Got my Soul 12 a couple weeks ago,
Generally wind conditions at lake Calima-Colombia (Home-Spot) are extremelly gusty so foil kites are a general no-no.
We have a few experienced foil racers on our spot going arround mainly on Ozone R1 V1's and R1 V2's, and I cant start telling you how many times they had to be picked up by a boat due to collapses, tangles, knot ties and water filled equipment.
Due to this I was really hesitant on getting a Soul, but oh god I was wrong...
The soul 12 behaves exceptionally well! launching from the shore, which usually is almost imposible on the Ozones R1's due to extremelly gusty conditions is as easy as a breeze. The kite literally eats gusts and whenever the wind dies down it just lightlly backstalls and gets positioned deeper into the wind window.
The kite is really good at going upwind, in both Twintips and hydrofoils, if compared with a high aspect inflatable (Cabrinha Apollo), the Soul seats closer to the edge of the window ang gives a more constand pull. When comparing to the upwind eficiency of the race foils there the soul fails to get the same angles, but just marginally.
Jumping is another great feature of the kite, my soul 12 really goes high, and the hangtime is amazing, although i ve still need to grasp the timing to land my jumps.
In conclusion, I m totally in love with the Soul, and I am seriouslly considering replacing my 9 meters pivot with a Soul 8.
Here i leave you a small clip I made last week.