PNWKiter wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:13 pm
I had the opportunity to try this kite at AWSI in Hood River this past week. Maybe I had set my expectations too high, but I was expecting a rock solid boosting kite like the Cabrinha Switchblade or Duotone Rebel. Instead I experienced a kite with very light bar pressure and an unstable feel in the unruly Gorge winds. The kite did loop quickly though... Most of the feedback on the beach was that the new North kites have a tendency to backstall in the lulls and have stability issues in the gusts, the wave kite they have was nearly un-flyable. The freestyle kite they would not even let people test... There was a youtube video of these flying characteristics shown at a demo in the UK, but it appears it has been deleted.
Normally when I read a comment like the one above I just laugh and move on to more intelligent posts about the subject. Unfortunately, I can’t let this one slide. I had the opportunity to try the North Products at the AWSI event in Hood River.
I used both the Orbit and Carve multiple times. I rode the Orbit 9m with a TT. Medium bar pressure, perfect turning speed and excellent control in the gusty winds. Very impressive hang time. The Carve was very impressive! I used the 7m on foil and the 7 and 9m with a Surfboard. Again , like the orbit , great power control in the gusty winds. I was a little concerned on foil with 7m being very powered but it was super controlled with half trim.
The most impressive feature I though was how well the kites flew right out of the bag. I felt comfortable within minutes flying the kites. Any back stalling I experienced in Hood River was a product of the conditions that affected every brand of kite that I tried.
The best advice I can offer is try the North Kites and products for your self. Then you can decide if it’s something you would want.