Speed mode. Send mode. Your Mode.
Introducing the all-new North Mode, powered by N-Weave. A faster, lighter and more durable wing designed for high-speed performance. The new Mode’s stiffer airframe is constructed from N-Weave, a high tensile strength woven fiber engineered by North Sails Advanced Textiles. Designed for the most efficient power delivery on the market, N-Weave helps to transfer wind energy into greater forward speed, explosive boost and unprecedented loft.
"This is the first material technology we've developed with North Sails Advanced Textiles," says North Brand Director Mike Raper. "Using N-Weave in the inflated structure creates a faster, more responsive wing that can jump higher and hang longer. We're all blown away by its freestyle and race capabilities.
"The smaller sizes are designed for high-wind days when you're in full-send mode, while the super-efficient 7m is optimised for power (and speed) in lighter air. No matter what mode you're riding, this wing performs above and beyond."
WHAT RIDERS SAY:
"The Mode is the best wing I've ever ridden. It's a combination of power and control. Thanks to the N-Weave, it's so light that there are no limits. The freedom you have is crazy; tacks, jibes, and jumps all feel way easier." - Chucho Nonnot.
The Mode will change the way you ride; with this wing, you'll be able to bring your performance to the next level. - Fabien Mummenthaler
The Mode has let me win a lot of races this year. The Spanish and Canarian Cup Titles and the Wingfoil Spain Tour Win are all thanks to the Mode.
North developed N-Weave, a new low-elongation, high tensile strength woven fibre, to help reduce geometric compromise in inflated structures. N-Weave creates a stiffer, lighter rig that holds its shape when under load and has a highly efficient power delivery.
3x stiffer than a traditional polyester of the same weight*, N-Weave reduces structural deflection and transfers wind energy into greater forward speed, explosive boost and hangtime for freestyle tricks.
*In tensile strength testing, N-Weave has 3.5x the tear strength of DLE160
High modulus UPE fiber is 11x lighter than a polyester fiber of the same breaking strength.
UPE-based N-Weave material is 40% lighter than traditional leading edge Dacron (175gsm).
Using N-Weave for the inflated structures reduces the overall weight of the wing by about 25%. This weight savings translates into greater performance, more efficient power delivery in light air, and makes the wing easier to handle in all conditions.
N-Weave also has very high cut and abrasion resistance. The UPE fibres that make up NWeave are known for their resistance to water, moisture, chemicals, UV and microorganisms.
UPE is also known for its durability and toughness.
Biostable and watertight
North has used a recycled PET laminate bonded to the N-Weave. This goes on the inside of the inflated structures, adding to the water resistance and longevity of the material.
High-Speed Performance Wing
The Mode has a fast, VMG-optimized design, which lets you sail closer to the wind, on higher upwind angles and reduces your need to tack or gybe. Hence, you reach the mark as quickly as possible. North has designed the Mode primarily for high-speed performance. Still, the stiffer airframe creates an unprecedented loft for higher jumps and forward momentum on
The wing has a balanced lower aspect ratio with rounded wingtips to reduce tip strike. The new panel layout delivers wingtip stability and increased tension under load. Featuring rigid GripLock micro-trim control handles for an immediate response and new race-window positioning to help you keep a close eye on your opponents.
The Mode has incredible high-end stability and an impressive wind range. The 4.2 and 5.5 are designed for high-end, stronger winds, while the 7m is optimised for greater power in lighter air. The wing also has excellent range, so there are only three in the quiver.
• 7-22knots – 7m
• 12-27knots – 5.5m
• 17-32knots – 4.2m (until you go so fast you can't hang on anymore).
Any rider will benefit from the wing's stability and tensioning. Once you're up on the foil, the Mode is designed for stability at the high end – whereas the Nova and Nova Light Wind are designed for better performance in the low end.
Dual inflation valves
There are two main valves, one on the LE and one on the strut, with an interlinking valve and hose. The dual valves enable you to inflate the strut to a higher pressure than the leading edge. The N-Weave material also has a higher inflation pressure capacity, which allows you to use a smaller wing size without sacrificing power.