May 8, 2013
Author: SBC Kiteboard Test Team
Sizes tested: 8, 12 m
Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12 m
Design features: 4-strut, 4-line, SLE hybrid
The NRG is Liquid Force’s high-performance freestyle kite that will excite anyone who wants to boost massive jumps and have great amounts of low-end power on demand. It offers more power and a performance edge over the easy-going Envy. The NRG will appeal to intermediate- to advanced-level riders who want a kite that will give them the biggest air and highest-end ride without complications. The kite went through some major tweaks, with impressive results in performance in 2013. The overall feel of the NRG is more refined, with an even and more consistent power delivery and a more direct feel. The back lines now attach directly to the wing tips, which give the kite more instant turn reactivity. The water relaunch is as good as the Envy, and the NRG is stable and predicable in flight. The 8 m had good amounts of power and gave awesome boost and glide on some post-Sandy slick sessions.
The NRG generates a lot of pull through the second half of the turn, as its higher aspect and flattened canopy produce huge amounts of lift and glide. With easy-to-access power and an efficient shape, the NRG also rockets upwind with the best of them. The NRG is a big-boosting machine, but it also can unhook and offer loads of pop with some trim adjustment. It’s not the same easy-going park and pop of the Envy, but for the aggressive rider, this kite can perform in any condition. The NRG is a top choice for high-flying performance and extra low-end power. It’s the kite for those riders who are looking for an upgrade in power and lift that is set apart from the more simplified three-strut shape. The second generation NRG has delivered the performance to match its name.
-Long, flat kite; takes longer to finish turns
Takes some getting used to the extra power generation and time it takes to finish the turn, compared to the faster less pull, pivoting kites.
+ What the SBC Test Team raved about:
“I liked the NRG much better this year, as everything seemed to be improved. The eight-metre had a ton of low-end power and was super fun to boost huge.
“The NRG is a solid wing in the sky that holds together and offers great control while boosting big.”
Cool Tech Features
- High-aspect, flat-profile canopy
- Double-layer leading-edge contruction
- Max Flo inflation