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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: Delta
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Allround delta shaped 3 strut SLE kite

Designers goals

Rock solid stability, directional float, pivotal turning and effortless re-launch highlight the Envy’s “beyond delta” design for all around performance.This ultra lightweight three- strut platform gives light, responsive bar feel with impulse pivotal turning.

The Envy’s flight characteristics blend to produce a distinct “set it and forget it” feel.This makes it the perfect kite for everything from progressive wave riding to kite low freestyle domination.

Land a jump a bit too hot, under run the kite in a bottom turn… forget about it! The Envy’s lightweight design allows the kite to float directionally, enabling you to forget about the kite and concentrate on the important issues: making grabs, spotting landings and reading waves straight into the pit.

Envy Features

  • USB 3.1 – ULTRA STABLE EQUALIZING BRIDLE
  • EXO STRUT, ULTIMATE STRUCTURAL BONDING
  • UNIQUE LF DIAMOND WINGTIP DESIGN
  • DOUBLE LAYER LEADING EDGE CONSTRUCTION
  • SUPERIOR MATERIAL TEIJIN RIPSTOP T9600
  • GLUED AND STITCHED PANEL ASSEMBLY
  • MAXFLOW INFLATION SYSTEM, INFLATE KITE 40% FASTER
  • CRP, 100% DEPOWER – CENTER LINE PUSH RELEASE

Windrange

windrange liquidforce envy 2012

Bar

cpr bar 2012The LF CPR system allows an instant and effortless safety release of the kite, with either the left or the right hand, from the front or back of the bar. Once engaged, the bar will release from the chicken loop to either the 100% de-power flag line or 90% de-power main line leash attachment options.

While the primary focus for this new system was on safety and release advancements, the entire bar has been redesigned and improved. Julien Fillion teamed up with industrial designer Miles Hammond to create the new CPR, the most advanced, easy to use and reliable control bar and safety system in kiteboarding.

CPR Bar Features

  • 100% De-power Flag Line 
  • 90% De-power Option
  • Below the bar de-power cleat 
  • Center Line Push Release 
  • Non Mechanical 100% Molded QR Design 
  • Quick Click CPR Release Reset 
  • Color Coded 3d Molded Eva Grip
  • Auto Indexed Chicken Loop 

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview Liquid Force Envy 9m 2012

Kite is made for?

Rock solid stability, directional float, pivotal turning and effortless re-launch highlight the Envy’s “beyond delta” design for all around performance. This ultra lightweight three- strut platform gives light, responsive bar feel with impulse pivotal turning.

The Envy’s flight characteristics blend to produce a distinct “set it and forget it” feel.This makes it the perfect kite for everything from progressive wave riding to kite low freestyle domination.

Land a jump a bit too hot, under run the kite in a bottom turn… forget about it! The Envy’s lightweight design allows the kite to float directionally, enabling you to forget about the kite and concentrate on the important issues: making grabs, spotting landings and reading waves straight into the pit.

Test conditions

16/23 knots onshore wind, flat/chop water/small waves

Detail photos

LF envy 2012centre strut LF envyLF 2012 one pumpLF 2012 one pumpLF 2012 one pumpchicken loop LF 2012LF bar 2012

Conclusion

When looking at the results of our test of the Envy you will see that it scores high in the basic and wave discipline items. This is due to the short turning circle, float, re-launch ability, total depower and its responsiveness. 
The Envy is a playful yet stable kite. It offers a gradual power buildup and little bar pressure, making it easy to use when riding strapless.
The depower stroke of the Envy is short, and when the tension on the steering lines is low the Envy becomes a bit harder to control.

The Envy is a playful and light kite with good basic characteristics for waveriders.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

better high-end than low-end

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

great

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

Low-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

short depower stroke and less steering if depowered

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Liquid Force Envy 2012 09m
Name:
James Hardwell 
Weight:
70 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
23 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
durability
 
ShortLong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 19.11.2012 at 13:17 hour
Comments:
Finished 2012 season, had a great ride with the Liquid Force Envy. Safe & good kite control. Easy to ride!  
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Liquid Force Envy 2012
Name:
Thomas 
kitefinder.com - 11.12.2011 at 01:27 hour
Comments:
Found this page which has a good write up of the 2012 Liquid Force kites, hopefully it will be useful:

http://www.thekitesurfcentre.com/2012-liquid-force-d emo-day-and-reviews 
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