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North Technology Group Potential

Postby Kiterisland » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:43 pm

Hey guys,

So as we speak North Kiteboarding (North Sails, North Technology Group) are developing new kites. The exciting thing about it is they say while developing these new kites they will use the technology that North Sails has at hand. ( https://www.northkb.com/updates/media-release )

The potential with that statement is pretty exciting, considering ripstop is like cotton to these guys. Hopefully they will be able to use their 3Di sail making technology with their future kites





This would enable them to place exactly the right amount of carbon, aramid, dyneema, ect fibers needed into the canopy, less in low load areas and more in high load areas (similar idea as the Airush dyneema load frame but with much better execution). Then mold them into the exact shape of the kite in its flying position. No sewn in panels, just one complete canopy.
Here is another video of them using this technology on a windsurf sail although in the early stages in 2016.





All this coupled with Pat Goodman as the designer, there is so much potential there.
Just was curious what the community on kiteforum.com thought of the idea, or if this will ever happen.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby maffhieu » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:22 pm

Very interesting, but if they go this way, how much a kite is gonna cost ??? :o :o :o

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby windmaker » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:21 pm

maffhieu wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:22 pm
Very interesting, but if they go this way, how much a kite is gonna cost ??? :o :o :o
yes I remember 3DI windsurfing sails were 3 times the price of their equivalent stitched sails.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby Kiterisland » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:22 pm

maffhieu wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:22 pm
Very interesting, but if they go this way, how much a kite is gonna cost ??? :o :o :o
Yeah, would definitely be more than I could afford. Wouldn't have to make the whole line up with that type of build though. New technology is always going to be crazy expensive at first. Even just a few prototypes would be pretty cool.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby knyfe » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:41 pm

Hellfish memories anyone? Best’s legendary introduction to the high price market.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby Kiterisland » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:16 pm

knyfe wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Hellfish memories anyone? Best’s legendary introduction to the high price market.
Just looked that up, good point. Similar dyneema fabic, problem was they used it on the leading edge and sewed the kite together in panels. Weak point was the stitching correct me if im wrong. Benefit with north is they would have no seams in the canopy, just one complete sheet.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby Faxie » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:43 pm

Looks like it will be heavy...

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby iriejohn » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:47 pm

The key issue will be the cost increase vs the performance improvement over so-called "stitched" kites.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby Toby » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:13 pm

Interesting for sure.
There is a market for everything...
Let’s see what new developments they can bring into the sport.

For sure we consumers won’t loose with this.

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Re: North Technology Group Potential

Postby alford » Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:37 pm

No doubt, a very interesting brand to watch over next year or two. They have the technology, can they apply it to kites and sell them, that will be the question.


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