I only have under an hour on the kite, so am still learning its (and my) capabilities. But it does do wonderful axels; I could hardly believe it was me flying it ‘cept I was indeed on t’other end of the lines. Cascades were beaut. Could also hold position doing Cascades and not descend if I wished, whatever that is called.
I had seen in a video (Chris Goff) the kite do a series of connected Coin Tosses dancing across the window, and that came easily to me; brought grins. I did try a Backflip to Lazy Susan and that came off well. Two tries at a 540 and got it on one -- some work on timing needed for me.
Mostly I was just flying it around and impressing myself with snap stall landings, axel takeoffs from one wingtip, and straight flying -- getting an overall feel of the kite. Quite precise and no wobble coming out of turns. On rails almost -- but a lot firmer, almost heavier feel than other kites I have flown recently (Deep Space, Talon, Wolf).
I am by no means an accomplished flier and don’t even know what many of the movement names mean or how to do them over and above those mentioned, but that doesn’t stop me from having fun, if you get my drift. I may even have done some decent moves completely by accident and didn’t even realise what I had done. The kite is of course more limited by my ability than its capability to be honest. (In golf terms I am a bit of a hacker.)
On the lighter 5PT spreader: just one brief go at it when the winds were down to a variable 5-10 kph, inland, and it was too much work in the heat of that day to stick with it as I had lighter wind kites to hand, but I will try again. More accomplished pilots could no doubt coax more. In my hands I reckon the lighter LS subtracts a km or maybe two at the bottom end, but it remains a big, heavy-ish kite and is certainly no UL. The UL version with the overall lighter build does shave a fair bit off the weight (specs say 290 grams vs 325). The specs also say the UL is rated down to 2mph, rather than 4mph, so that could be worth it for extending the lower end more, if that is desired.
Too early to say definitively yet, but for me I think I would want at least 10-12 kph and up for the Standard to fly comfortably without having to work at it some with footwork and perhaps the odd arm pump. Did not touch the bridle.
Hope that fleshes it out a little. Just my views.