If you are use to a crossbow 13m, pretty much everything in these size will seem fast as the crossbow is really slow. Really stable, really good range, one of the safest kite in gusty weather, lots of float, great upwind capabilities but slow.Randahl wrote:I have an '08 13m Crossbow which was my first kite, bought used a couple of years ago. I have acquired other kites since, but this kite has been my go-to kite. It has finally gotten to the point where there is more repair tape than canopy. (not really, but I ran out of kite-aid tape in my latest repair and I was wondering how far I should take this) I have flown other Switchblades of the same vintage, and they are alright. The main thing I love about my crossbow vs. my other kites is the jumps. I feel like it floats a lot longer. Now I am not versed in the history of every kite, so I was looking on this forum to see what the original design intent for the crossbow was. I don't know if it was supposed to be a jumper, a racer, etc. It seems higher aspect than my switchblades.
So I'm looking for recommendations for a replacement, (not new, what am I made of, money?), like a '11-'13 year model for my 13m. I was thinking a 14m. Something that boosts, something that turns. (I know high A/R kites float, but maybe don't turn) 13m seemed like an odd size, like a racing size. This would be to take out with the twin tip. I mostly spend my time edging upwind so I can try jumping as high as I can downwind. I am not a wakestyle type, I can't do complicated inverts and spins.
I would probably just use my Blade Unibar. Do they even make bars with 2:1 anymore? My switchblades have them, I don't like them as much as the 1:1 bar.
Just a good solid kite, people. I think the crossbow was (or maybe I think that because its all I know), just need a replacement.
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