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Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2012
Brand: HQ
Size: 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: Foil
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Closed cell snow and water foil kite

Designers goal

Equipped with a super efficient profile, extra thin bridle lines and intelligent speed system, the Matrixx is fast and agile. 
If you want to ride in light winds, this is your ticket. The remarkable power per square meter allows riding on water in about 10 knots. Move the Matrixx through the wind window to enjoy its full potential. Only high-quality materials known from the paragliding industry are built into this great kite.

Bar

HQ 2012 barDe-Power Carbon Control Bar

  • Depower carbon control bar 50cm or 60cm
  • For all standard depower kites
  • Leashless safety system: ready in just seconds after activating the quick release.
  • Safety system at the chickenloop.
  • Easy-grip 
  • non-slip surface

 

 

Details:

Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2012
Brand: HQ
Size: 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: Foil
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: No struts
Colours: Various
Bar length: 50cm-60cm
Line length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: n.a.
Variable bar length: n.a.
Oh shit handles: Yes

HQ Matrixx 12m

Kite made for

All terrain kite (water/land)

Tested

Tested ground: Snow

Wind conditions: 7-16 Knots

Detail photo's

hq matrixx 12mzipper  hq air inflateleft bridle setupbreak line safetyworking 5th line safety

Conclusion

The most eye catching features of the HQ Matrixx are its turning circle, low end, lift and gliding phase. These give this closed cell foil kite (the air remains within the kite) a playful character. Because this is a closed cell frame, the Matrixx is suitable on both land and water.
Our preference for this kite is to deploy it on land and snow in winds below 14 knots, also because of its good low end and less depowerable high end in comparison with the majority of tube kites. For backcountry snow kiting an open cell kite (e.g. the HQ Montana7) is probably the more preferable choice. The flight characteristics closely resemble each other, but an open cell kite has the advantage of an easier landing and cleanup on the mountain.

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Low-end great depower, high end less depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

5th line safety, total depower.

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great lowend, advanced snowkiters high-end

Oldskool

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Low-end

Small range Large range

Freestyle

Boost (kite in loop)

Softly Explosive

Bar pressure

Heavy Light

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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