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Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2012
Brand: HQ
Size: 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: Foil


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.


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




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
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: 50cm-60cm
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 ground: Snow

Wind conditions: 7-16 Knots

Detail photo's

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


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.


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.


Limited Wide

Great lowend, advanced snowkiters high-end



Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long


Small range Large range


Gradual Explosive


Bar pressure

Heavy Light

Boost (kite in loop)

Softly Explosive


Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius



Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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