Ocupation: Graduate School Student
Primary Board: Mission 144 with Watson Bindings
Location: South Florida
Other 07 and 08 kites ridden; Waroo, Yarga, Fuel, Contra, Crossbow, Switchblade, Contra,FreakDog, Airush.
I mainly ride overpowered and wakesyle with the kite low but ill throw a boost, loop, or transition for fun in as well. So I got my quiver of LF Havocs for 2008. Last year I rode the 10 and 14 havoc. This year I got the 8, 12, and 16..
First thing out of the bag I notice with the kites is the light weight yet quality construction. Great stitching and appropriate reniforcements on pannels, wear points, and high risk areas. The one pulley on the kite looks bomb proof. The bag itself is also top notch with plenty of straps and storage and it looks great. This years graphics are killer; clean yet edgy.
The bar is totaly different as well. Since I do lots of unhooked tricks one handed I appreciate the bar having a comfortable groved grip on top with smooth grip on the bottom portion creating a nice slip/grip combo. Additionally colors are clearly marked, as an instructor this is great for begineers remembering how to rig especialy with the kook proof lines.
The day I recieved my kites I pumped up my 16 in marginal and gusty winds *from about 8 to 14mph.
My first impression was the bar had way more depower per distance the bar was pushed out than last year.
Also steering input was way more direct a bit more preessure not enough to create fatigue but enough to feel the kite and know where it is. The turning speed is amazing . Way faster than many 16s I have flown and significantly better than my 14 havoc from last year.
Also stability and aspect ratio has improved this creates a kite that was staying aloft in signifcantly poor wind conditions around 8-9 mph. and there was no stalling on back lines even when unhooked a problem for many hybrid style kites. The canopy is riged stable and reactive compared to other 16's . One individual who borrowed my kite thought it turned almost like a 12.
The 12 shares many features the 16 does:
The kite's higher aspect ratio also make the kite fast through the window yet it is low aspect enough not to depower when going for high powered unhooked moves.
It loops way more like a c kite on a large axis rather than a tight square shaped turn. Additonally unhooking is amazing and predictable with a solid chicken loop that allows for one handed hooking in after landing without thinking about where the loop will be. The speed and aspect ratio also make this kite a powerful jumping machine with great float and hangtime espeically the 12.
Relaunch is super fast a-la tradional hybrid pull a line technique.
Amazing job by lf this is the greatest kite they have ever made in my honest opinnion I would not want to ride anything else.
Two days ago it proved it self again stable enough for cruising and stable for unhooked meanuevers during a rail slide session, *here you want a stable kite.
It is fast and powerful enough to get going in insanely light winds even fora big guy like me with bindings. 12 knots and you can throw down on the 16.
Additonally if you are into hooked in jumps or loops the kite responds incredibly well to both great for downlooping predictible yet smooth delivery.
I simply am amazed by this kite it has some similar characteristcs to other kites such as the switchblade or more tradtional C kites but the foward speed and control in my opinion is far more refined.
Now this kite is not only for advanced riders. It is easy to relaunch has a refined quick realease and intuitive safety and sheeting system as well as a solid chicken bone design. I have not flown it but the session may also be a great option.
If you want a high performance light wind kite look towards the 16 havoc.
I cant wait to get a windy day to get my 8 out in the surf with a surfboard.
Congrats to the LF family you have made an amazing kite.
If you have any questions feel free to ask. Or if you see me at matheson or around south florida ask me to demo my kite, i just may oblige depending on how good the wind is.