Have recently switched to the Lift 170 classic, not the slightly thicker profile surf wing. Mine is one piece with integrated stab, not the two piece like the surf wings in the clip above.
I'm 175 lbs in my 5th season foiling. Cracked my tacks and switches pretty well last season. I had started on a standard freeride wing in the 500 square cm range, stepped up to 700 then to 1200 this spring. Those steps were great and I was happy with the size but also knew I didn't need to go any bigger. My previous wing was very thin and still plenty fast, felt really great while carving, but was a little skittish in a straight line.
If I were to describe the Lift in a word it would be smooth. It was a major change that felt a bit like cheating. Everything got easier. It is just as carvey as my last wing, but has none of the challenge when you track straight. Every aspect of the ride is smooth as it is really pitch stable across all speeds. No sudden shifting your weight forward when you suddenly accelerate, which suits me well as I am on and off the throttle like a dirt bike. It has slightly less area than my previous wing, but much more lift. Starts up earlier on each kite and I rig down in lighter winds now. That pitch stability also means easy foot switching. I intentionally chose the classic wing for it's thinner profile as I like having some speed on tap. It is great in this regard and can go plenty fast. The added stability is a confidence boost so it's easy to access the speed. To my surprise it can also go a fair bit slower than my previous wing and has a softer stall warning. My previous wing could go pretty slow but had a sharp stall that I encountered sometimes working on new tacks. On this one I never seem to stall. You feel it coming and it pumps much better than my last foil so you just kick in with the back leg and your good. The pumping is a major difference. I ride with a lot of little rear foot pushes in my hard corners or "off the lip hits" and this foil responds with much more drive. It's also a lot lighter than my last one, so those quick pump direction changes feel nice and snappy. I'm missing my surfboard a lot less than I did last year.
I wasn't going to jump up to a carbon foil for another few years, as I was pretty happy with my last foil and still content on the learning curve, but when I broke it, I had already done most of the research. Only took a couple of hours to break down and order the lift. It was shipped the next day and arrived across the globe two days later. I sessioned it twice within a week of breaking the old one. Really appreciated that. The custom fit covers are a really nice detail. My choice was driven by much the same factors as initially choosing the Zeeko I started on. The company has a clear track record of their own R&D. Lift have been making carbon foils for over a decade and had a big retooling after their shop in PR burnt down. They came back strong, so I figured they not only knew something about foils but had the opportunity to tweak construction/manufacturing with a 2.0 shop set up. They have a sizeable lead in producing E foils, so I figured they likely also have pitch stability over a broad speed range figured out and... they do. I also liked that they are through and through surf oriented. Their goals in foil design felt most compatible with my riding goals, so I gave them a try. Have not been disappointed.
I don't get ocean surf, so I am not looking to surf without a kite, but I have ridden the Lift behind a boat and it is as nice there as it is with a kite. Just super smooth with none of the fore and aft hip shift when you accelerate down swell or across the wake. That has made my riding a lot more fun. I no longer really give much consideration to the fact I'm on a foil and just ride. The terrain ahead gets all my focus and I can ride with more aggression. Have yet to take it to the beach for some proper waves, but can tell all the "training" this summer at my local will pay off in spades when I get there this fall. Stoked to have that still ahead!
Foiling has been my focus for the past few seasons, but even last year I was quick to hop on my TT when the wind hit 20 knots. Not so much any more. This foil has made things easy enough at this point in my progression that I can ride hard but stay dry as long as I want while still tacking and jibing and 360ing my heart out. It's stepped me up to a level of competence I though would take a few more years, and now I'm afraid to say, I have turned the corner. Might never replace my twin tip gear as it ages.
This review is based on about 20 sessions in a wide variety of conditions.