The Lithium is designed to be a user-friendly, do-it-all kite that can be ridden in variable conditions and that comes across very early on when you ride it. Extremely stable in the air, even in gusty winds, the canopy retains rigidity, even when the wind gets particularly patchy, so as a rider your comfort is very well taken care of at all times. There’s plenty of juice available through sheeting at the bar and, equally, it’s quick to depower when you sheet out. Nicely balancing on/off power that beginners can understand, with a more subtle build up in power that intermediates and advanced riders can start to appreciate, the Lithium inspires confidence and progression.
Bar pressure wise it’s slightly beyond medium and towards the heavier end of the spectrum. It’s not overpowering, but it’s quite direct and always gives you a good indication of where the kite is and what it’s doing. The low end is really impressive; something that we’ve noticed across the last few years on the Lithiums / DNAs even as a much heavier rider, Matt was able to get upwind and build speed faster than lighter riders who were out on the same sized kites and boards. Maxed out, the Lithium retains good levels of comfort with the depower making it still very usable, even in unpleasant gusts. The Lithium is really stable, and that extensive wind range means that you can safely cope with a wide spectrum of winds before having to change up or down. You will also need less kites in your quiver when starting out.