I LOVE my Mako 140 and PyroPro dry suit, but my go to kite is a 2011 11m Cabrinha Switchblade. I also occasionally fly a 2012 8m Slingshot RPM, and a 2012 15m Best Taboo, and also ride a 2013 CrazyFly Raptor Pro and a 153 Lightwave Wing board. I’m 5’9, 155lbs male, in my 3rd year kiteboarding. I mostly freeride, like lofty jumps, and am getting into riding waves. I’m not into tricks and freestyle (yet anyway). I want to learn to do powered kiteloops (currently only doing gentle kiteloops while jibing). I ride almost year round, in Massachusetts.
I’m looking to replace both my 8m RPM and 11m Switchblade kites, and considering 2014 OR kites among other brands (Cabrinha, Switch, North…). I don’t really like the RPM. I love my Switchblade, though I wish it turned faster and had less bar pressure.
Based on the above info, I am seeking advice/recommendations on:
1. What OR kite model(s) and size might be best suited for my riding style and preferences? The Razor seems like the right kite, but perhaps the Prodigy might be a ‘wiser’ choice as a more forgiving kite?
2. What combination of kite sizes should I consider for a 2 kite quiver, in addition to my light wind 15m taboo?
3. Comparison of Razor or Prodigy with Cabrinha Switchblade, Switch Element & Nitro, and North Evo & Rebel kites.
4. Which of the 3 bars should I consider, and in what size?
Thanks in advance!