dice wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:00 am
Faxie wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:46 pm
Well if 'true' means mediocre quality and design, I'll skip.
Mediocre quality? That's not what North is known for.
You can thank their marketing department and dealer network for that.
As mentioned, the lines are crap, they still use sleeves, some bar parts are very prone to breaking, bridle lines are crap, and stitching on the kites -although neatly done- is all over the place in areas that shouldn't be weakened. And some of the contruction details are pretty mediocre too, mostly in the LE and near the battens. Had their share of quality issues too in the past, like any other brand.
You know, the kites are fine, it's not bad or anything, but certainly not amongst the best. Performance wise there's a better alternative for every model they have, and I also think that they have had fundamental design flaws for quite some time until not so long ago that they fixed by adding other stuff. They are getting better in that regard though. And they were very late to the game for adding a decent inflate, something like that should be inexcusable for such a big player. They're not the only ones though.
And guess what? They rip apart just as easy as most other kites when you got some pinholes.
And you pay top dollar for all that. Guess who's paying for that big marketing at the moment...