Liquid Force Envy (2012) Liquid Force Envy (2012) Hot

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Reviewed by Mike Goulet    September 23, 2013

Great info about Liquid force

Product overview,

I weight 175 lbs and ride for a little more than a year. I stop my choice on Liquid Force because I was irritated from continuously breaking my previous kite. In this matter, Liquid Force did not disappoint at all! I keep crashing it and all my Envy kites has so far remained in one piece. The learning was fairly easy thank to the bellow bar depower allowing almost 100% depower. It also works fine when dirty by sand compared to my previous above the bar system. This system has only one but; the more you get pulled, the more impossible it impossible to depower the kite. The Maxflow valve works fine! It deflate the kite in second perhaps I give a mark of 1 over 5 mark for the Liquid Force ''super'' pump. The last doesn't help to inflate it any faster since its internal mechanism who creates huge air flow restriction. If you use any other pump and THEN you will see the difference! Finally, Liquid Force has not the best spare parts service compare to other brand. Overall, Great Kite!

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  • Wave
  • Freeride
Sizes used
9m, 12m and 15m
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Reviewed by IKSURFMAG    June 06, 2012
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9m Envy

At A Glance

The Liquid Force Envy is the all round machine in their range. Aimed at the rider who wants a kite that can do it all, whilst making kitesurfing easy. Liquid Force calls the Envy a “beyond Delta design and it features a fairly swept back shape to it’s profile, the Diamond Shape tips add to this. It is a simple three-strut design aimed at being lightweight to improve the flying characteristics. The bridle is fully integrated and a little more complex than found on some kites. Indeed the rear lines are integrated into the bridle as opposed to connecting directly to the kite. Build quality is excellent, union struts, segmented leading edge and plenty of reinforcements in all the right places. All Liquid Force kites feature the Max Flow inflation system; until you’ve tried it you won’t believe it. You can inflate the kite in seconds with minimum effort! On top of those innovations there is also plenty of attention to detail. The Envy reeks of quality whichever way you look at it!

The Bar

This is a polished bit of kit in itself, the floats and winders are integrated into each other to create a clean look Simplicity runs deep here, the trim is integrated into the chicken loop and the release mechanism is very effective and easy to reset. There is a moveoblo stopper ball and the depower line has plenty of throw to ensure you can ditch the power when needed.

In the Air

The Envy feels very stable and solid, a great platform to launch your assault from it inspires confidence. The depower range from the bar throw is very impressive, the integrated rear lines into the bridle giving you more depower than a standard rear line connection. This gives you the ultimate control at the bar in gusty conditions. It does mean the turning isn’t quite as direct as some, but the Envy is no slouch and responds to input from the bar well. Once engaged the kite can be turned on a sixpence, pivoting around its axis with zero canopy flutter, a sign of a well built airframe. The low-end range is impressive, the Envy develops a lot of power as you fly it around the window. The bridle then helps to assist the kite with it’s top end range, adjusting the angle of attack but still ensuring the kite steers. Jumping is great fun, plenty of power to launch you and good hangtime. Upwind is excellent too and the kite is easy to fly lending itself to a wide range of riders. The bar pressure is a little heavy, a symptom of the bridle system used, but it isn’t overwhelming or a reason to not man up and build some muscle strength!

For

Amazingly well built, with lots of attention to detail, very stable in the air, plenty of control at your fingertips and a good low end. Against
We could argue that the complicated bridle set up was a bit much, but it is this bridle that gives the kite its control and range, there ore no real complaints hero.

Overall

You won’t be disappointed, it’s a great all round kite that comes with some fantastic features, like the Max Flow inflation system. You’ll be out on the water in seconds with a great big smile on your face!

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  • Freestyle
  • Freeride
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9m
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Reviewed by Damian    March 12, 2012

Super nice kite.

This is my second kite. I'm pretty new kiting, a year now, but I ride twice a week. My previous kite was a 2008 Best Waroo. Let me tell you this. It's a different sport. I bought the all-included package whit harness and a 136 edge board.
Awesome. The firs think you will note is how fast it gets ready to fly, and the light it is. The backpack is rock solid, nice design, big enough.
The bar is also super nice and comfortable. The bar pressure is super light compared to my Waroo!
You can literally ride 6 hours non-stop , that comfortable it is.
The Deluxe Harness is super nice too, I like it.
The board is ok for a beginner board. Works like a charm on light wind (12-15Knots) Nice to handle waves, no so nice for big jumps, its too big for that. But a great all-around board.
Again about the kite itself. SUPER Light on the air! REally fast for a 12, no kidding here. GREAT WIND RANGE! I was out there with 26-28 Knots and it goes perfect. And I ride it with 12Knots and even it's no great, you can ride wile others are still at the beach.
Great hanging time, This kite gives you so much confidence, it's awesome.
Graphics are sick! Finally a really good looking kite.
Go and get yours.

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Suited Styles
  • Wave
  • Freeride
  • Light Wind
Sizes used
12
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Reviewed by Thomas    December 24, 2011

All round kite & high quality

We have been using the Envy in the school for the last 3 years now and for a number of reasons:

Brilliant construction, the toughest available, by a mile!
Fantastic stability
Direct feel and responsive turning
Huge and smooth depower range
Easy re-launch
Powerful
Fast though the air with its thin struts and leading edge
Excellent performance, especially for wakestyle and in the waves
Great Bar!!!

The 2012 Envy has a slightly different bridle with the middle attachments no longer meeting in the middle and the wingtips are slightly more swept back, this has given the kite even better re-launch and also more de-power.

If you are looking for an all around kite that has the highest quality build available then the Envy is perfect!

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Suited Styles
  • Wave
  • Freestyle
  • Wakestyle
  • Freeride
  • Light Wind
Sizes used
5, 7, 9, 12
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Reviewed by Mark0    October 23, 2011
Last updated: October 23, 2011

Envy 2012

I'm not very experienced, only 2 yrs. I had 12m Cabrinha SB 2011 and now I have 12m + 9m LF envy. I didn't try 9m, but 12m was very super for me. It was super easy and I think it is very light. Last I bought Cabrinha everyone said, it's the best. But I'm very sorry, I like Envy much more. Maybe it's easier for beginner, who I am, but I said what I think.

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  • Wave
  • Wakestyle
  • Freeride
Sizes used
12m
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8.8
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9.0
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9.0
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8.0
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8.0
Reviewed by REAL    October 23, 2011
Last updated: September 19, 2012
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2012 LF Envy

REAL is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, internationally recognized as the best place to kiteboard in the world, and the East Coast #1 surfing destination.

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  • Wave
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  • Freeride
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