At A Glance
With foiling booming not only in kitesurfing but across a vast number of watersports, surfing, windsurfing, SUP, wake, sailing and more, we are seeing many brands put forward a crossover option. This issue we got to check out the Liquid Force Glider Foil.
The Glider foil setup is a carbon composite 125 wing set with a 36” mast. We’re looking at a kite foiling length mast coupled with the huge lift provided by a 125 wing set: dreamy. The aluminium mast and fuselage have been refined to blend into one another and the wing sets, which gives us less drag and a smoother ride.
One sweet feature on the Liquid Force foils is the Quick Release collar; this enables you to assemble and detach the foil from the board with only one screw. Less faff, more time on the water. Another much-appreciated addition to the LFK foils is the sweet foil bag, which includes wing covers, tool and grease in a handy travel bag to keep your new toy safe!
The Glider comes with the 36” mast and 125 Glider wing set. However, all parts are modular within the line-up. So, add in a smaller mast, and you can take this foil for a wakesurf or paddle surf.
On The Water
The Glider is one of the largest wing sets I have ridden foiling, and I must say I can see the attraction to these larger and crossover orientated wings.
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Getting up onto this foil is effortless, this foil provides lift at such low speeds that you can get up slowly and calmly without having to suddenly be going Mach 10. The foil is super stable underfoot, whether you’re riding at walking pace or cruising around the bay. The foil can breach the surface without too much cause for concern, so cruising round in choppy water or out in the waves you don’t have to be on high focus continuously.
It’s not going to win any speed records, but it is quite playful for a larger foil, handling faster speeds well. The wing set loves to be carved around in small waves and having that extra lift makes you able to experiment with pumping down the faces of swells while dumping all kite power. Don’t forget you can chuck on a smaller mast to this wing set to transform this into a surf or wakefoil rig too.
The Glider foil is a fantastic, bombproof option for kitesurfers either new to foiling or those wanting a solid high performing big wing setup. The Quick Release collar makes pack-down and set up simple, and the wing set itself provides a super easy, high lift ride that is incredibly stable and playful at speed. While this set up is not as light as a full carbon set up, it’s going to last many sessions without the need to be too precious about packing away. A perfectly cruisey, easy to ride, well-built foil set.
This review was in Issue 81 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Liquid Force Kites