Liquid Force Envy 10m Review

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The following review is written by an anonymous writer, but still it’s a review and the more reviews you can read about a kite, the better perception you can get about a certain product. Nuff said, here comes the review over a 10m Liquid Force Envy!

envy on beachDesign
The Envy is a 3-strut kite and according to Liquid Force a Delta Hybrid. It keeps the diamond wing-tips as seen on the Havoc and it uses the same USB 2.0 bridle. The construction of the kite is impressive, like all Liquid Force gear. Liquid Force has got lots of attention for the great quality of their kites and the Envy is no exception. the envy has some really nice touches in the design and layout and you can tell that the Liquid Force team really have endeavored themself to create a great final product. Black on black print on the struts are there purely for your pleasure when you come close enough to see them, i.e. when you pump your kite or perhaps have the honour to catch someones kite that eh wants to land. One-pump system is standard nowadays and there are reinforced stitches at exposed areas.

 

envy_barThe bar
Liquid Force has their roots in wakeboarding where their CPR control system was as simple as it could get. The Envy bar is still simple, but with all the stuff that comes to a kite-bar, such as o’shit handles, a centre line for extra safety and the new CPR chicken loop. The chicken loop is great, fully molded into one piece without any moving parts and it simply hooks you in and out. This is one of the best bar systems in my opinion and it inpires you with confidence. There is also a sliding stopper ball and the bar itself is color coded to make things easier for your brain.

In the air
The Envy is powerful, it has loads of low end power and the lower aspect ratio really helps to deliver some grunt. The bar pressure is very light, just enough to give the kiter a feeling of where the kite is positioned in the sky. Steering is fairly direct, but not as good as with back lines connected to one attachment point. The bridle system does however not impair the steering to any great extent. The instant depower you can achieve from the bridle is a big plus and the diamond wingtips obviously increases the kites wind range. The canopy felt solid even when the kite was fully depowered and the pull through out the wind window is smooth. The Envy has a tendency to sit a little back in the wind window, this means that it has lots of low-end power and it’s hard to get the kite cruise upwind at the bottom of its wind range. Once the wind picks up a bit this ceases to be a problem. The unhooked performance of the Envy is great and the kite is stable in the air when you perform tricks. Jumping is superb and the kite delivers lots of boost when you send it back in the wind window. In general a fun kite that is easy to handle and that will give joy to many different kite styles. If you’re a heavy rider like me then the Envy comes to its best use when the wind lays between middle to top of the wind range.

For
A well constructed kite that really comes alive when the wind picks up. Great for free-riding and jumps.

Against
While it has lots of low-end power it comes to the cost of the abilty to go upwind in light wind conditions.

Overall
A well made kite that appeal many styles, especially the low-end power will make wakestyle riders happy. It works great as a park and play kite while it at the same time can give you real blast if you want to ride more aggresively.


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