2014 North Rebel: We’ve had the opportunity to get to know the new 2014 Rebel this late summer and absolutely love it! The Rebel has all the power it has had in the years past, and again an enormous depower ability. This is huge for us here in the Gorge with our gusty conditions. It is a kite that maintains through the lulls with its super low end, yet feels stable and solid when the wind starts firing. One characteristic that stands out for 2014 Rebel is that it has good drift, where the kite doesn’t fly so fast to the edge of the window, permitting it to drift downwind. To summarize, this diverse kite can be described as a 5-line, high performance Freeride/Wave kite.
2014 North Evo: After a couple of chances to fly the 2014 North Evo 9m, we’ve found that the kite has been completely redesigned to be a full-on 4 line freeride kite. The 2014 Evo is going to be best for the individual who stays hooked in, likes to boost big air and feel direct, yet gentle bar pressure. Having been given less of a delta-C shape, the new Evo is higher aspect in the center giving it wonderful lift for huge hangtime. There are two bridle guides on both front line bridles, giving the new Evo a smooth predictable nature instead of a jerky/yanking feel when accelerating through the window. Maintaining the 5-strut platform, the new 2014 Evo feels stable and solid in gusty wind. The 2014 Evo is a new kite that fits in the 4-line Freeride/Freestyle kite category in the North line-up.
2014 North Dice: We are fired up for the new 2014 North Dice here at Big Winds! We’ve now had the opportunity to fly every size from 8-12m, at one point, all 4 sizes were on the water at once. The North Dice is being marketed well right now, and if you haven’t seen the wave/freestyle footage yet, be prepared to be amazed.
The Dice is a one-kite-does-all option for the rider who looks for a quick turning, good drifting kite for wave riding, and also wants a good freestyle kite for hooked in or un-hooked tricks. The Dice seems to fit the category of last year’s Evo: super versatile, fun in the flats, and fun in the waves.
2014 North Neo: After just now getting off of the water with the 2014 North Neo 9m, I can say that if I lived and kited in the waves every day this would be my choice. The new Neo has been completely redesigned by Ken Winner, with the help of Sky Solbach, in their Maui back yard testing grounds, the perfect place to design a true wave riding kite. The Neo has a super low aspect center strut, for really smooth down wind pull and drift. One thing that I noticed, similar to that of the Rebel, is that the Neo has a good steering response when depowered; again a super important feature for wave riding. For 2014, the ultimate wave machine in the North line-up is the Neo.