North Mono 2018 Kite >>
The North Mono is not only a light wind specialist but is also great for freeriding offering an easy setup and jumping properties. The Mono has an outstanding low end range, with the 5m2 and 7m2 models working particularity well with surfboards and lighter breezes.
It is perfect for travelling and can perform on a twin tip, directional or foilboard. The smaller sizes are ideal for fast progression, freeriders, wave riders and foil boarders alike. The kite has amazing low-end performance, and it flies upwind with ease. The relaunch is very fast and easy; thanks to the Delta design the kite doesn’t stick to the water.
The bar pressure is light, while there is a progressive power development as you sheet in, making it very easy to ride. Handling on the Mono is very dynamic, with fast, reactive steering the kite works well in all situations, also on foil boards. While the weight of the kite has been kept to a minimum, there are plenty of reinforcements in the right places to ensure it is very robust too. If you want a great all rounder with an incredible low-end for easy freeriding duties, the Mono is it!
Stripping it back to basics, the Mono takes inspiration from the Neo where a soft bar feel and linear power development are key. The Mono is easy to relaunch, offers a stable canopy and a very smooth handling. A very light but also very robust kite in a simple package. Completely new to the range is a 15sqm for light wind riding on a twintip, directional or foil!
You can also use the power of the Mono to catch a wave, crank up the depower and shred the wave with zero pull allowing for the ultimate ride in the surf. Its lightweight allows the kite to drift and hang in the air as you ride down the line; it also makes it the perfect travel companion when weight is an issue.
The Mono has a comfortable and forgiving feeling via the bar but still progressive. The turning speed is quick when needed and the kite is also great for easy jumping and excellent hangtime.
With relaunch abilities worthy of an applause, great power delivery and optimum sheet-and-go, you’re sure to fall in “love at first flight” with the North Mono. Ideally paired with a larger twintip or wave board, in light-medium strength winds the Mono will blow you away!
The Mono can be ridden on 4 or 5 lines and is an ideal kite for riders with a keen eye on simplicity and ease of use. Super durable and made with North's highest quality materials and construction methods.
The 5th line design, in addition to providing safety, gives the Mono its short and aggressive power stroke that is up to 30% shorter than most bridled kites.
This means huge range and top-end comfort on those super windy days and the ability to instantly turn the power off and on at will as you link your turns down the line.
North Mono 4 / 5 Line control:
The North Mono can be ridden on 4 or 5 line control bars, uniting new-school and free-ride in one kite. The Mono‘s delta shape also offers great sheet and-go riding, excellent wind range and high de-power.
The overall shape helps the Mono turn quickly and predictably while the new bridle geometry stabilizes the arc for a soft, consistent bar feel and extreme back-stall resistance.
The 4-line mode boasts an innovative new safety system and bar-feel prefect for those who prefer soft, easy handling.
In 5-line mode the 5th Element additionally stabilizes the arc, providing very direct bar-feel for new-school riding and the ultimate 5th line safety.
Auto re-launch means that you can go for it and never have to worry about re-launchng your kite. Just take your hands off the bar and let the kite do the work for you!
For 2018 the Mono features the new “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 more power.
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:
Since North were looking for softer, less aggressive- feeling small kites, they reasoned that flatter profiles, which “pop” less when sheeted in, might be the way to go. This is exactly how it turned out.
A 7 percent reduction in profile depth at the centre of the canopy gave a softer feel, and a further reduction of about 8 percent gave an even softer feel. Interestingly, this overall 15 percent reduction in profile depth did not result in less low end power.
Most obvious is the change to a “V”
attachment for the back pigtail. This has two benefits: (1)
it permits a better, cleaner relaunch bungee design, and (2)
it gives a more solid bar feel when the bar is pulled in for
CamBattens give the kite two key advantages: Lower drag at normal angles of attack and better profile stability at low angles of attack!
At normal angles of attack, the CamBattens keep the shape smooth and stable along the front part of the canopy.
Aerodynamic theory tells us that this is the most important part of the profile for generating power with low drag.
As you let the bar out to de-power, the wind tries to collapse the front part of the canopy and push the kite back.
CamBattens resist this by keeping a full, stable shape near the leading edge, allowing the kite to fly at lower angles of attack for more depower.
Combine the CamBattens with Trim Tips, the new tip geometry lets the kite tilt even farther, and de-power to the maximum.
All of this gives the North Neo a very direct feel on the bar, better low end performance due to reduced drag, and a much wider wind range. On the water you will notice that the wind just seems a lot smoother, with less holes and gusts.
Another change can be found in the chord wise (front to back) seams of the canopy. Where these in the past have been more of a “butt” type of seam they are now the stronger and smoother overlap seam. The improvement can quickly be seen in a canopy that is more wrinkle-free than in the past.
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