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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Airush
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Kite

3 strut SLE Allround kite

Designers Goals

Maintaining the characteristics that made the Lithium such a successful kite in 2011, the 2012 Lithium introduces a new three-strut platform with more power, increased range, decreased bar pressure, and improved hang-time. The Lithium 2012 possesses the fast turning-speed, easy relaunch, and power house low-end that has made it a proven all-around performer. Standing out as the easy choice for all levels, from beginner to advanced, excelling in all conditions.

Airush Lithium 12 - 14m are the Light Wind versions

Performance charts

Lithium performance charts

Bar

smart bar 3


 

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Airush
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 45cm-55cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kitereview Airush Lithium 10m 2012

Kite

Alrounder in the 2012 Airush kiteserie

Test conditions

Wind: session with 20-28 knots and a session with a gusty 15-24 knots

Water: flat & chop

Detail Photo's

 airush lithium 2012 one pump airush lithium 2012 profile middle strut airush lithium 2012 2 pulleys Lithium 2012  airush smart bar 2012 smart bar

Conclusion

The Airush Lithium is a true allrounder and scores high on many characteristics, which makes the Lithium a well balanced kite. No strange attributes, everything's tuned. Being suitable for beginning to intermediate kite surfers, this kite  is getting close to the Airush One. The main difference between the two is that the Lithium possesses a little more performance in lift, boost and height.

 

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great, pretty soft and small turning circle makes it easie to power-up in lowend.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

stable on the in hard wind, easy on the bar, in hard gusts head high wind window

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

+25 knots good depower with long stroke, whole stroke the kite is steerable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

4 line system

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Best relaunch of the 2012 Airush serie

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Pretty gradual but brings you to a high level!

Low-end

Small range Large range

soft power on the edge, great for light persons

Glide phase

Short Long

Smooth as the lift, great controle

High-end

Small range Large range

Good depower, good controle, smooth power, pretty long depower stroke,

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Airush Lithium 2012 06m
Name:
Stefan Zijlstra 
Weight:
92 Kg 
Riding style:
allround, wave, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 25 knots up to 38
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
06m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 11.06.2012 at 22:09 hour
Comments:
The kite was tested on a stormy day in Holland on a strapless kiteboard. Up to 35 knots. The kite felt really comfortable neverthless the strong gusts.

The kite has a lot of power on the edge of the windwindow. when you pull the bar the kite wil give you a lot of power. When you push it away almost all the power is gone. Perfect for waveriding. The kite is fast enough to put it wherever you want it.

Conclusion: A good storm kite with an easy feeling, perfect for waveriding.



 
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Airush Lithium 2012 06m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
93 
Riding style:
wave, big-air, race  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 25 knots up to 33
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
06m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 11.06.2012 at 17:31 hour
Comments:
Great session with the Airush Lithium 6m. In strong winds this kite is a great tool to play in the waves. Good feedback, great control and wave riding performance. The total depower & good steering with slacked lines keeps you in control with gusts. Down loops in your bottom turn above 30 kts still possible with the 6m. We also tested the 4m and that was also a sweet one. Great building performance of the Airush team! 
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