I am posting these thoughts here, just to tidy things up. I didn't realize there was a specific thread for this kite.
That said, there is some video.
I flew this kite on 35m lines in standard Trondelag wind (read 'crap').
On the initial build, I got annoyed with the yo-yo lines. The bridle has three legs to the LE, and has several other keeper lines...long leader-like ends, and a yo-yo line. Once I got it all straight, it was not a problem, though I wonder if this was my kite if I would keep this, or install stoppers. (I had never flown with yo-yo lines, and there might be some advantages, but my Lewis is still a work in progress. It made me wonder if the combination of stoppers and a yo-yo line was a good idea.)
As Zippy says, this is really only an issue in proximity to the kite bag.
Tracking is good, although what you see in the video is not. I have to say, even kites with oversteer (like my V2) are capable of straight lines and snappy corners. From my perspective, precision is a pilot choice more than a kite characteristic. However, you can get the kite to almost stop as it turns (using the push push pull French way), and this is tasty indeed. (I have been ridiculed for my not-so 'sharp turns' and 'straight lines' on FA before, so for the hardcores out there...take this comment with some seasoning.)
The kite requires rather large inputs (which for me translates to 'easier' precision flying). I am coming from the Sea Devil as a baseline. I consider the Cosmic, the SD, and the V2 (Diablis) I have to be very similar in this respect. I couldn't fly the SD very well after 30 minutes with this kite. (Same thing happens to me when I fly a Nirvana for a while
This all being said, I like it. I did have trouble with flic-flacs. I occasionally found a deadspot in the flare which exited to a backflip (turtle) often. This could have to do with conditions as well, because occasionally it was just fine. Since I can flic-flac a Cosmic now, I am sure this was more my problem than then kite's.
Half axels and the cascade are big movements, but very very nice. The cascade can really float in nearly slow motion (when the wind is smooth), but if you want to do these aggressive, maybe try it's little brother. I love to transition from the cascade to the comete, but this I had loads of trouble with. (Not surprising, it's hard.)
On my second outing of the day, the backspin cascade came around. Again, not the strongest trick in my personal arsenal.
The Jacob's ladder was easy enough, although I really needed to walk backwards to pull to the fade and keep the kite from falling too much. On my field, this makes me quickly run out of room (while approaching a 7m drop), so I didn't get this on film. Again, as I mentioned elsewhere, in the second session after the rain, the JL was really tasty for me. I have been working tirelessly to get this trick humming on my other kites, so I was very pleased with this. (The V2 can do this trick so fast it's almost crazy! That's why I think I loved it on this kite so much...more time to think!)
I set out yesterday to get this kite to do a taz machine (and at times, I thought it really wanted to do it, too). In the second session, these started to flow nicely, and occasionally were really spinning 'on a pole'. Slots are also nice, but you need to give it loads of slack to get them flat (after the video, these went even better). I often got line wrapped around my hand while doing multislots, resulting in some awkward exits and crashes. I expect that would go away with a little practice, but I think this speaks to the sort of slack I was dealing with to get the rotations I wanted to see.
The kite is surprising light on the lines. And it's very well made. If I saw anything that raised my eyebrows, the nose material is not as tough as I have come to expect on kites. Certainly compared to a Sea Devil nose, it's significantly thinner (smooth dacron?). I guess this also is a minor thing, as anyone buying this kite is not a beginner. (And Paolo mentions in the 'demo tour' thread that this is actually not the case. The outer layer is not the only layer, and in this case...it's a very nice nose indeed.)
I have the general impression that the large inputs lead to very reliable trick execution, with fewer errors, and more control over timing. Thus, I do think this kite fits it's bill as a team kite, and would likely serve very well in this role. Doing synchronized flying and tricking with this kite would be cake by my estimation. Kites that trick faster of course present many more opportunities for the fliers to become out of synch, and the graceful slow tricks on this kite would almost guarantee that a competent team would look quite amazing with a pair of these.
After reading the response to my initial post from Paolo, I am curious as to what this kite would feel like on my longest line set. Too bad I don't have an appropiate location for these anymore.
Finally, I want to include here that I have been really working on the 2pt landing lately. This kite is great fun for these. It was even fairly easy to get a snap lazy landing coming from the top of the window, which is one my new favorite tricks.
Again, I really enjoyed flying this kite. It renewed my lust for bigger and bigger kites for sure.
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." L daVinci