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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: Airush
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 17m
Type: SLE
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Rider profile

All-round

Designers goals

  • The World’s favorite freeride kite
  • Incredibly stable with smooth consistent drive
  • Fast and simple to relaunch due to the Delta Hybrid design

As the do-all kite in the Airush range, the Lithium has been proven to meet the requirements of riders looking to do a bit of everything from freeride, jumping, looping and waves.   With amazing park power, stability and ease of use, the Lithium is simply the perfect kite. The focus of wingtip and strut layout in conjunction with the Delta Hybrid design insures the quickest response throughout the air as well as instant relaunching capabilities.

The Lithium 17 uses the same Lithium freeride flying characteristics in the extreme lightwind category. Both innovative in their own designs, these kites are focused on reducing weight in the overall construction.

The next generation Dyneema Load Frame takes the biggest innovation in kite construction to a whole new level and is combined with the Technoforce D2 by Teijin, for the ultimate mix of durability and lightweight performance. For wave performance, this optimised weight is essential for improved drift stability, while the load frame makes all the difference when additional durability is required.

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: Airush
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Green & Yellow
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: 45cm-52cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Airush Lithium 2016 14m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 14
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
14m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 27.03.2016 at 12:29 hour
Comments:
Rode the 14m in 6-14 knots of wind with the hydrofoil. I liked the 12m so much, so I thought; If I would buy a Lithium for hydro foiling, should I buy a 12m or 14m?
Well, to be short. I would go for the 12m. Its just a bit faster and more playful. The 14m is still for it's size pretty fast turning and gives you a knot more low end, but that wouldn't do the trick for me. In my last session I had to swim back. The 14m fell down (around 7 knots) and I couldn't relaunch any more. So a bigger kite gave me an extra knot to ride, but if the kite falls ... This is an overall problem with hydrofoiling. 
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Airush Lithium 2016 12m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 14
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 17.12.2015 at 18:48 hour
Comments:
Had a great foiling session with the new Airush Lithium 12m in 8 - 14 knots of wind. The Lithium shows itself like a typical low aspect ratio kite, with a thick leading edge a and a deep center strut. Normally that means the kite sits deep in the wind window, lots of grunt and good beginners characteristics, but not a lot of performance. Well, don’t judge a book by its cover. This Lithium feels like a rock, stable pressure on all it's positions with the choice of depower! It drifts great and it widens the edge of the wind window. This Lithium is a great kite for foilers who like to play around, carving, gyping and maybe 360 foiling turns. Just position the kite and power/depower on the right moments! Another great feature is its low end jumping characteristic, the Lithium has a great float in low wind so you landings could be precise & soft. Sometimes you try a product and it makes your day, you found an other treasure :-) For me this was one of them. So if you like to play with a hydrofoil, try out the new Airush Lithium 12m. 
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