The Drive is our #1 selling board at REAL because it is a great beginner and intermediate kiteboard. They are selling it complete with good pads and straps and the variety of sized board make it work for most kiters.
The Profile pads and straps that come complete with the Drive are nice and adjustable. They fit size 7-13 foot. They will be a little snug for the 13 with booties until you break them in. I prefer the Luxury pads and straps because of the large gel pack under foot and the toe ridge. Those features lock your foot into the strap better.
Liquid Force has made wake style boards that have a very loose and skatey feel for a long time. The Drive is the complete opposite and provides the rider with a positive grippy feel that is really secure for the first time rider. It is super stable too.
My only complaint is that they land hard because of the flat bottom and I wish they made one of these boards super wide for the really big boys or light wind junkies. Besides for that, TWO THUMBS UP!
by Nuzzi on December 19, 2012