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AIRUSH Lithium
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9, 10, 12m

Airush Says:

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 the perfect kite. A focus on wingtip and strut layout in conjunction with the Delta Hybrid design insures the quickest response as well as instant relaunching capabilities.

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 optimized weight is essential for improved drift stability, while the load frame makes all the difference when additional durability is required.

Visit for more info: www.airush.com/2016/kites/lithium/

Our Testers Say:

“All around sufficient kite that invites cruising with confidence,” Tom Fristoe.

“Handles gusts well,” Rob Shea.

“This kite does it all. It turns quickly with good stability, goes upwind easily and provides excellent lift and hangtime,” Bill Gordon.

Meet the 2016 TKB Test Team.

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TKB Says:

The Lithium is back for 2016 as Airush’s freeride kite that will please entry-level kiters as well as the more seasoned kiters looking to do a little bit of everything. The Lithium’s 3-strut delta shape is a low/medium aspect platform which features three wingtip steering settings (bar pressure) and a single setting front bridle with three pulleys.The Lithium features a large flow Boston valve that requires the larger inflation nozzle for a quick inflate and Airush’s “Dyneema Load Frame” to add rigidity and long term durability to the canopy but this year the reinforcements are noticeably narrower than years past. Testers gave the Lithium solid praise for its solid steering response and quick pivot style turns that make jumping the Lithium extremely easy. With medium bar pressure the Lithium strikes an excellent balance between freeride comfort and kite feedback. In terms of relaunch, the Lithium’s LE arc allows the kite to relaunch from deep within the window with minimal effort from riders. The Lithium delivers solid boosting lift and even better hangtime, but its depower and progressive sheeting make it an excellent choice for progressing kiters, all around freeriders and those looking to carve some fun turns on a surfboard or freeride foilboard.

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Airush sent us their feature rich Progression bar to test with our Lithium’s. The Progression is a dual adjustable length bar with 45/52cm adjustable bar ends. It’s got 24m flying lines (with 10m and 14m extensions) a PU coated sheeting/throw line, sliding stopper, single center-line safety depower and a low V that allows for a quick single line flag or self land. Two above bar depower handles (more power/less power) keep the depower strap within the rider’s reach while a push away quick release with integrated swivel that doubles as a quick release guard is on the bottom end. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. While the PU coated sheeting/throw line offers durability and longevity, the length of sheeting/throw cannot be adjusted. The color coded floats are attached to the durable rubber molding encased bar tips for a softer bar end and the outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. The depower extensions handles worked flawlessly and the grip strikes a nice balance between grippy texture and medium plushy grip.

Visit for more info on the bar: https://www.airush.com/2016/collections/progression-series/

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