For me is just the best compliment of my biggest LEI, an Ozone Edge 13m.
When the Edge cannot fly, the Soul 15m opens me a whole new dimension of fun with it unmatched low wind stability, is just a whole new world apart, no tip tucking and shit like that other high end super mega race maximum performance foils have on it's lowest wind range. As long as you can pick a bit of speed it allows you a good boost in 8 knots!
I was very tempted to pick a single strut cause people say they are also stable in it's lowest wind range, but the also stated bad boosting hability of singlestruts kept me away... Until I tested the Soul. Yoy have the best of both worlds.
And I'm not a FS pimper, just test a Soul and get your impressions.
The problem with inflatables in very light wind is their weight and worse L/D is too much to make them fun to use. If you struggle to go upwind or kite falls straight out of the air, that is not fun. Hydrofoils open lightwind a lot more for tubes, but then they do the same for foils.
I tried kite racing yesterday, and there's a few really good guys, 4-5 good, 4-5 ok, then me. I've never raced before...
Point: saw a few different foil kites, which are rare here. The Soul is an impressive looking kite, it's beautiful. There as a 12 and 15 in the air. But at same time, it's not monkey proof. saw them in the water or bow tied: yes, due to pilot error in light wind.
The F1 DIABLO is super looking and there was several Ok guys on them and they had them in the air the whole time.
The good and really good guys had Sonic FR, Vmg, F1.
Remember, the Soul does not bow tie according to AL, plus, the errors never happen and the Soul promo vids are not controlled crashes.
It's a great kite that is and I'm looking forward to demo it. But also have my reservations.
The Diabolo is absolutely fantastic kite, many are flying it here.