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OVERALL RATING
5


03.12.2014

THE UNDER EXPOSED SECRET FREERIDE WEAPON by Westozzy from Australia

5

Pros

  • Incredible Wind Range
  • Amazing Stability
  • Unbelievable Wind Window Placement Control
  • Multiple Kite 'Feel' Abilities
  • Perfect Back and Front Line Synchronisation
  • Extremely Nimble and Quick
  • Impossible to stall
  • Superb Hangtime and Control
  • Upwind Angles Blow your Mind.

Cons

  • N/A

Best use

  • For me, Old school

Comment

Well to be frank I think North have really missed a trick here marketing it as a pure race kite. This is an incredible advanced freeride kite as well. It's hard to get REALLY excited after 15 seasons about a wing having flown so many since the two line foil days, but honestly I cannot wait to get back on this wing. It's the 13m I'm talking about but I would assume the 15m would have similar characteristics and I want one!

Obviously it has incredible wind range. At 74kg I have had it out from 11 knots (cranking! upwind on a 44 wide TT - so NOT a race board) all the way to 23/25 which is beyond it's specified wind range...not a problem. At the low end it is so damn light (you cannot help notice it when you pick it up either in the bad or inflated) it just performs in the light (relatively) stuff without hesitation.

It's predominantly a race kite, but it's stability is something to behold. You can place this kite in any part of the window, you have full control of this. on that light day mentioned, with some slight trim, I was hooking into the micro loop, leaning out and the kite would just sit in the perfect position to crank upwind...obviously as it picked up speed, I would unhook from the micro hook and slot it behind the stopper only a couple of inches up. THIS KITE CANNOT BE BACK STALLED!! So stable, so intuitive.

The next thing is really hard to describe but it must have something to do with that voodoo bridalling and the attachment points on the struts (an dhow they interplay with the wing obviously). When jumping this kite it is almost like you have the choice of multiple kite feel options. What I mean is you can sheet out, send 'bow' kite type jumping...or if you wish, crank it from low down with power to give what feels very much like a C kite jumping feel. It won't stall on you like most high aspect race kites...in-fact it LOVES IT! The more WANG the better! This has me scratching my head every time I take it out. I wouldn't be surprised if you unhook this sucker, which I will try next time with some more wind (I've only had it out at it's very low end and it's very top end....lol). As I aiming for maximum hangtime I tend to use half way between a C and high aspect bow technique..and oh does it love it! It's not just me...another veteran on 14 seasons got on it the other day and his first comment when he got in was...I'll be stuffed you can make this kite feel like an old C kite (he rides dices but used to fly all the older C kites, fuels etc)

The bar pressure (although very nice even on the hard setting) increases as you pull in (no surprise), this offers great tactile feel, static grunt control (to load against) but more importantly... what you have is exquisite bar pressure and line load control. I tend to use the gust, let the throw out, then pull it back to this perfect load point, where the kite has immense power and yet you are not putting it too far back in the window...

then SEND!! And wack...even on a 13m you go STRAIGHT up and then, the aspect takes hold and you go LOOOOONNG. Perfect for my board offs, but so much fun just to boost big and go long with a simple grab to stabilise the body position.

So there is this unique bar pressure feel built within this wing, and you can adjust this on the fly before you send depending on wind, water conditions and the board you are using.

In those light conditions I had a lot of time to inspect the wing at work. Those voodoo bridal attachments etc seem to make the leading edge turn as one..there is not of that crappy wing tip shear going on. Sure the initial pull puts pressure on the wingtip through the back lines, but then the front and back lines then connect and turn the wing in perfect synchronization. This creates a superb mechanical feel. And it gives you complete control of HOW you want the kite to turn, how much power and how quick.

The thing is, although it offers incredible tactile par pressure feel, let the bar out, and the pressure drops off the kite screams around the window allowing you to point into the wind at ungodly angles for an LEI. Even with huge 20-30 foot jumps and the downwind travel, one tack and you are back at your mark and most of the time beyond it.

It's got aspect...so the hang-time is superb, nothing new here...but what you get with this wing that I haven't found on other race kites (e.g. the edge) is the kite trajectory is very predictable, the decent is very predictable, there is none of this need to concentrate on your bar throw...or as with other wings they suddenly fly precariously overhead.

...and just to mangle with your mind even more...I have had this kite in the waves on a TT...It works just fine, because you have this control of where you want it placed in the window. It's no wave kite obviously, but it WORKS just fine if you know what you are doing.

Honestly I could bang on for hours about this wing...and NORTH you are missing a market here...this is an incredible advanced freeride kite! The best.


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26.04.2014

Great kite for heavy and light riders! by Robbie from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

5

Pros

  • Great upwind speed in light winds
  • Stable flight dispite movement in canopy in gusts
  • Light bar pressure
  • Good bar feedback lets you know where kite is.
  • Turning speed quick enough in big kites
  • Nice static pull, increases with wind speed.
  • Surprisingly good for wakestyle in light winds
  • Nice and powerful, does not drag you downwind
  • Better wind range than advertised
  • Stable frame and LE in heavy loaded situtation.
  • Plain colour but can be seen from a long way away.
  • Perfect match with Nugget

Cons

  • N/A

Best use

  • N/A

Comment

This kite is my bread and butter kite and gets used every few days, showing no signs of wear yet despite its light build. Goes perfect with my Nugget and charges upwind, then floats well when riding waves giving you power when you need it. Keep it moving and it works great in waves too, again despite it being aimed as a race kite. Perfect light kite with all directionals, surfboards as well as my raceboard. When used in stronger winds the bar pressure gets lighter but with great bar feedback you know where the ktie is all the time. Loops can be tight when needed and not overly powerful, no real powerspikes to pull you off your board. Charges upwind and gets more power as you pick up speed. Easy kite to use, not too technical at all and doesn't have any weird quirks. My wife loved mine so much, we got her one too so now were both out there loving it! Highly recommended for sure to my friends, 2 of them bought one too!


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