I'm not debating Paul's observations here, just commenting as a "non-sticks" user.
larger wind window (kite doesn't fall out of the sky at the edges nearly as easily)
I haven't found the wind window to be any larger, although the kite might be more stable with sticks on the extreme edges... I don't know about the latter, haven't experienced it.
no more bow-tie, (half the wing can't invert over upon itself when teaching lessons)
I don't run into this when I give lessons, but I'm very particular about how
my students hold their handles.
no walk of shame, (it's much more difficult to snag a flying line)
Nowadays, I rarely walk down to the kite... There are ways to spin it around, even face-down.
Example... If the kite is upright on the ground, and falls towards me face down... I'll put both handles in my left hand, reach way out with my right and take hold of the right brake line... Leaving the other three lines VERY slack (to stay under the kite as it rotates), I yank the single reverse line and my kite will come around 9 times out of 10.
It takes a little fiddling to get used to, but it's pretty reliable.
better float, (you can release the kite entirely when it's inverted and it will glide straight down unattended & slowly)
The same thing is accomplished without sticks by using heavy brakes (reverse) as it comes down.
More stiffness or structure to the kite = easier to dump air and flat spin, flip inside out, 3-D movements, etc
Aye, this is true... However, the same tricks are doable without sticks using a little more technique.
weight increase of the training wheels is offset by the ability to use lighter weight components through-out
Can you expound on this Pauly?
The last benefit?
If, after a couple of weeks on trial-basis, you don't like it, they're easy to remove. Pull off the stand-off fitting & cut away the truss lines.
Indeed... Although you'll see a little "poke and nudge" between those who use sticks and those who don't, it's ALWAYS a good idea to experiment with EVERYTHING, that's how new styles and tricks come about.