The first thing I noticed when I rode the 2013 Envy was that they made small tweaks to a product that was already working. Often kite manufacturers screw up a good kite because they feel the need to change it and make it different. Its really nice to see that Liquid Force slightly tweaked the Envy for 2013 but didn't spoil it.
I am converting my quiver to the new sizes this year, so I will have a 4, 6, 8, and 10.5m. Since the Envy has a lot of power per kite size I found that I was always overpowered on the 7m and a bit underpowered on the 5m. The 6m/8m combo works as a much better spread for my riding style. I am really happy that they bumped the bar size up on the middle and larger sizes this year too.
I ride the Envy as my primary kite because it rides great in the waves and is really solid for unhooked wakestyle. It is not too shabby at boosting either, but for the monster air time days I prefer the LF NRG or Best TS. For teaching beginners, I don't have to change kites to accommodate the student since the Envy is targeted at the beginner to intermediate rider.
REAL Pro Tip: I never use the Light Wind bridle setting on these kites even in really light wind with the 15m. I find that the light wind setting chokes off the kite and makes it stall in the wind window. Since the kite is pretty fat you don't get any back stall, but the power is just too punchy and not smooth like it is on the Standard Setting.
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