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2016 Liquid Force Elite Kite

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2016 Liquid Force Elite Kite
2016 Liquid Force Elite Kite

Regular Price: $1,549.00

Special Price $899.00

The 2016 Liquid Force Elite is a high-performance ram air kite with unmatched capabilities on land, snow and the water.

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Regular Price: $1,549.00

Special Price $899.00

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The Liquid Force Elite is a closed cell Ram Air kite, but don't let that scare you.  With the explosion of hydrofoil kiteboarding, foil kites have grown new wings in the kiteboarding scene.  As a result, there's a good chance you have been seeing these kites in the water where just a few years ago you would only have seen them used in snow kiting.  So, maybe you are wondering, "what's up with foil kites?".  Well, as a recently converted hydrofoil kiteboarder, let me tell you.

First of all, these are not beginner kites.  Ram Air kites have been around since the beginning of kiteboarding, but with the invention of the inflatable kite, they virtually disappeared from the water.  They continued, however, to be the kite of choice for snowkiting where their technical advantages are undiminished by their shortcomings on the water.  The main crux, of course, is the water relaunch.  While Ram Air kites are water launchable, it is a time sensitive operation.  With some practice and experience, they can be relaunched effectively, however, once they take on too much water it's time to swim for land.

So, what are these technical advantages?  A properly tuned and pressurized foil kite has a very flat profile giving foil kites optimal projected area and making them highly efficient.  The absence of bladders makes them super lightweight and gives them an otherworldly stability and the ability to perform in extremely light wind.  The combination of lightness and efficiency allows them to fly closer to the edge of the wind window, in fact, when you first fly one, you'll swear it's flying right out of the window.   Their lightness also gives them drift characteristics unmatched by any inflatable kite.  They behave, in this respect, more like a gas than a solid.  Especially in light wind, the kite doesn't feel like a heavy object struggling to stay in the air and more like a cloud that just floats wherever you put it.  The result is that foil kites perform way better than inflatables both upwind and downwind.  The fact of the matter is that foil kites can run circles around inflatables and if not for the water relaunch issue we would all be riding them.

So, to talk about the Elite more specifically, the Liquid Force Elite is, as mentioned above, a closed cell ram air kite, meaning it gives you more time to relaunch it before it takes in water.  That's definitely a plus and so is its use of water repellent fabric.  Designed by renowned foil kite designer, Benoit Tremblay, the Elite offers faster pressurization due to its unique double barrel air intake ports while its baffle system increases air cell communication.   In other words, it inflates fast and stays inflated well.  Performance-wise, the Elite has great stability, massive boost, awesome drift, ridiculous drift, and huge depower.  Everything that is great about foil kites, the Elite delivers in spades.  

Bottom line: If you are an intermediate to experienced kiter looking to harness the advantages of a foil kite, the Liquid Force Elite is an easy to use high-performance foil kite that will make you a convert, especially if you are riding foil boards.  

 
Liquid Force Elite
 
Key Features:
  • Closed cell ram air construction
  • Double barrel Intake valves
  • Ultra depower bridle system
  • Wingtip dump valves 
  • Durable, high tenacity bridle construction
  • Water resistant fabric
  • Unique trailing edge cell communication
  • Simple 4-line setup

 

CHECK OUT THE LIQUID FORCE ELITE IN ACTION!

 

SKU 2016-LF-ELITE-KITE
Brand LIQUID FORCE
Easy to use, extremely efficient. Awesome all around light wind kite. Review by Ben
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I recently tested a 12m Liquid Force Elite foil kite, and I was extremely impressed. I was riding a small twin tip in 10-12knts with no problems at all. I was able to cruise upwind with ease, especially compared to other kiters on kites as big as 17s. Coming from LEI kites, it takes a bit of time to transition, but the switch is effortless. The Elite is able to make solid power with very little kite movement, it seems to prefer to be locked into one spot as you edge harder and harder upwind. The Elite rewards board speed more than any LEI kite I've ever flown. The faster you go, the faster it wants to go. As the wind began to dip below 10knts, I traded my twin tip out for a surf board, and kept riding while everyone else was packing up. Overall I was very impressed with the Elite's ease of use, while still being such an efficient and high performance kite. (Posted on 5/13/2016)
Light wind machine Review by Ed
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Recently had the chance to fly the 12m Elite on a land boarding session. I was flying a 12 inflatable for about a half an hour when the wind started to lull from 8 to 12 mph. My inflatable was really wanting to back stall or fall out of the sky in the lull. I flew the 12m Elite for the rest of the afternoon. Once the ram air cells are full the kite is very stable even in these lulls. I was nicely powered and able to cruise up and down the beach without having to move the kite for any additional power. I am looking forward to trying this kite on the water soon! (Posted on 3/17/2016)
GREAT KITE! Easy transition from Inflatable kite to this Ram Air Kite! Review by Brendan
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I tested the 9m Elite kite with the LF Response bar and a 142 Overdrive. The wind was dropping from 18 kts to about 10-14kts and most people were struggling to stay upwind on 12m kites by the time i got out on the water. I was able to stay powered on the Elite and charge upwind better than guys who were powered on 17m kites and riding upwind. The kite was simple to launch from the beach if you follow the instructions in the manual or watch the video. It helped a lot to pre-inflate the foils for launching and tugging hard on the rear-steering lines was key to making the relaunch easy. I was surprised how quickly the kite inflated and how well it kept its shape even during hard power strokes. The kite has a heavier bar feel than most LEI kites and slower turning but this was easily adjusted by changing knots on the pigtails. The Elite also liked to go fast especially when you ride downwind on a reach and has an insane amount of hangtime when you jump so this kite loves boosting! There is tons of depower on the kite too. Once i finished riding i tested the water relaunch by letting go of the bar and letting the kite fall to the edge of the wind window and it remained inflated and the lines slacked on the wingtip touching the water but it was easy to simply hold my opposite steering line and relauch the kite back into the sky. hopefully later this week i can test the Elite while riding a foilboard and really see how far upwind i can ride and how fast this kite can go. Overall i was surprised at how easy it was to transition from an inflatable kite to the Elite ram air kite and simply go out and ride. I also like that you can use any existing bar and still have tons of depower so i want to take out a bigger size and see how it flys overpowered. (Posted on 2/29/2016)

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