For 2014, a lot has changed at Liquid Force.
The design team took everything that they liked about the Envy, added a whole host of design tweaks, and relentlessly tested all sizes of the 2014 Envy before releasing it for production.
• Sizes: 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10.5m, 12m, 13.5m, 15m
• New One Pump Inflation with MaxFlow Valve
• Compact Bridle w/ direct connect trailing edge bridle
• Split strut
• Kite backpack
What we like:
Liquid Force enlisted the help of a team of material experts to test the breaking strength of all the canopy materials available. They found some pretty surprising results and ended up on a canopy material that is built to last a very long time.
The new Envy retains the stability and easy-of-use characteristics that define this kite. The new changes: (canopy material, split strut, compact bridle and a direct connection on the trailing edge) make the Envy feel lighter and more responsive than previous years. The heaps of advanced wave and wakestyle riders that swear by the Envy are going to love it even more and the beginners will have confidence in buying a kite that they are not going to grow out of.
The new Max Flow pump and Liquid Force Kite bag are nicely improved as well. The pump is some sort of magic pump that allows you to need the same amount of downward force on your first pump as it does on your last pump. This is really helpful for lighter riders that struggle with getting their kites to the proper inflation.
Even with the improved kite turning speed and light feel, the Envy isn't as fast as the NRG! It's far from slow but if you're looking for a true speedster - make sure you try out the NRG
The 2014 Envy does not have the "auto" relaunch that years past have had. All beginners that tested the Envy had no issue with relaunch, but we felt it was important to report on the change.
Why you want the 2014 Liquid Force Envy:
The Envy is a spectacular kite for the beginner, the wakestyler and the kite surfer. If that's you, you're going to love the new feel and performance of the Envy. People that hated the Envy now love it. People that loved it, now love it even more!
Liquid Force Description:
Loaded with new features for 2014, the fifth generation, lightweight Envy offers outstanding stability, drift and do-it-all response.
New for 2014, the Envy features Synergy Struts fused with an ultra-strong Techno Force T9600 canopy, re-engineered swept wingtips, and the pulley-free Low-Profile Cascade Bridle that creates a direct feel and eliminates bridle tangles.
The result? Optimized safety, enhanced auto relaunch, plus smooth, predictable power delivery, increased high-end wind range, and extra rigidity for faster response, pivotal turning, direct feel, and superior downwind drift. Like all other Liquid Force kites, the three-strut Envy features our durable Bomb- proof Construction, lightning-fast Max Flow inflation system, and the super-safe CPR Control System.
Excelling in everything from gusty storm winds out in the surf to a thermal breeze in a pristine lagoon, the 2014 Envy offers ultra-stable flight and smooth, powerful response — for guaranteed good times.
With the hybrid delta profile and 3 strut design the Envy sits mid forward in the wind window. This position is ideal for stability and drift in the kite. The position also aids in upwind progression and allows for down the line float when in surf or riding straight at the kite down wind.
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