The 2018 Liquid Force NV is built on seven generations, and it just keeps getting better. One of the most notable changes this year is the squared off wing tips. We found that by increasing the wing tip geometry, we were able to improve the direct feel of the kite. The fuller wingtips reduce wingtip flaring, so the kite moves through the window faster and at the same time it improves its stability in lighter winds. In addition to changing the geometry of the wingtips, we increased the length of the center strut and decreasing the diameter of the leading edge along the wingtips. You might expect a longer center strut to make the kite lower aspect, but Brandon assured us it does not. It is a small increase in length, the effect being that it gives the kite more power when turning. The decrease in LE diameter toward the tips is also slight yet meaningful, reducing weight and allowing the wingtips to move through turns more efficiently. Additionally, the bridle has been enhanced to provide more support to the wingtips to minimize distortion, and finally, the tensioned trailing edge reduces flutter and increases the kites longevity.
All in all, the NV gives you more of what you want without taking away anything away from last year's version. The NV V8 features faster turning with optimized power delivery characteristics to make kite loops and down loop transitions smoother, more powerful and more efficient, a more rapid response from the kite when initiating a turn, less flaring of the wingtips, less flutter, better leading edge rigidity and greater overall stability.
In 2017, Liquid Force unveils a total redesign of the control bar; Houston, we have a solution! The Mission Control Bar brings a new benchmark to the vision of pure functionality. While others seem obsessed with bells and whistles, the Mission Control Bar is all about clean and simple. From its one-piece molded composite construction to its PU wrapped chicken line, to its distinctly clean and eye-catching color scheme, whether you are getting ready to blast off into the stratosphere or just reach toward a rainbow, Mission Control should be in your situation room.
This is the 2018 Liquid Force Mission Control V2 Bar. We called on Brandon Scheid to give us the low down. This year's Liquid Force bar is redesigned from end to end and from the depower strap to the chicken loop. Our design goal was to make a bar that does it all and makes it look and feel natural. At the same time, we wanted to make our bar 100% reliable, and we worked exceedingly hard to do it. Starting with the chicken loop and depower assembly, we focused on making it simple and ensuring failsafe performance. Each prototype was tested extensively by our team of testers, undergoing 300 punch outs in every scenario we could imagine. We filled them up with sand and otherwise tried to make them fail. The final product is the most reliable safety system in the industry. Going on, Brandon walked us through the bars other features. After ensuring that the chicken loop assembly met our specifications, we focused on making it durable and lite. Using a single molded composite bar allowed us to bring the weight down by 50% without compromising on strength. Then we made it adjustable in all the right ways. The chicken loop comes with a small loop for hooked in riding and a large loop for unhooked riding. The rider may choose to ride with the safety pin or without it. We made the floats detachable, we gave it adjustable end cartages so you can easily adjust the bar length to 55 cm or 49 cm, and we made the lines adjustable to 20 meters or 23 meters. Thanks, Brandon!
The 2017 Liquid Force Overdrive is a performance freestyle kiteboard designed especially for heavier riders and light wind. This immensely popular board has not changed since it's inception five seasons ago due to it's already spot on characteristics. The Overdrive features inline inserts and medium rocker. It planes early, books upwind, has plenty of pop, and feels lively and predictable underfoot. Constructed with a wood core and moderate flex, the Overdrive will get you out early and advance your riding, jumping, and carving skills.