2020 North Navigator Control Bar
The North Navigator bar comes WITH a Standard Freeride Loop. Additional attachment styles can be added for easy swap-out!
What North has to say about the Navigator:
Release and reload faster with the intuitive single-action reload.
Connect Quick Release, and change quickly between disciplines with the Tool-less Interloop; our no-tools required modular harness loop replacement system. The Navigator Control System raises the bar in kite safety, connecting you intuitively to your kite so you can think less and feel more. We've taken premium leading technology materials and applied simplified ergonomic design for precise performance with ease and comfort. Sensing your kite's position just became second nature.
So much mechanical finesse, load-testing and material knowledge has gone into the development of the Connect Quick Release, ensuring it meets our demanding safety criteria. The end result raises the industry standard as a whole. We’ve developed and refined the entire Navigator Control System harmoniously from the ground up, providing a premium user experience that is simple, intuitive and refined - right down to the sound of the closure. Push and click.
- Integrated retractable line winder bungee - prevents tangled lines when packed up. Bungee retracts when not in use.
- Leader line PU tubing Covers - help to prevent line abrasion.
- Over molded trim handle
- Custom TPU tubing profile
- Two adjustable bar length size options - (45-50cm and 50-55cm) to fine tune the turning speed of your kite.
- Injection molded soft EVA bar ends - ensure nothing hard comes in touch with you or your board and contain rear line adjustment.
- Tactile offset finger bar - for an ergonomic grip and intuitive feel when the control bar is orientated correctly.
- Spinning handle with custom low-friction washer to un-spin your front lines easily.
- Cleated trim system
- Color coded components
- 100 % Dyneema SK99 control line
- Easy to reach trim handle
- Dyneema depower and trim lines
Think less. Feel more. Latest technology premium materials for precise performance, ease and comfort. Intuitive ergonomics and direct feedback.
Connect Quick Release
Red Quick Release handle - has been ergonomically designed to fit in your hand comfortably for an industry standard push away release.
Low friction co-efficient materials - enable fast, safe releases in a wide range of conditions.
316 stainless steel - All loaded or running surfaces feature highly polished 316 stainless steel components.
Intuitive single-action reload - raises the bar in kite control system safety
Our patented quick release system with intuitive single action reload. Lifting the release handle is not necessary to reload the Connect Release. Included with Navigator Control System. See Spare Parts to order separately.
Change quickly between disciplines with our toolless interchangeable loop connection system.
- Toolless Interloop - Push, twist, pull, lock and go. Our Toolless InterLoop makes the customer experience effortless when swapping between disciplines.
- LockGuard flexible safety ring with pull-tab secures loop connection and prevents accidental release of your interloop.
- Optimised TPU material for flex and durability.
REFINED AND INTUITIVE
WITH HUGH PINFOLD
The Connect. Our patented quick release system with intuitive single-action reload.
We've always had this dream of the Connect System being as easy to load and release as a car seatbelt. You push, and you click.
The problem is, a seatbelt won't release when there's a load on it.
Our North Design team has been searching for the past 15 years, but every other product with a quick reset is designed to hold with high forces. Our control system has to reset easily and be released while under high load, with a low release load. It's a tough set of requirements.
Our primary objective in evolving the quick release system is safety, but we also want the customer experience to be intuitive.
The Connect is designed to reload from any angle, without needing to be super-accurate. Simply push the loop into the vicinity and it locks. It can also be conveniently reloaded with one hand, and relied on for safety in challenging situations. Imagine you're being pulled onto a reef with waves crashing over you, you're the only one out there. If you can't reconnect, you're in trouble.
A further design complication is the harsh sand and saltwater environment which means you need to strip everything back as much as possible. If the tolerances are too tight, and there's sand throughout, the components will not release.
So much mechanical finesse, load-testing and material knowledge has gone into the development of the Connect Quick Release, ensuring it meets our demanding safety criteria. The end result raises the industry standard as a whole.
We've developed and refined the entire Navigator Control System harmoniously from the ground up, providing a premium user experience that is simple, intuitive and refined - right down to the sound of the closure. Push and click.
HUGH PINFOLD, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
Hugh's inspiration comes from being out in nature, from kiteboarding, a sport that demands you are fully present and in the moment. Hugh believes in the balance of yin and yang – the power and simplicity of nature meeting the energy and progressive push of technology.
As kiteboarding matures he sees the tendency in the industry to keep adding to design and functionality but believes that can lead to complexity for complexity's sake. He believes that the key is to identify exactly what is needed and remove what is not, crafting every detail with fine precision. To be simple yet powerful is challenging, and he has made it his life's work.
Hugh spends his time sourcing the best materials and technical craftsmanship from the world's finest and then puts it to work between wind and water.