Sizes Available: 3.5, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15.5, 17.5m
Sizes Tested: 9, 12, 15.5m

Liquid Force Says:

Refined and evolved, the Solo V3 incorporates a new leading edge to trailing edge canopy profile that highlights the fine tuned changes in the Solo V3 that brings maturity to the kite. This profile design improvement reduces flutter in the critical areas of the wingtip, increases stability in gusty wind conditions and creates an instant, engaged, power delivery upon sheeting in and smooth controlled de-power when sheeting out. The single strut platform, mid range aspect ratio, and progressive leading edge arc moves the flying position slightly forward in the wind window offering superior low-end power making the kite a natural choice for lighter wind specialists and dynamic freeriding hydrofoil riders. The light weight advantage of the single strut platform allows the Solo V3 to handle messy and difficult wind conditions with ease – offering exceptional drift in the lulls and extreme controllable depower in heavy gusts. A fresh approach to bridle configuration has created rapid turn initiation and aided in providing more wingtip pressure to lighting fast off the water re-launching. The ultimate control of the Solo V3 culminates into a kite that traverses all freeriding disciplines and wind chasing travelers.

Visit for more info: www.liquidforcekites.com/product/kites/solo-v3

Our Testers Say:

“Great stable kite, sheet in and go and since it is light it flies in almost no wind. Easy to fly kite, lots of hangtime, seemingly less low-end power than last year but more true to size power, improved upper wind range performance.” // Dray Murray

“Flew this in light wind with a surfboard; stable and surprisingly fast, quick down loops and turns that seemed quick for such a big kite. Predictable and fun for strapless.” // Chris Myles

“The small chicken loop brings the throw closer to your body. If you want to keep the fun factor going in super light conditions this kite delivers stability and a desire to keep flying.” // Rhonda Reyna

Meet Our Testers

TKB Says:

One of the first to launch the single strut concept a few years back, the Solo continues to excel in the light wind freeride realm. With its one strut down the middle, the Solo features a medium aspect canopy with sweptback wingtips,  a single setting front bridle with a fixed attachment point that doesn’t use pulleys to change the angle of attack and offers two wingtip settings for adjusting bar pressure. The canopy doesn’t make use of any battens and like all LF kites it comes with one of the quickest inflation systems, the MaxFlow large diameter inflation valve which requires a proprietary LF pump nozzle (the Solo also has a standard 9mm valve if you lose the extra wide nozzle that comes with every kite and attaches to the standard pump hose). The Solo uses knots on the front bridle attachment point and the wingtip attachments end in loops. The big sell on the single strut approach is lighter weight, easier pack down for travel and probably the biggest downside on single struts is canopy flutter when it’s flown out of its ideal wind range and an airframe that isn’t quite as rigid under heavy loads. The Solo delivers the advantages of this type of design while minimizing the downsides and is a five star performer for light wind situations. Delivering solid grunt and power with a smooth and progressive power delivery in the throw, the Solo’s bar pressure overall is medium plus and the kite offers crisp steering response and decent turning speeds even in the larger sizes. The big kites will get you going in the lightest conditions and the smaller sizes are great candidates for foilboarding where you are often rigging a couple of sizes down. When the kite is overpowered and sheeted out you will get some canopy flutter, but within the one strut category the Solo is relatively well behaved and a joy to fly in all but the most overpowered situations. The Solo’s relaunch is excellent even in the lightest of wind which is a very important characteristic. Overall, the Solo is the ideal candidate for the traveling freeride cruiser or freeride foilboarder.

The Solo came with the Mission Control bar which is a ground up redesign with an entirely new roster of features while keeping the bar simple and lightweight. The Mission Control features an adjustable length bar (45/55cm), durable PU coated sheeting/throw line, no sliding stopper, and a single center-line safety depower with a low V, and a stainless steel depower cam cleat with Velcro to keep the depower control toggle from tangling. The Mission Control comes with a new quick release design that features a below the bar hand swivel/release shield integrated into a push away quick release that readily clicks into an auto reset position that makes reassembly on the water super easy. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops; the bar’s throw length is no longer adjustable and its floats are no longer integrated into the bar ends for a more flexible connection between the bar and the outside lines. The tips of the bar are soft and this year the bar end color coding is a bit more pronounced with orange coloring to set off the left side. The outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. Testers liked the smooth narrow diameter bar with rubbery grip and tapering that widens as your hands approach the center of the bar. Overall the Mission control is a well-thought out bar that offers a good mix of features and safety in a very functional package that exemplifies clean bar design.

Visit for more info on the bar: https://www.liquidforcekites.com/product/control-system/mission-control-bar-v2


 

Want more gear reviews all in one place? Read detailed and objective reviews on the 30 kite models and 33 board models that Tkb and freeride testers reviewed for the 2018 Freeride Gear Review Guide.

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