LIQUID FORCE Solo
Sizes Available: 4.5, 6.5, 9, 12, 15.5m
Sizes Tested: 6.5, 9, 12m
Liquid Force Says:
Strut-less kite designs are extremely lightweight with a great amount of raw power and a very direct feel, but the accompanying compromises in performance that come with no struts over shadows the benefits and we were simply not willing to accept this.
The Solo evolved through multiple iterations from half struts to battens that eventually led to a very thin, low profile center strut. The Solo is an ultra light weight, single strut design that offers unparalleled efficiency, stability and wind range of any kite on the market today with the added benefit of pack ability for travel. We are excited to introduce the Solo, an all terrain kite that can be summed up in 3 words: simple, powerful, fun.
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Our Testers Say:
“Stable, smooth responsive kite that is fast turning but flutters if depowered too much,” Marko Bartscherer.
“Lots of power in these kites; the 6.5m pulls like an 8m with the speed of a 6.5/7m with middle of the road boost but lots of hangtime and responds to input quickly,” Dray Murray.
“Super fun kite with serious grunt, medium bar pressure, quick turning speed and solid boost/hangtime. An awesome freeride kite that I’d be equally happy with in the surf,” Jason Kane.
The Solo is a single strut medium aspect kite with swept back wingtips that earned high marks for its power, quick steering and impressive relaunch in light wind. The Solo is quick to inflate with only one strut and LF’s large diameter MaxFlow inflation valve which requires a proprietary LF pump nozzle. (The Solo also has a standard 9mm valve if you lose the extra wide nozzle). The Solo features a single setting fixed front bridle and single steering setting wingtip. Testers praised the Solo for its medium to light bar pressure, quick steering response and fairly fast pivot turns. The Solo went upwind well, relaunched extremely well in the lightest conditions and had decent lift for boosting with impressive hangtime. The single strut design seems to offer the benefits of lightweight construction with crisp sheeting response that you won’t get with strutless designs but the Solo does suffer from excessive canopy flapping when flown overpowered beyond its range. Testers recommend the Solo for those that mainly freeride, like big air freestyle, foilboard as well as for those who travel or who kite in light wind areas.
The Solo comes with the all new Response Control Bar which is a one size fits all adjustable length bar (46 and 56cm) that can be adjusted on the water. The Response Control bar features a single center-line safety depower, spectra sheeting/throw line with a sliding stopper, low V, above the bar cam cleat that is easily adjusted to accommodate longer throw length without disturbing the kite’s tuning, as well as a Velcro tuning line which keeps tuning slack from tangling under depowered conditions. The push away quick release is easy to reassemble with two hands and integrates a below the bar hand swivel that doubles as a travel guard and a molded loop and finger lock. There’s an above the bar swivel, the integrated bar ends have a hidden winder bungee and the bar allows riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. Testers liked the ergonomic grip, plush density of the texture bar and praised the adjustability and ease of use of the Response in a relatively lightweight and clean design.
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