We had the solo original completely ignored because we could not imagine that it also works in waves. Due to the wind forecasts and the very good recommendation from Liquid Force, we have decided to take the solo 12m ² in the testing pool.
The corresponding winds ran too many tests in the wind range of 10-14 knots and 15-19 knots. Rider 85 kilos, 105 kilos and 115 kilos, all three with waveboard. Once ridden the solo, we are all stoked! We had the opportunity to compare solo Kite with 2014 Rally in 14m and 2014 Switchblade in 12m.
Let's start with the bag:
Liquid Force uses dacron for the bag. The bag fits to the light weight of the Kite. You can certainly discuss the pros and cons.
This time LF offers the Kite without a bar at very low price. Included in delivery are bag and repair kit. Repair kit includes the Adapter for max flow Inflation system, so it is not necessary to buy a new pump.
Thanks to one strut design and max flow inflation system, inflation is done in seconds. The bar feedback in delivery status was a bit too low, therefore we used the inner knots with heavier bar feedback. The solo in 12m beat Cabrinha Switchblade 12m in lowend, upwind and turns faster. Lowend to Rally14m is equal, but solo goes even better upwind and turns faster. Person with 115kg and waveboard can ride upwind from 12 knots and hold the solo easily up to approx.18 knots. The bar feeling is crispy and comfortable to find the pressure point. For tricks you have to get used to the on - off effect. Quick generated in the other direction tear rattle in the towel but not too disruptive. Lift comes abruptly and with a long hang time.
Water relaunch is insane quick and easy, by pull a backline. We never had a critical situation that the solo will fall from sky. It's pretty stable in sky and difficult to drop. The Solo just floats with and keeps the line tension.
For which persons do we recommend the 12m solo?
- Low-wind with waveboard
- Beginner and cruiser
- very quick inflation
- low weight of kite
- lowend and abnormal upwind ability
- turns extremely fast for 12m
- park and ride feeling
- price performance
what we don't like:
- Rattle of the Kite in fast turns, but concept wise not really disturbing
- For special tricks with the waveboard some acclimatization period
Due to the great impression, we will now dare us with skepticism to the 9s solo. We will test it in the next days.
Special thanks again to Liquid Force for the possibility of testing, thumbs up!
Andreas, Daniel and Martin