North Dice Kite 2018 (18) Water Relaunchable SLE Kite >>
If you love freestyle, but also like to play in the waves from time to time, the Nort Dice 2018 is the kite you need in your quiver. For 2018 there have been some major updates; the goal was to create a modern kite with a slight delta shape to make it a progressive freestyle kite for advanced riders.
An extra panel was added between the centre and quarter strut; this increases the radius profile of the kite. Also, the leading edge diameters were completely reworked to increase the structural stiffness in the wingtip area. These changes have improved the dynamic handling that the Dice has always been famous for and impresses even the most progressive freestyle rider.
The steering is now even more responsive, allowing you to boost bigger jumps and control your loops with ease. Pop created by the kite is explosive, and there is a good amount of slack for unhooked tricks too. The Dice is the only kite to combine outstanding pop and release for freestyle with dynamic handling for waves, pleasing the kite crack who wants it all.
4 and 5 line compatible, the Dice is a confidence giver with great rider feedback and incredible stability in the air. If you want a kite that is especially prepared for all your Freestyle and Wakestyle tricks, but is also able to perform in waves when actively steered, then the Dice is the one for you.
The low end of the kite has been improved by opening up the profile of the kite to generate more power in lighter winds. This open profile has also added more stability at the top end of the kites range too. It’s still great in the waves with the impressive drifting capabilities, but it is perfect for freeriding and freestyle as well. To ensure it excites the freestylers and freeriders out there, North have made the kite more aggressive for improved lift and jumping characteristics.
The Dice 2018 kite feels lively in your hands, very direct and predictable in the air. The bar feedback is instinctive and riders find the kite easy to fly right out of the bag.
Kiteloops are really easy with the Dice for freestylers and it is still great fun to ride in the waves or flat water and yet also has excellent depower ability and quick, predictable turning and drift, ideal for the more surf-minded kiters.
Whatever the day brings, you will always be prepared to take advantage of the conditions. Whether it's freestyle tricks, shredding waves, jumping, cruising or all of the above, the Dice has got you covered.
Air Port Valve:
In 2018, the Dice is 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!
North Dice 4 / 5 Line control:
The North Dice can be ridden on 4 or 5 line control bars, uniting new-school and free-ride in one kite.
The 4-line mode boasts an innovative new safety system and bar-feel perfect for those who prefer direct and simple 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!
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 Dice 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 2017 Dice is built to last utilizing North's proven construction methods and the highest quality materials like our exclusive Teijin D2 canopy fabric.
Whether you're ripping apart waves, getting huge lofty jumps, or just blasting around on flat water, the 2017 North Dice is a stylish 4 or 5-line all-terrain freeride / wave machine that gives you an unmatched "connected" feel and virtually limitless performance in all conditions.
Adaptive Tips >
The North Dice will
feature 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
with a harder bar feel because they offer better feedback,
precise steering and more dynamic turning, which in turn
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:
Cam Battens >
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 Dice 2018 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.
Tolerant of Sub-spec Inflation:
The Dice works best when inflated to 6psi, but they still work fine at 5 or 4psi. By contrast, many kites on the market these days need 8 or 10 psi to fly correctly.
Leading Edge Diameter:
Tunable Bar Pressure:
The new Dice has a beefed up leading edge construction that allows for more durability at high inflation pressures. Frankly, one of the big advantages inflated kites have over ramair kites is relatively high inflation pressure. Pressure gives better shape stability and responsiveness to bar input. Being able to pump to a higher pressure has no downside. Other details, such as scuff pads that cover stitching and improved Lazy-Pump valves help ensure the Dice is built to last.
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