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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

Postby JimmyRyder » Wed May 07, 2014 1:52 pm

'mike dubs" => Thanks for your personal comments on this kite.
Since the dealer didn't have this kite in stock and also because I didn't have too much info on it, I already ordered the 2014 ENVY-12m for now but intend to get me the SOLO-15.5m later this summer. From what I understood on that size is even better for Light Wind.

Anyway I think if we keep adding the comments here on this SOLO model in short time we will have a more complete review (from regular Joe like us rather then paid advertising), so as I was saying let's keep this info line up and running and we should have all that counts soon. Thanks again for your effort.
:D

mike dubs wrote:rode the 9m on demo today, courtesy of the Kitesurf centre Camber sands UK. started off about 15mph to 25+, on a surfboard. Nice canopy material, v quick to inflate, solid shape in the air. Open shape compared to my Airush waves C shape. powerful for a 9m, turned quite quickly but slower than my Wave, needed a good initiating pull, lot's of lift for jumps and the flutter isn't bad when depowered either. would suit a lot of people.

Will try the 6.5/4,5 tomorrow to see if they are quicker. Nice kite though.

Mike

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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

Postby stringy » Sun May 11, 2014 7:46 pm

I had the opportunity to jump on a 9m solo in hood river this weekend. winds a little gusty in the upper teens low 20s. I first thought ok this might be a good option for foiling because it seemed light. after a quick 15 minutes trying to ride his carafino foil, I grabbed my twintip and headed out to the channel. pretty impressed with how well the kite could boost. kite has great response and actually handles the gusty wind very nice. took it up to the white salmon bridge and had a blast with loops in the flat water. I've been used to a kite giving me a nice soft landing on a downloop, but when I tried it with the solo, I found it was so quick with full power thru the loop it would pull me back up before landing on a downloop. super fun! on the way back to the event site I chased some swell and found this kite drifts very nice. LE pretty small and a simple pulleyless bridle making the kite lightweight. bar pretty comfy and intuitive. good use of orange on the bar making it a no brainer which side is port and where the release is, anyhow IMO it's a kite you do want to check out. here's some shots of the solo.
good job liquid force!

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Style: Free-Ride; Snowkiting;
Gear: 2016 Liquid Force - SOLO - 15.5m
2017 Liquid Force - NV - 10.5m
2017 Liquid Force - ELEMENT CARBON - 139cm
2017 Liquid Force - HAPPY PILL 4'1" - Hydrofoil
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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

Postby JimmyRyder » Mon May 12, 2014 5:51 pm

Thank you very much for your input "stringy",
With your review of the SOLO 9m experience got me thinking that I made a mistake after all getting me the 2014 Envy 12m, maybe I should have gotten the SOLO 9m and 15.5m quiver (thinking the 12m and 15.5m would be too close to count overlapping the wind window together).
Anyway is good to know and maybe after I have a little fun with my new ENVY will sell it and get ma a SOLO 9m waiting for the 15.5m to come out later this summer.

So as we see overall per this Topic new comments, new reviews and new personal ideas on this subject make us change our minds (talking about myself now :D )


stringy wrote:I had the opportunity to jump on a 9m solo in hood river this weekend. winds a little gusty in the upper teens low 20s. I first thought ok this might be a good option for foiling because it seemed light. after a quick 15 minutes trying to ride his carafino foil, I grabbed my twintip and headed out to the channel. pretty impressed with how well the kite could boost. kite has great response and actually handles the gusty wind very nice. took it up to the white salmon bridge and had a blast with loops in the flat water. I've been used to a kite giving me a nice soft landing on a downloop, but when I tried it with the solo, I found it was so quick with full power thru the loop it would pull me back up before landing on a downloop. super fun! on the way back to the event site I chased some swell and found this kite drifts very nice. LE pretty small and a simple pulleyless bridle making the kite lightweight. bar pretty comfy and intuitive. good use of orange on the bar making it a no brainer which side is port and where the release is, anyhow IMO it's a kite you do want to check out. here's some shots of the solo.
good job liquid force!

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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

Postby windfreak74 » Tue May 13, 2014 12:23 am

when will we see more info on the kite in the website?
when will they be available for sale in us?

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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

Postby dracop » Thu May 22, 2014 11:07 pm

I would love to try this as a lightwind kite using the 15.5m

If it comes in stock midsummer, I will have to hunt for a demo of it. I was out kiting with my 16m 2013 NRG yesterday in light winds and it felt so heavy in the air its not even funny; turns were agonizingly slow despite tuning it for quickness. Just 2-3 knots more and it is really quick but I die right there at 15mph; even without attempting to to get on the kiteboard the kite is just sluggish at that point (it does provide enough static grunt for boarding but its boring without the ability to do useable turns for tricks).I think for sub-15 mph (13 knots) this might be a better option, would definitely want to demo it though. An interesting design - the exact opposite of the heavily structured NRG Light Breeze.

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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

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Re: Liquid Force Solo kite - anyone have any comments / revi

Postby small wave kiter » Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:00 am

I wrote my comments here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2385670


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