Re: 14 aero. 14 X2. Comparison.
- I had Aero 12 + 16 + 12 for a while and have now traded in the 16 and
20 Aero for an 18 X2.
Yes, there is more 'grunt' in the 20m Aero but the 18X2 is SO much
better to handle. It actually turns, something the 20 Aero has a
little trouble with. I find the 18X2 to be just about as fast as the
For big kites I would not be in doubt: Go for the X2.
PS: I ride an 5'5" Mutant in light wind conditions. Change to a
Takoon Boost when the wind picks up and then over to the 12 Aero on
short lines once the wind passes 18 knots or so.
--- In kitesurf@y..., "vcrombecq" <vcrombecq@y...> wrote:
> Thank you for sharing your experience.... I have a few questions
> about what you wrote
> You say the Aero would be better for rough water. But when using an
> Aero you have to edge very hard...and in rough water its often not
> easy to edge that hard because you constantly jump from one wave to
> another. So is the X2 not better to stay in control of the power in
> rough water?
> I'm looking for a big kite for lightwinds and don't know which to
> chose...AERO or X2.
> I was told that with the aero 18 you can start kitesurfing with
> wind than with the X2 18 (maybe 1 or 2 knt)...is this correct?
> But I will be able to hold the X2 18 longer...correct?
> What would you chose?
> I use an Underground DT 151
> Weight: 63kg
> --- In kitesurf@y..., "lekite88" <mail@l...> wrote:
> > Hi All
> > I have been using a 14 m Aero for about five months and have now
> > using a 14 m
> > X2 for about one month, I have had a good chance to compare the
> > kites.
> > Before I go any further all of my kiting is done in open ocean
> > lots of swell and
> > shore break, no flat water.
> > Without doubt the aero has more balls, especially at the bottom
> > which means you
> > can edge harder and control the power in rough water. It jumps
> > is extremely
> > stable and water launches with little or no problem, a great all
> > round kite.
> > With the Aero I use a 150 x 38.5 wake style board, its easy to
> > the edge and
> > control the power. I found that on the same board with the X2 it
> > much harder to
> > get going and if I edged too hard the kite moved so far to the
> > of the wind
> > window I would lose all power. But what a jumping machine!! and
> > stable for such
> > a high aspect ratio kite, I found that to water launch it was
> > I pulled on the
> > leading edge line that was on the bottom when the kite was laying
> > the water. All in
> > all I think that both kites are excellent but quite different.
> > AERO 14- you need a narrow board to hold the edge and control the
> > extra grunt.
> > X2 14 -you need a wider board, especially wider at the ends
> > maintain boards
> > speed, it is not so crucial to edge hard because the kite flies
> > far to the edge of the
> > window.
> > If you are a beginner or even have plenty of experience, you lose
> > nothing by buying an
> > Aero. I think in the rough water the Aero might be a better
> > as it is not always
> > possible to have high board speed and the X2 loves speed.
> > Bob Dawson
> > leading edge kite company
> > www.lekite.com.au
> > mail@l...