North Rebel 2018 (18) SLE Kite >>
North Rebel 2018:
North Kiteboarding Trust Bar 5th Element Control Bar:
If ever there was a kite that needs no introduction it is the Rebel, one of the most popular kites of all time; it is the choice of ambitious freeriders and kiters who like to boost huge airs.
It’s perfect for experienced riders and experts alike, offering excellent performance for hooked in cruising and lots of hangtime.
For the first time in the Rebel’s history, it can now be flown on 4 or 5 lines. The 5th line is unloaded for 2018, meaning you can decide the best setup depending on your preference and riding style.
The turning speed has been enhanced, in combination with a smoother and rounder turning. The wind range has increased.
While many changes have been made, one aspect has remained constant; the Rebel is still the ultimate boosting machine offering huge jumps with lots of hangtime and glide in the air!
All that with the typical Rebel feel you love so much!
Air Port Valve:
In 2018, the Rebel is be equipped with the brand new Air Port Valve. The valves unique construction has several advantages, but first and foremost it saves time setting up. The valve works with any conventional pump or compressor as it can be connected directly to the bayonet insert of the hose. Additionally, the air passage of the new valve makes it possible to pass four times more air than before. The valve is also suitable for both, inflation and deflation.
The new Air Port Valve can also be easily operated with neoprene gloves thanks to the large diameter. Due to its very flat construction, it also prevents line snag. The valve enables fatigue-proof inflation due to the bigger air passage. Even bigger kites will be inflated within seconds!
Size Specific Tuning:
Size-specific tuning ensures that the big sizes feel crisp and lively and the small sizes feel forgiving even in blistering wind. The Rebel also features a simple back-line adjustment to tune it for greater or lesser bar pressure to suit your desired feel. As with all North kites, the 2018 Rebel is built to last utilizing our proven construction methods and the highest quality materials like our exclusive Trinity-X canopy fabric.
The North Rebel has become famous for it's direct depower, smooth, predictable turning, even when depowered and a short bar stroke. For 2018 this year is no exception! Flutter-free wingtips have greatly improved the smoothness and consistency of the Rebel's turning. This smooth turning combined with optimized canopy profiles that are highly resistant to back stalling provide seamless power delivery ideal for surfing. Improved bar feel and de-power in the small sizes means even more comfortable and accessible top-end so you can keep having fun even when the wind gets nuclear.
Adaptive Tips >
For 2018 the Rebel features the “Adaptive
Tip”. In recent years, there has been a trend leaning
towards more reactive kites with even lighter sheeting forces
than in the past. Such kites are really comfortable, lively
for wave riding and offer more forgiving kite loops because
they pivot around the wingtip. However, comparison tests have
shown that North team riders and testers actually prefer kites
with a harder bar feel because they offer better feedback,
precise steering and more dynamic turning, which in turn creates
The new “Adaptive Tip” allows users to easily change the sheeting force and turning performance through a simple back pigtail adjustment, allowing you to customize your kite to your desired style and feel:
Why Choose 5th Line?
Size Specfic Tuning:
1.) Sizes 10 to 14 have been tuned for short bar stroke and a maximally crisp feel.
Leading Edge Diameter:
Luffing and fluttering occurs most when a kite is overpowered, or when it is turning tightly. In both cases, the feeling of the bar is one of vibration and imprecision. Reducing luff and flutter gives the bar a smoother and more precise feel.
Tunable Bar Pressure:
**Prices shown are kite only - includes bag**
Depower Control Bar
So far I have been out on the 9 and the 12m, both moderately powered.
The kite has more reinforcement where it needs it and oozes the North solid build quality. I flew the kite both on the 2012 bar and the 2013 bar, this year's bar really does feel a great deal lighter and enhances the whole flying experience.
In the air, the Rebel is solid with no flutter through any redirection at all. There is quite a big change in the flying charachteristics on last years, a fast kite accelerating to the edge of the window and is unbelievably smooth in getting there.
Other key qualities of the Rebel have remained with full steering while de-powered, really simple re-launch, loaded 5th line safety, huge floaty jumps and big wind range.
The first noticeable difference with the 2013 5th element control bar is the weight, metal parts have now been replaced by lighter weight materials and it really shows a difference. I'm quite shocked by how it make the flying experience better.
The bar addresses a few of the gripes I had with the previous incarnations, the first being that it is now really easy to use the rotating head of the iron heart to unspin the lines after a lot of rotations. Previously this was nearly impossible to do on the fly and the worry was that the 5 line would not move freely. They have also given the 5th (or mini 5th) a channel through the new vario cleat, meaning it can't get jammed in the cleat another winner for me!
So have you ever had to replace the de-power line in the trust bar before? Only an Allen key needed! The new removable bar insert looks as though it will be a lot kinder to the de-power line which should increase it's life also.
You have probably read about the clever new bar ends and the new way of changing the line lengths inside the bar ends. It is really easy to alter the bar width with the kite in the air, really useful if the wind picks up and you want a less reactive kite to work on a particular trick. I did even manage to change the line lengths with the kite sat on the water, no more pulling the floats to get the the adjustment knots.
This has to be the most engineered bar on the market, what else would you expect from North!
I was lucky enough to have a pre-launch play
with the new Rebel 2012. This year I have been using (and
loving) the 2011 model so the new model had a lot to live
Really simple, 2 knots, 1 for more bar pressure
(or the same as the 2011 kite) and one for lighter bar pressure.
When I got back on the '11 Rebel earlier this year, the first
thing that hit me was the bar pressure, I soon got used to
it's not to many people's taste. This new feature on the kite
actually works and gives a noticeable change in bar pressure.
For me the heavier bar setting will be used for freestyle
and free ride sessions, and the lighter bar setting will be
the mode of choice for race board and wave sessions.
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