Depends really....... I have a 2016 12mt + 2017 10mt and loop it for dark slides, powered front rolls and back rolls. So the basic stuff I find it's alright. One of the crew has a 2018 11mt and loops it crazy good. Really high powered back roll kite loops and it does it well. In the mega loop department......you would have to be a very brave rider or a pro.
Kiteloop (megaloop, downloop) with Rebel 2017 (and I 2018 I tested) is fine, not much happening really since it pivots a lot. I have stalled my 2017 completely half-loop and broken my bar + ripped my harness but it was set up wrong (5th too long and Y too high). As long as you are a recreational looper with properly set up bar, the 2017 and 2018 were just uneventful to loop. A pro would laugh at the gutless pull I think. I suspect the 2019 would be much the same!
I have experience with Megalooping the 9m and 7m 2019 Duotone Rebel and they were great. Not as intense as on a Dice or Evo but still very decent.
You have to know what you are doing though. I probably wouldn't recommend it as a first kite to learn to Megaloop.
I specially enjoyed the little 7m in 30 knots. That thing rips you out of the water.
As with any kite, best is to find a demo to see if the kite fits your riding style.
Most kites out there can do it all these days, just a matter of getting used to how they fly.
Impressive! As a dedicated Rebel rider, I can't imagine megalooping those things but I don't have the balls to try anyway. That being said, I am curious though...which line lengths are you doing all of this megalooping on the Rebels?
The most in-depth review on the 2019 Duotone Rebel.
Today, we’re reviewing the 2019 Duotone Rebel. It’s a kiteboarding kite that’s been around forever, pretty much has a cult following and in 2018 North kiteboarding completely redesigned it. Purist lost their minds, new riders loved it and everyone else is still trying to sort it out. We’ve had this kite for well over a year now and we’ve been testing.
So, do the new changes actually make for a better kite? Can you expect the same classic Rebel feel? And the big question? how does the new Rebel actually stack up?