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North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby asanchis92 » Tue Aug 29, 2023 5:57 pm

Greetings everyone,

I'm currently embarking on my journey into the world of foiling, having already acquired a board and hydro foils. My attention has now turned to selecting a kite that's specifically designed for foiling. I've come across two enticing offers for the North Code Zero, available for both the 2023 and 2024 models. I'm deliberating whether the added expense for the 2024 version is justified, or if opting for the 2023 model might offer better savings.

I'm curious if anyone here has hands-on experience flying both the 2023 and 2024 models and could share insights regarding the nuances between them. While I've grasped the technical alterations, I'm particularly interested in understanding how these changes translate to actual handling and user experience.

I ride in Santa Barbara, CA so its mostly light wind conditions and flat water.

Your insights would be immensely valuable to me.

Thank you kindly,
Alvaro

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby echo123 » Fri Nov 03, 2023 7:29 pm

has anyone tested the new 2024 in 10m?

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby Axis1050 » Sun Nov 05, 2023 7:11 am

I have been a Cloud BRM fan for years but never fully happy with the 10.4.m
Recently I had the opportunity to demo the 2024 9m North Code zero. First impressions- slightly higher aspect than the Clouds and a bit heavier so a concern.
However, launching in very light wind was easy as was staying in the air in 4 to 5kn breeze, I use 32m long race lines.
On the water it has close to the power of the 10.4 Cloud and better wind range.

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby IWantToFly » Sun Nov 05, 2023 8:29 am

Axis1050 wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2023 7:11 am
I use 32m long race lines.
Wow. :o

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby mattaiken MYS NKB » Thu Nov 09, 2023 6:40 pm

asanchis92 wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2023 5:57 pm
Greetings everyone,

I'm currently embarking on my journey into the world of foiling, having already acquired a board and hydro foils. My attention has now turned to selecting a kite that's specifically designed for foiling. I've come across two enticing offers for the North Code Zero, available for both the 2023 and 2024 models. I'm deliberating whether the added expense for the 2024 version is justified, or if opting for the 2023 model might offer better savings.

I'm curious if anyone here has hands-on experience flying both the 2023 and 2024 models and could share insights regarding the nuances between them. While I've grasped the technical alterations, I'm particularly interested in understanding how these changes translate to actual handling and user experience.

I ride in Santa Barbara, CA so its mostly light wind conditions and flat water.

Your insights would be immensely valuable to me.

Thank you kindly,
Alvaro
Hi,

So full disclosure I work with North.

I had in my quiver 2023 Code Zero 7/9/11m and have now the 2024 8/10/14m.
I have not ridden back to back to back 2023 and 2024 but have enough time on both to make some comments.

To me the 8 and 10m appear to have a little more tension on the trailing edge and can be "forced" back in the window. This is good for doing all the light wind crazy tight turns and loops that are fun on foils. I believe all sizes had some tuning but I can't make a direct comparison year over year on the other sizes.

I'm around 210lbs and quite an experienced foiler.

The 11m and 14m stay in the air in and most importantly relaunch less wind than I can get on foil in. I've truthfully never experienced better relaunch on any kite.

If you're coming from a more traditional kite (3 strut freeride, etc) the immediate benefits come when you're pushing the low end limits of foiling. Blowing a turn and ending up in the water and not having to stress about keeping your kite in the air is the first most obvious benefit. Relaunch also. In my case I learned to foil on a different brand's 3 strut freeride kite and I could foil in way less wind then I could relaunch in. This made it pretty stressful pushing the low wind limits.

You'll also find a kite like the Code Zero takes very little effort to keep in the air, parked at 12 O'clock when you're in the water. You can pretty much sheet in and part overhead. It doesn't want to back stall or drift sideways and fall. Not of interest to you but this makes it an epic kite for people new to the sport and my (beginner/intermediate) GF has now realized the 11m Code Zero is the best lightwind kite for her.

Second level of excitement comes when you learn how to manipulate where the kite sits in the window, how to maximize turning, and how to channel your inner Fred Hope and get your foil freestlye on.

Great call getting a foil specific kite to elevate your foiling.

In terms of 2023 vs 2024 I'd leave this for you to decide. The 2023 is an extremely well refined kite, so you'll be stoked with either season.

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby echo123 » Fri Nov 10, 2023 10:31 pm

great info ! ...yes, I think the 10m is the right one for me with 176lbs for 8-10 knots..
the Neo SLS in 10m is too difficult to handle in ultra light winds.. ok, but not funny...

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby mattaiken MYS NKB » Tue Nov 21, 2023 12:00 am

Here's a review of the 2024 model.



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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby McLovin » Wed Nov 29, 2023 7:37 am

Stoked - getting a couple codes for my journey into foiling - thanks for figuring everything out before I started - to all those who have gone before me...

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Re: North Code Zero 2023 vs 2024

Postby mattaiken MYS NKB » Mon Dec 04, 2023 3:20 pm

It's a glorious time to foil, current gear is so refined. Enjoy.


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