2018 North Rebel Kiteboarding Kite
Winds of Change: The 2018 North Rebel
Diehard North Rebel fans—take a deep breath—everything is going to be OK. Your 2018 North Rebel kite is now a 4-line powerhouse!
For many years, we have been recommending the North Rebel to that premium freeride kiteboarder. Historically, the Rebel has had amazing qualities, like huge jumps, ripping upwind ability and massive wind range. While those are all things that a freerider wants from a good kite like the Rebel, they don’t seem to want the 5th line hassle. North has effectively opened the floodgates and have brought the Rebel to the masses with this new development.
How will this 4-line Rebel stack up to previous models? Will it be just as awesome without the 5th line? Will more people finally make the move to the Rebel, now that it is a 4-line kite? Early feedback is showing that we, the North Rebel fans, will be absolutely stoked!
Stay tuned for our hands-on review coming soon.
What North has to say about the 2018 Rebel
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!
How will this 4-line Rebel stack up to previous models? Will it be just as awesome without the 5th line? Will more people finally make the move to the Rebel, now that it is a 4-line kite? Read more of Aaron's perspective, here...
- Now works on 4 lines
- Smoother, quicker and rounder turning
- Increased boost
- Increased low end
- Comfortable sheet & go on a short depower stroke
Teijin is the world’s leading supplier of polyester fabrics and sail materials to marine sports. The combined creative power of North Kiteboarding saw the formulation of TRINITY TX. Exclusive to North Kiteboarding, TRINITY TX is a 3x2 canopy material, which has proven to be far superior to other canopy materials in terms of durability and dynamic performance. The 3x2 yarn combination has proven to be the best solution in performance as well as durability, overall superior to any 2x2 or 4x4 yarn solutions. TRINITY TX. Made to stand the test of time.
The double coating process of Trinity TX createas a crisp and very direct response to steering, ensuring long term durability and strong resistance against any environmental factors such as UV. The unique coating procedure ensures that each individual yarn is covered and protected before being woven into one fabric. The additional second coating then protects the canopy as a whole, safeguarding the crisp texture of the material for longer. This process not only keeps the canopy material protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but also from salt crystals, sand, stones and other sharp objects.
Enlarged tubes from 28 mm² to 64 mm² to maximize air flow and allow for rapid inflation and deflation of your gear. Integrated into all North 2018 Kites.
|Size||Windrange||Rec. Line Length|
|5||23 - 42||22 - 24|
|6||21 - 40||22 - 24|
|7||19 - 38||22 - 24|
|8||17 - 36||22 - 24|
|9||15 - 34||22 - 24|
|10||13 - 32||22 - 24|
|11||12 - 29||22 - 24|
|12||11 - 26||22 - 24|
|13||10 - 23||22 - 27|
|14||9 -21||22 - 27|
|15||8 -20||22 - 27|
The 2018 Click Bar and Trust Bar do not come with chicken loop, chicken dig and safety leash! Please consider adding a style kit.
Powering and depowering your kite has never been easier. The unique Trim Unit enables you to power and depower in precise steps at the flick of a switch. To reach optimum safety the Click bar is equipped with the Iron Heart V, ensuring a quick and reliable safety release. Furthermore lines, even the guided safety line, are automatically untwisted during rotations. Delivered with a 4 line set up and adjustable to 22 m or 24 m line length, the Click bar is the cleanest system on the market. Also available is a 5th Element Upgrade Kit.
The North Kiteboarding Trust Bar is a progressive and effective tool to steer your kite. It is equipped with the most functional safety system in kiting, the Iron Heart V. Over the years it has made a name for itself in the kitesurfing industry and amongst the riders; it stands for unmatched safety and reliability.
Comes with a small chicken loop for a bigger depower stroke and a shorter leash for less tangling. Not designed for unhooking.
Comes with a large chicken loop for easy unhooking and hooking back in and a long, soft, neoprene covered leash. Kit designed for easy and comfortable passing of the bar.
Smooth sliding of the rope in combination with rope harness means no wear on the rope. Direct connection to the Iron Heart results in a bigger depower stroke. No irritating chicken dig.