, and how it's about how dialed in you get to any kite, or that you occasionally find the perfect ramp and perfect gust, or that it's only the kiters who ride really really lit, or all of the other "one off" reasons that are always given.
...there are still a list of kites that jump really well, under many conditions, for most kiters of various skill levels, on flat or choppy or wavy waters, and that they don't have to be super duper lit, and that don't need a kiter of super skills.
The kites I mentioned are kites that your average schmuck can get great jumps on.
I think that list is usually four or five kite models per year.
....In my opinion....which is only an opinion.