Impression Airush Lift 12m2 - Dutch Kitesurf Magazine, March 2005

On shore
'When we unfolded the kite, we immediately noticed that Airush has thought of everything. It's all packed in a decent bag and when we first saw the bar we found out that Airush delivers two different chicken loops. The small one is ideal for the old school style of riding. The big one is perfect for quick unhooking of the harness as is wished for by most new school tricks. A pump, repair-set and instruction booklet are all included. The kite has a good finish, the struts are mounted on the leading edge in a nice way and firm rubber patches are attached on the leading edge to prevent damage. The appearance and construction are solid, simple but trusted.

In the air
Once up in the air the kite looks beautiful and is rock steady. The kite flies pretty high in the wind frame, but keeps a good pressure up there. The kite has a nice bar-pressure, which at all times keeps you aware of where the kite is.

On the water
The first minutes it took a little adjusting for finding the good setting of the depower-strap, which takes a little attention. By steering in, the kite immediately builds up power, which makes it feel nicely direct. As said before, the kite flies pretty much in front of the wind frame, where it remains delivering constant power. It is remarkable how easy it is to gain height, which is even more noticeable in marginal conditions. Because the bar delivers a reasonable bar pressure, the steering is direct and light.

And kitelooping is also easy. The lift makes for easy high jumping as well, steering back the kite delivers a clean take-off. We did notice that the hangtime has somewhat decreased. This is pretty normal however, since Airush has clearly taken new school kiting into account. Also when unhooked, the kite flies decent as well, it does not transform and remains in good control. Carving the board hard on the rail delivers a direct reaction, but not too aggressive. So s-bends and raily's look smooth. Because of the bar pressure it is easy to feel where the kite is positioned, when doing handle passes it is therefore easy to position the kite in the right spot. When the wind picked up and became gusty we did notice some transforming in the kite. Nothing dramatic, but it felt slightly less stable. According to Airush the solution is the fifth-line-system.

Unfortunately we had not brought the new fifth-line-system for testing, because that needed a little more fine-tuning by Airush. By experience with North's 5th Element system however, we have already seen that the 'jellyfish-effect' (the twintips coming closer together during gusts) is kept to a minimum. We therefore do believe the designers of Airush: that with this system more stability is gained in the kite. The fifth-line-system is optional.'

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