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TKB Review: 2013 Liquid Force NRG

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Liquid Force NRG
Sizes Available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 12, 14m

Liquid Force Says:

The NRG is a go-big power kite designed to deliver excitement every time you sheet in the bar. A true horsepower machine that stands out simply because of pure pull. Want to boost the biggest jumps of your life? Get some NRG. Ready to boost big? The NRG is your kite. The high-aspect shape creates loft in jumps, and can easily lift a rider who is just sheeted in on the bar. This is a kite that doesn’t even require loading and popping the board to send it.

Our Testers Say:

“Nice smooth and powered-feeling ride. Worked great in lighter wind. A little slow turning but OK for it’s relatively large size (14m). Best larger kite I tried on the trip,” Davey Beard.

“Great park and ride kite. Felt like it had endless power. Felt like a sports car – pull the bar in and vroom you’re off!” Walid Jomaa.

“Fast through the air and really stable. A different feeling kite than what I’ve tried in the past from Liquid Force. I really liked it!” Gary Martin.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2013 Liquid Force NRG is a very flat 4-strut high-aspect kite. The most obvious change compared to the previous NRG is that the rear lines now connect directly to the kite. All the LF kites feature the Liquid Force-exclusive Maxflow inflation system that our testers were very impressed with. We could actually inflate the Liquid Force kites faster with the included pump than with the compressed air we used to inflate other kites in the test.

Our testers reported great stability, light bar pressure, direct handling, and great upwind performance. While not as easy to relaunch as the Liquid Force Envy, the 2013 NRG is much easier to relaunch than last year’s version. Compared to the Envy the NRG is slower turning but delivers better low-end power, upwind performance, and jumping performance.

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The NRG uses the Liquid Force CPR control system. It features a push-away quick release, below-bar depower cleat, adjustable stopper, and soft foam ends with integrated bar floats. New for 2013 is an above-bar swivel that our testers reported worked very well. Our testers also noted that the depower line could be a little difficult to trim, especially if the line is wedged hard into the cleat.

Pros:

  • Great upwind and boosting performance.
  • Fantastic low-end power
  • Maxflow inflation system makes the NRG really easy and fast to inflate/deflate.

Cons:

  • Turning speed not as fast as the Liquid Force Envy.
  • Power delivery can be a little punchy in gusty winds.

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