Captain R, That's amazing. It seems a bit off by slingshot, same model should be relative. I can never afford to replace a quiver at a time, it's more a rotation of a single kite per year. I'm going to get a 2014 9m on basis of your advice, a better price now 2015 are out. I love my ten(2011) but it's getting worn. So will have 8, 9, 14, I can't get my head round that !
Well, it was a redesign so the platform changed. I thought the 2011/2012s were small for their size. When I was flying my 10 and people asked what size kite I had up, I'd always say "it's a small 10." I think SS caught on to the trend of everybody making kites bigger these days. Anyway, now when people ask what I have up I say, "It's a big 9." LOL
Somewhere I had an old post comparing the sizes, but I couldn't find it. Here are some pictures I had taken of the 2012 14M laid on top of the 2014 14M (which I ended up selling and buying a 12M instead). pic 1
, pic 2
, and you can see slight changes in the wingtip in pic 3
You'll like the 2014s...but as a mixed quiver it is going to be shocking because they do fly a lot different. It'll take some adjustment. You know how on the 2012s you wouldn't feel like you had enough power to jump, but then you did? We kind of got used to a very subtle feel of the kite and trusting the power was there. With the 2014 you feel the power and will know there is enough to boost. Still has great drift, relaunch, self land/launch, and is much more solid when overpowered.