Airush Lithium (2013) Hot
After winning numerous magazines tests and extremely positive feedback from our Airush customers, the 2013 Airush Lithium was going to be a challenge to make better. Staying as the front-runner in all-terrain kites, the Lithium is focused on being the do-all kite for the everyday rider. Due to its wing tip and strut positioning, the Lithium has a direct and agile feel through the turns, essential for wave and freeriding. The sweep of the Delta Hybrid design of the wingtips guarantees a hassle free and quick relaunch. The Lithium is ideal for riders looking to do a bit of everything, whether it’s your first day, cruising, freestyle or riding waves.
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My Favorite So Far
I previously posted this review by mistake for the 2012 Airush Lithium. I have tried the 013's and not the 012's although I understand they are similar.
It's my first full year and learned how to ride with Cabrinha Switchblades and demoed the North Rebels - 011's and 013's (another great kite btw). My impression of the Lithium, well I bought one. I demoed a 10 meter Lithium and rode my newly purchased 9 meter. The winds were 15-20 mph in medium waves. I weigh 72 kg (158 lbs) and I had just enough wind on my North Crossride tt.
The Cab SB's are nice, no complaints, but the Lithium felt like perfect fitting glove - yes, it's so easy to fly and almost intuitive in the way it responds. It has plenty of power, but unlike the SB , it feels more like continuous torque as opposed to grunt = controlled power wherever and whenever you want it. On the flip side, I could shut off the power almost instantly, and within arms length. This is not the case with the SB. Unlike Jason, I didn't experience heavy bar pressure. I did change the setting, per recommendation of a friend however, and the bar pressure was actually on the light side, but I didn't lose any feel of the kite - settings: light setting on the front lines on the bladder and medium setting on the wingtips.
The Lithium's turning quickness and relaunch are also superior to the SB. It's quickness was again, likened to the Goldilock's analogy, not too fast and not too slow - just right. :) Given my relative weak skills in the waves, the faster turning Lithium made it an enjoyable experience, while keeping me out of trouble for the most part. I'd give the Cabrinha Switchblade an advantage in upwind ability, stability while overhead in high winds, a better wind range in the upper register, and is a little faster in a straight line while cruising upwind. That isn't to say the Lithium is weak in these areas, it isn't it works just fine. It suffices to say that the with all designs there are strengths and weaknesses, but for me given my experience with the Cabrinha's (wouldn't be unhappy if I still had one either), the North's (the Rebel is another very nice kite and my second choice), the LIthium just felt right. It really is a feel thing, and I can now understand why it received the accolades it did from several tests in the publications. It is well deserved and a kite that most, at the very least, newer riders could be very happy with.
BTW, I also demoed the 012 and 013 Cabrinha Vectors - 9 and 7 meter. They are also worthy of consideration and I really liked those and were very close to the Lithium in terms of "feel" likability. They turned just a bit slower than the Lithium's however.