Back when dinosaurs walked the Earth (1970-1990s), sport kite evolution was huge.
Low aspect ratio
Sometimes one kite would truly break the mold like the MEFM
turbo bridle, wrap around connectors, dynamic tensioned standoffs,
variable aspect ratio, covered leading edge connectors
Ever since the whole Nirvana(esque) design craze,
sport kites have reached a point where new models trade one
positive aspect with another negative aspect.
The number of videos being produced with amazing pilots doing very
similar trick flying sequences seems limitless. Certainly most of these
kites offer more possibilities than 99.9% of kiters will ever utilize.
Occasionally, one of these truly capable pilots will string together a few
of the known tricks in a new way, but the kite itself could be interchanged
with at least half a dozen others and the pilot would take about 10
seconds to adjust to the new sail.
How thin a slice of the super high end sport kite pie can one live on?
Viper Sport Kites gone
Blue Moon Kites gone
So does it come to merely a preference in the sail size and panel layout the
potential buyer will choose? What choices do we make?
The branches of the tree are becoming finer and finer.