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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 04.5m, 06.5, 09m, 12m, 15.5m
Type: SLE
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Allround high performance 1 strut kite

Designers goals (designers goals)

The SOLO came from a dream. This dream turned into a vision of designing a perfectly balanced ultra light, simple high performance kite while at the same time keeping stability, easy re-launch, and durability that all the Liquid Force kites have been know for over the years.

Wind Range Liquid Force Solo

wind range liquid force solo

Bar

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Liquid Force Solo movie

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 04.5m, 06.5, 09m, 12m, 15.5m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 1
Colours: Various
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Line length: 20m-23m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Liquid Force Solo 2014 09m
Name:
Realwatersports team 
Weight:
-- 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
drift
 
HardSoft
up wind
 
HardEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 25.05.2014 at 22:27 hour
Comments:
What we like:
The Solo has a totally unique feel, unlike any other kite that we have tested this year. Firstly it has a light weight feeling in the sky and flys really far forward in the wind window, so you can jam upwind. When you sheet the kite out, the lack of struts makes the kite flutter a lot. This flutter causes drag and makes the kite set back in the window where is is more stable while it is still depowering. This is totally different to any kite out there. The net result is that you cannot get this kite to overfly and crash, which is amazing.

The other really awesome thing about the Solo is the amount of low end power that this kite has. During testing we were regularly 1 to 2 kite sizes smaller than anyone else on the water. The amount of depower is nutty as well. Sheet the kite out and you have a massive amount of range. Being able to depower this much allows you to send the kite, sheet in and get massive air time.

During wave testing we found the Solo to drift down the line in on shore conditions really well. Oh yeah, the water relaunch is insanely easy in any wind condition too.

What we don't like:
The bag is so simple that it feels cheap, although most people would probably rather save $100 than have a fancy bag! The amount of flutter in the kite when you loop it or depower it will turn some people off. It is just noisy up there flapping when you depower. That is not such a bad thing because the benefits speak for themselves! Sometimes inefficiency can be a good thing and the flappy Solo makes it drift well and ultra stable.

Who is the Solo for:
This is a hard one because this kite was made to be a lightweight travel kite, but it transformed into so much more. The people that will love this kite are as follows: kids and women, free riders, beginners, onshore wave riders and foilboarders. The lightweights and beginners will love this kite because it is ultra stable, water relaunches on its own, carries you upwind and has a huge range. The free riders will love it because it boosts huge and is really easy to ride. The wave guys will love the down the line drift and the foil boarders will lust it because this kite stays in the sky when there is almost no wind. 
3 kudos - +

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