TEST TEAM NOTES:
A huge depower range and a robust stopper wedge, sticking where you want it to yet sliding up easily when you want to move it make this a kite that will appeal on many levels. The bar is superbly finished, feels very smooth and comfortable and has a good sized chicken-loop, nice and flexible donkey dick and there's nothing waiting to catch your thumb or fingers unhooked. It's all neat and tidy. I've been lucky enough to test a couple of Havocs and they just get better and better in the smaller sizes. What I mean by that is that the smaller sizes change in character to become quicker and more boosty, which is what I'm more used to. The 12 metre is like a truck; solid, stable and just pulling and pulling - fantastic wake-style kite that can easily be used for freeriding; it does what Liquid Force are trying to get it to do I believe.
The steering isn't really responsive but it's not trying to be. They have other kites quicker in this size. Pop a trick on this kite and when you come down it's just right there waiting for you. Very impressive low end grunt gets you up and going well, but the predictable power delivery is what I'd say is the best feature. It's just so easy to use and is very stable which is why it's so well suited to lighter wind wake-style because it generates good power and pop from just parking, riding and sitting there just behaving itself. These are all good basic freeride qualities for the bigger intermediate too.
Unhooking and doing a one arm rotation shows how stable it is. On some kites you unhook, go up and do something and if you're up there for longer than you thought then the kite will start going into a downloop. This just sits there. Not that it's overly slow ? you have a few degrees of steering either side of where you've got it stationed where it doesn't do much, but steer it beyond that and it moved well. Hooked-in or unhooked you get the same constant pull; lots of uncomplicated fun.
From the moment you pick up the tough, well made bag, this package oozes quality. The waxy feel of the kite, the insane attention to detail and the construction all contribute to a unique experience.
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