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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: SLE
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Three strut SLE kite for allround freeride kitesurfers.

Designer goals

Liquid Force allrounder.  With just three struts the designers are aiming for a light, stable kite with a short turning circle and easy re-launch. Weekend riders, surfseekers or unhooked freaks, give it a try! 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Liquid Force
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m to 25m
Bar length: 45cm-50cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

Who is the kite for?

The Envy is Liquid Force's 2011 allround kite. A three strut kite which is stable, light, pivot turning and easy re-launch... just the characters that the designers apid extra attention to.  Weekend-riders, surf-seekers or unhooked freaks, the Envy is the kite that should be right for it all.

 

Off water

The Liquid Force Envy looks good. You can clearly see the high quality finish.  The kite has three struts and is light. The two outside struts are long and help give the kite the large wing-tips. Briddles are spread over the whole leading edge to distribute the tension on the connectors.  The Envy has a one-pump system and a pulley at each wing-tip.
The CPR bar by Liquid Force is of a clean design.  All the systems are close to the chicken-loop, except the swivel is a bit too far up to untwist the lines while riding, so do this before the kite is launched (which is needed to ensure the safety system performs as designed). To perform unhooked tricks you can connect the safety leash to the depower-cord (check out the video under the specifications tab) to allow the kite to fully depower.

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On water

The Envy has good lift and glide-phase, giving the Envy good hangtime. It is a stable kite and re-start easily.  The depower is lang, allowing maximum depower. The feedback through the steering lines is fine, and even though the kite loses some of it's pressure in turns, it does give feedback in the turns.  The pop is easy and explosive, unhooked is childsplay and the bar has a solid feel. The turning circle is not the shortest available, but it's good and generally the same regardless of the steering input.

 

Conclusion

The Liquid Force Envy is a good allround kite with nice lift and sweet glide-phase. The low-end is not the best,  but once the pressure increases the performance of the Envy reaches a high level. Unhooked the Envy is stable, has a long unhooked sweetspot and an explosive pop.  The swivel is a bit too far off and this might stand in the way of the safety performing as designed, pay attention to this when using the Envy. 

The Envy has a good score in many different characteristics as you can see in the detailed results below.

 

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Low end is mediocre, but the high end is good. The force needed to steer increases a bit in the high end.

Safety system

Difficult Easy

When the powerlines are twisted a number of times the safety performs less than expected. The swivel is too far off to untwist the lines while riding.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Long depower, total depower at the end.

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Limited low end due to the reduced reaction to steering commands and the loss of pressure in the turns.

High-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

In it's normal wind-range the Envy quickly ofers a lot of lift, pop and a good glide-phase

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Slightly retarded and somewhat heavy

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Long stroke of control, only at the end of the depower is the steering reaction reduced.

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Very stable in turns, generally the same circle each time.

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Quick reaction in normal wind range

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

As long as you are not in the low-end it is easy to go upwind.

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