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2013 Liquid Force Envy Review

May 8, 2013

Sizes tested: 9, 12, 15 m
Sizes available: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10.5, 12, 15 m
Design features: 3-strut, 4-line, SLE hybrid

The Envy has been a groundbreaking leader of the emerging three-strut designs, with its laser-like focus on hassle-free performance over a wide range of conditions and skill levels. With some small tweaks and more sizes in the range than last year, the fourth generation Envy has more for everyone in 2013. Above all, the Envy is easy to use, with intuitive, smooth flying performance, heaps of low-end power, and superb stability in gusts. From the Max Flow pump up to the effortless water relaunch, the kite doesn’t disappoint in the convenience category. But the Envy also has performance that suits beginners and advanced riding with equal conviction. It has lots of power that is transferred solidly and smoothly through the bar, as it sits back in the window slightly and beckons you to unhook and go for it on every session.
    Good pop, control and fine amounts of boosting capability, the Envy has enough performance to carry any level of rider to new heights. If you are a wakestyle warrior who puts boots on and wants to learn every handlepass trick in the book, then Envy is a safe and forgiving kite to work with. For those same riders that want reliable wave performance, the Envy’s fast pivotal turns, lightweight frame, and superb drift and balance make it a capable wave weapon, more specifically for sideshore, unhooked wave pasting and board punting.

- Upper end wind range
With a ton of low-end power and such a low-aspect kite, the depower becomes less in the upper wind range of each size. Luckily, there are lots of sizes to choose from now.

+ What the SBC Test Team raved about:
“I found the Envy jumped well hooked-in, and felt smooth with heaps of power that I could use reliably for unhooking, as well.”
“Fast and intuitive turns, with perfect feedback, and easy pop-and-control unhooked.”
 
Cool Tech Features
-      Max FLO inflation
-      Beyond Delta 3-strut shaping
-      Diamond Wing Tip with one pulley



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