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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby papasmerf » Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:09 pm

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby papasmerf » Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:10 pm

I’ve been using north sonar 85cm w 1150 80% of the time and 1650 20%. Been super happy. I find the 1650 rides very similar to the 1150, a lot lower stall speed. Looking forward to trying the carbon mast and fuse and bigger wings. I’m kiting on inland lake at 200 lbs with SS hypermiler board

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby gmb13 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:49 pm

Nem0 wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:48 pm
Hi everybody,
who can provide chord length, volume and AR of the Frontwing 2200R and HA1450 please?
Center Chord of the HA1450 is 172mm. Simple AR is 7.6

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby mattaiken MYS NKB » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:34 pm

Here's our first retailer review, this one from Matt Nuzzo at Real Watersports, Cape Hatteras, NC.


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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby dewwy » Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:15 pm

I'm looking at reach 15/17 for those 12-15kn days in the summer to progress my unhooked riding. Did they change anything from 2020 to 2021 on the 15m? How does the 15 compare to the 17? Am roughly 90kg with gear.

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby Kerplow » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:56 am

mattaiken MYS NKB wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:34 pm
Here's our first retailer review, this one from Matt Nuzzo at Real Watersports, Cape Hatteras, NC.

Thanks, but this is "american style" review about nothing basically. No real comparisson between new kite and last year version. "Less dacron, new color", blah blah blah... :)
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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby fabkites » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:02 pm

dewwy wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:15 pm
I'm looking at reach 15/17 for those 12-15kn days in the summer to progress my unhooked riding. Did they change anything from 2020 to 2021 on the 15m? How does the 15 compare to the 17? Am roughly 90kg with gear.

cheers

low end is about the same, the 17 will have more pull that could be tough to hold down at your size. I think the 15 would be good pick, not losing any low end range, easier to hold down and edge with.

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby mattaiken MYS NKB » Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:56 pm

fabkites wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:02 pm
dewwy wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:15 pm
I'm looking at reach 15/17 for those 12-15kn days in the summer to progress my unhooked riding. Did they change anything from 2020 to 2021 on the 15m? How does the 15 compare to the 17? Am roughly 90kg with gear.

cheers

low end is about the same, the 17 will have more pull that could be tough to hold down at your size. I think the 15 would be good pick, not losing any low end range, easier to hold down and edge with.
This feels about right to me too.

The bigger sizes (13/15/17) on the 2020 already have the light bladders but still have some weight savings for 2021.

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby mattaiken MYS NKB » Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:05 pm

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Thanks, but this is "american style" review about nothing basically. No real comparisson between new kite and last year version. "Less dacron, new color", blah blah blah... :)
[/quote]

Respectively I don't think anyone who's used the Reach would expect a complete makeover on this kite.
The further build refinement/weight reduction is a big part of the story.
To me what comes through from the review is that one of the biggest kite shops in the world with access to almost every brand/model of kite is speculating that it will be their best seller in 2021.
I think this is as much from the massive success of the 2020 model as it is about the changes to the 2021.
If you're interested I hope you have a chance to try it. The Reach is a unique example of a true performance all-arounder.

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Re: North launches all-new Wing, Kite, SUP and Surf Foil, Reach kite and Freestyle Collection 2021

Postby Kerplow » Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:45 am

mattaiken MYS NKB wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:05 pm
Thanks, but this is "american style" review about nothing basically. No real comparisson between new kite and last year version. "Less dacron, new color", blah blah blah... :)
[/quote]

Respectively I don't think anyone who's used the Reach would expect a complete makeover on this kite.
The further build refinement/weight reduction is a big part of the story.
To me what comes through from the review is that one of the biggest kite shops in the world with access to almost every brand/model of kite is speculating that it will be their best seller in 2021.
I think this is as much from the massive success of the 2020 model as it is about the changes to the 2021.
If you're interested I hope you have a chance to try it. The Reach is a unique example of a true performance all-arounder.
[/quote]

Maittaiken, let' s be realistic here (even you are partial here). As you mentioned, they are speculating and whole review is basically bullet points from North official website. No data about what changed - e.g. weight reduction improved low end, turning speed, etc.
To speculate that it will be best seller is probably simple promo, to boost sales. Again, I can speculate, that they got the best wholesale prices on North compared to other brands and that leads earning biggest profits out of this deal.

Don't get me wrong - i'm a newly converted North user, but I hate content about nothing ;)


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