My original question concerned the FreeAir NOT the Airblast. My problem lies in the fact that you don't appear to be able to compare the sizes of different kites from a given manufacturer, so an 11m FreeAir is not the same as an 11m AirBlast. (if it existed)And its therefore really hard to compare a given kite size with another manufacturer.
Thanks for everyone's advice on this, you've helped me make up my mind . Why can't the manufacturer's get it together so that those of us who don't kitesurf yet, can buy the right kit to start with ? After all, we never had this problem with windsurfing sails, they only really vary from the stated size by about 0.5m and they are all pretty comparable.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., k man <fernmanus@y...> wrote:
> The Airblast 11.8 is much more responsive than a 15.5
> AR5. The reverse launching also works as advertised.
> I have not compared the 11.8 with the new 15.5 ARX.
> --- cglazier@h... wrote:
> > Dwight
> > I also got the ARX 11.5 as my medium kite and I am
> > considering the
> > 11.8 Airblast as my big kite (to replace my aging
> > AR5 15.5).
> > Is the Airblast 11.8 a really significant upgrade
> > from the 15.5?
> > Do you find a lot of overlap in wind range with the
> > 11.5 ... or maybe
> > should I consider an even bigger kite?
> > Chris Glazier, Vancouver