Big guy with some experience, Scout 2 or Rush 3 Pro?
I have been interesting in Power/Traction kites since I first saw them 20 years ago. Never had the money to get one and so I settled in to flying stunt kites. While I have not flown often I am perfectly comfortable flying two like kites, I fully understand the wind window and though I did not previously know the term, power-strokes.
I can take off and land, drag wingtips, fly patterns and strokes. I have no problems with flying while looking away from the kite, even in high winds and with my small fast kite. The last time out I flew for two hours straight and was wishing I had the cash for a power kite.
What I have not experienced is the pull of a power/traction kite. I am also not a small guy, currently pushing 265lbs.-270lbs with plenty of grip strength and a short stocky frame. This leads me to believe that a larger kite, which is more of a transition or traction kite might be a more correct choice for me as I make the transition to kite boarding. To that end I have been looking at the Scout 2 5m over say something like a Rush 3 Pro 3.5m kite.
I live in the Western Washington and the inland sites tend to to be a little sheltered from the wind, but the coast generally has moderate steady wind. So here I am looking for more opinions. Will I outgrow the Rush 3 Pro in short order? Will the bigger and more powerful Scout 2 be more then I can handle?