The Recoil family of boards returns in full force with new super clean graphics and the same legendary LF performance and bullet proof construction. If you are looking for the fastest twin-tip on the water with tons of pop that rockets upwind, the 2008 Recoil is the kiteboard for you. Compression moulded with a composite foam core, PBT top and bottom layers and ABS side-walls, the Recoil is tough and durable. A rounded square tail, super-thin rail profile and single concave bottom contour provide the character and this lightweight board also comes with a fourth insert hole to facilitate wakeboard bindings.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
WILL: A real dream on your feet. Look down at the board and it just looks the business, from the finish to the colours to the overall feel. The pads are fantastic...once you're locked in you're not going anywhere and they're super-comfy. The straps cover virtually your whole foot and are really simple to adjust with the big Velcro strap.
CHRIS: When you pick it up you instantly recognise how light it is. Definitely got that freestyle orientation going on. Very comfortable pad and strap set-up, they've really got that nailed. The board is nice and poppy – you can really load up the back of the kiteboard. When you land a little flat, the flex of the board and the big, thick pads really soak up the landing. Most comfortable in flat water although it wasn't bad in the chop today, but did suffer a bit due to its width. Responds well to fast riding and carvy turns and is fairly soft in the tips.
NEAL: Really comfortable and stable. The only criticism is that it's harder than it might be to get going in chop, but once going find a nice flat section of water and it's a pop machine. Freestyle orientated without being too specialised.
WILL: Not the strongest upwind, but good and yeah, it pops really well.
CHRIS: There's a lot to be said about having a good connection with your board and this ticks all the boxes for riders taking things to the next level. Hard to fault unless in mega chop, and if you're aiming to start unhooking within the next year, this board will keep you entertained and improving.
SUMMARY: Easy on the eye and the feet, Liquid Force have taken the pop and performance knowledge from their wakeboards and injected it into a more user-friendly twin-tip that retains an aspirational look. Like a wakeboard it's not the most comfortable in heavy chop, but if you're looking for a kiteboard that will cope in those conditions but also allows you to hop, pop and give you a solid base to learn and land tricks on this'll do nicely.
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This test is in issue #33