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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: SLE
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4 strut SLE kite for powerfull riders

Designers goals

New for 2012 is the Liquid Force NRG. The design directive was easy: make the most powerful kite Liquid Force has ever produced while remaining efficient through the wind window. A difficult challenge that has been met with the introduction of the NRG.

It took out of the box thinking and countless prototypes to come up with the perfect equa- tion. What was born is a kite that utilizes a flatter profile, unique bridle geometry, and a 4-strut platform to deliver the wanted performance markers.

Combined with the reliability of the Liquid Force Diamond Wing Tip the NRG re-launches automatically and boasts a massive wind range. If you are looking for unsurpassed power with deep low end and lift for huge jumps, the NRG is your kite!

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 liquid force NRG

Bar

cpr kite bar 2012 liquid forceThe 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: 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 4
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 10m

Kite is made for?

The design directive was easy: make the most powerful kite Liquid Force has ever produced while remaining efficient through the wind window. A difficult challenge that has been met with the introduction of the NRG.

It took out of the box thinking and countless prototypes to come up with the perfect equa- tion. What was born is a kite that utilizes a flatter profile, unique bridle geometry, and a 4-strut platform to deliver the wanted performance markers.

Combined with the reliability of the Liquid Force Diamond Wing Tip the NRG re-launches automatically and boasts a massive wind range. If you are looking for unsurpassed power with deep low end and lift for huge jumps, the NRG is your kite!

Test Conditions

16/23 knots onshore wind, flat/chop water

Detail photo's

LF 2012 NRGbridle with 2 pulleysLF 2012 one pumpLF 2012 one pumpLF 2012 one pump openchicken loop LF 2012LF bar 2012

Conclusion

The NRG does exactly what it was designed to do, deliver pressure. It
delivers a lot of pressure which is easily kept under control using the
"sheet and go" through the bar. 
The NRG is stable and easy to ride. The pressure is built up gradually in
the flight line and by positioning the stopper bar you can decide how much
of the power is lost when you let the bar go.
It takes some time to fully understand the best 'big air' timing required by the NRG. Its
reaction time and turning speed feel somewhat slow, but with the kite and board in the right position you will soon discover how to get anything out of this kite.

The materials used and the finish of the 2012 Liquid Force range is
excellent, and we were surprised by the light bar.

The NRG is particularly well suited for the heavier riders among us or old
school freaks, this because the NRG gives you the time for board offs,
multiple spins or straight up transitions...  tricks from the good old
times.

The NRG is your kite if you are looking for big power and simple oldschool
fun!

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower on the bar and freestyle safety setting

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

great

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

gradual but brings you to a higher level

Low-end

Small range Large range

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

great with big air in his high-end

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

each time same one turning circle

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Pretty long depower range, but keep the tension on the steering line

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

lots of power on the edge of the windwindow, lots of pull in his high-end

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Liquid Force NRG 2012 12m
Name:
Jimmy Ryder 
Weight:
95kg 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 9 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 31.12.2013 at 11:23 hour
Comments:
I am writing this review now at the end of 2013 but I got my NRG in the fall of 2012 brand new and at that time I was looking for „something different” on the upper end quality level.
After using the NRG on water as well as snow, for the past 1.5 year I came to the following:
The 2012 NRG (and 2013 model since is no substantial difference between them) combines low-end power with larger wind range and high-flying freestyle.
The kite is basically a four strut ultra-flat canopy; I guess that makes it possible to generate that great low-end power.
I got on NRG coming from Ozone (which I like just as much) and looking at the NRG bridle setup with a pulley on the wing tip bridle and one on the leading edge helps on rotations allowing for optimal power trimming, the pulley on the back lines help spread the load keeping the wingtips from bending and gives a great stability through the gusts which here in Southern Europe is a problem. Also the wing attachment point I think is kind of very high but from what I understood this setup gives a great inside depower.
Overall I was really impressed with the low-end drive of the kite and the big lofty jumping capability. It has a light-touch turn initiation which helps me keep the kite in control and a great de-power on demand.
Making a comparison between the other kites I try out, the turns are more pivotal but don’t generate as much power like the other fuller, wing-tipped freestyle kites in the group.
From my own personal point of view, I think the NRG is great for the riders especially on the heavy side like myself (210lb – 95kg), who need lots of power and prefer a kite that delivers extra power instantly in order to compensate for the extra pounds or tend to ride a little on the aggressive style.
This kite also works great and rockets when going upwind, its great sheeting ability allows to find the perfect upwind drive.
On the Water Relaunch I can say that is not the easiest kite to relunch but then again, who will be relunching the kite that often? If someone would need to relunch so often or has difficulties with the relunching that means they are fairly new to the sport and most definitely need some School Kites like the Envy and beside that also take some more courses.
Anyway for me once I learned the NRG’s particularities and it’s reflexes I would say is a mid-range reluncher – not the best not the worst, besides that, the NRG’s flat canopy adds loft, float and distance to boosts.
As I said, it took me some practice to get the timing of the flat arc to boost into better lifts and float, but the time I’ve spent this past summer with the NRG paid off big-time with some old-school danglers.
Counting the difference for me been used to more snappy and playful turning, NRG’s has comparatively smooth and responsive initiation, but slower turn speed and finish so I guess I could say that once I got the grab of it, it felt more like the „park-and-fly” type of kite, but at the same time if you wanna get the most of it then you really have to fly it. Anyway once getting into the fly mode I felt its possibilities with the big wide wind range, low-end and big lofty jumps.
Beside the above, for me coming from the Ozone system it was really cool having that Maxflow on the NRG so I won’t have to lose my breath pumping on the beach (joking now :-).
 
5 kudos - +

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