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Re: North Kiteboarding Meeting in Daklah

Postby Olivier D » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:42 pm

POACHER wrote:
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Any "game changers" that we should be aware of?
Yes :

It's all about the 2 stage arc design for optimised central efficiency & dynamic steering, the aero optimised canopy technology, and the duralite seam protection with lightweight reinforcement in critical areas. It's gonna be a game changer and totally worth your money.
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Re: North Kiteboarding Meeting in Daklah

Postby knotwindy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:52 pm

Olivier D wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:42 pm
POACHER wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:41 pm
Any "game changers" that we should be aware of?
Yes :

It's all about the 2 stage arc design for optimised central efficiency & dynamic steering, the aero optimised canopy technology, and the duralite seam protection with lightweight reinforcement in critical areas. It's gonna be a game changer and totally worth your money.
So that would be a NO, then. :thumb:

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Re: North Kiteboarding Meeting in Daklah

Postby nixmatters » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:41 pm

Kitemenn wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:55 pm
dewwy wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:39 pm
Modern QR (push-in reassembly, modular chicken-loops), arguably best lines on the market & clean design (no shit dangling around)... yeah quite disappointing :wink:
Meaning they are at par with competition...nothing special in my view...Lines are probably good but curious what price they are charging
What did you guys expect they would bring in just 12 months?!
Design (from scratch), material selection, prototyping, testing, tweaking, production...

It took B&M couple of years development and testing of the Click bar and still there were issues to be addressed in the second edition.

Had new North come up with anything radically new, you would have been the very first to loudly question whether this had been properly tested and proven reliable. And you would've been right.

As for their bar 'at par with competition' - they seem to have taken only 'the best of' and it comes at a fair price imo (if the prices quoted above are correct).
How many large brands use SK99 as their standard lines? Core... not really.
How many large brands have decent quality lines - Cabrinha, Ozone, Core... anyone else?
Push-in reassembly - Ozone. A local Kiwi deal on the IP I guess ;)
Twin-bore PU tube - Cabrinha, Duotone and few others.
Modular CL - Duotone, Slingshot...
Neat trim cleat with a really good looking handle - noone I can think of.

I look forward to seeing what new tech & design they may bring to the industry and sport next year. And if they don't, I will be TRUEly disappointed.
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Re: North Kiteboarding Meeting in Daklah

Postby Leon van Bergen » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:46 am

nixmatters wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:41 pm
Kitemenn wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:55 pm
dewwy wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:39 pm
Modern QR (push-in reassembly, modular chicken-loops), arguably best lines on the market & clean design (no shit dangling around)... yeah quite disappointing :wink:
Meaning they are at par with competition...nothing special in my view...Lines are probably good but curious what price they are charging
What did you guys expect they would bring in just 12 months?!

Design (from scratch), material selection, prototyping, testing, tweaking, production...
It took B&M couple of years development and testing of the Click bar and still there were issues to be addressed in the second edition.

Had new North come up with anything radically new, you would have been the very first to loudly question whether this had been properly tested and proven reliable. And you would've been right.

As for their bar 'at par with competition' - they seem to have taken only 'the best of' and it comes at a fair price imo (if the prices quoted above are correct).
How many large brands use SK99 as their standard lines? Core... not really.
How many large brands have decent quality lines - Cabrinha, Ozone, Core... anyone else?
Push-in reassembly - Ozone. A local Kiwi deal on the IP I guess ;)
Twin-bore PU tube - Cabrinha, Duotone and few others.
Modular CL - Duotone, Slingshot...
Near trim cleat with a really good looking handle - noone I can think of.

I look forward to seeing what new tech & design they may bring to the industry and sport next year. And if they don't, I will be TRUEly disappointed.
Well defined and totally agree! Thank you Nixmatters

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Re: North Kiteboarding Meeting in Daklah

Postby tomato » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:41 pm

nixmatters wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:41 pm
guys expect they would bring in just 12 months?!
well noted nixmatters. I work with product development and see what North did is pretty impressive. If they had 1 year, where about 6 months is for production and distribution of first batches. Tools for metal, plastic injections can take 2-3 months. Design looks- probably up to a month. Testing and failure check. Sign deals with factories, distributors. For real engineering and design work it is only 1 or 2 month left. And to make full range of products as kiteboarding company- it is a great work. They just need to survive first year, sell gear and make their name trusted.
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Re: North Kiteboarding Meeting in Daklah

Postby windsuks » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:07 pm

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