2020 North Orbit Kiteboarding Kite
2020 North Orbit Kiteboarding Kite
FREERIDE / BIG AIR
Big jumps. Big hang time. Big wind range.
Designed from the ground up, this kite that will rocket you upwind fast, with anti-gravity boosting capabilities. Optimized for all conditions, the North Orbit is a predictable kite that can be flown in the unpredictable. Light bar pressure allows effortless and precise steering with a massive sweet spot. A stiff frame provides a stable platform to help with overpowered airs and mega-loops in gusty conditions. Tested by nature and proven by our athletes.
- Phenomenal loft and hangtime - Wide fl at 2-stage arc supported by reinforced exoskeleton frame.
- Incredible upwind performance - Reduced leading edge diameter gives low drag profile for greater power and efficiency.
- Controlled response - Light bar pressure for effortless steering or just park and ride.
- High aspect sweep design - allows more area in the center of the kite for efficiency and easy roll to relaunch.
- Profile transition panels
- DuraLite Seam Protection
- Steering impulse option
- Low-drag bridle lines
- HyperFlow Inflation System
- No-pulley bridles
- Kevlar reinforced strut system
- Exo-skeleton structure
- Teijin Techno Force
North's New Kite Design
2-STAGE ARC DESIGN
The flattened 2-stage arc design enables a smooth curved efficient central region of the kite to produce power, with straighter wing tips for a more dynamic steering response.
All the kites share the same 2-stage arc design. What’s different between models, is the extremity of the arc width.
AERO-OPTIMIZED CANOPY TECHNOLOGY
We've added an extra panel that connects to the leading edge seam to ensure a precise lateral profile shape is maintained as close to the leading edge as possible, creating a smooth transition from the segmented leading edge to the curved canopy. This results in a more aerodynamic and efficient airflow and less turbulence.
REINFORCED DACRON EXO-SKELETON
A durable frame around the perimeter of the kite made from stretch-resistant Techno Force 160gsm Dacron material. The Exoskeleton helps the transition where the Kevlar reinforced strut system meets the lighter canopy material. It adds durability, strength and elongation control, protecting the canopy and making the kite more responsive in the steering and depower. The result is a durable kite that can hold its profile for increased performance and lift, but is also dynamic, flexible and can twist to turn.
A wide span, flattened arc kite like the Orbit Freeride makes the most use of its area, so it has the best hangtime and the best power delivery for its size. As the arc shape becomes narrower the kite uses less of its area to provide actual power and efficiency. A smaller turning radius kite like the Carve is fast in flight, with less power overall.
Spliced, pre-stretched bridle lines with less parasitic drag for greater aerodynamic performance. Our new manufacturing method to pre-load and measure the bridle lines before cutting improves accuracy and consistency. This combined with quality materials, results in reduced shrinkage, reduced elongation and improved longevity.
HYPERFLOW INFLATION SYSTEM
High volume single point inflation system with larger diameter hose for rapid inflation and deflation. Bayonet style main inflation valve compatible with most pumps. No adapter needed
TECHNO FORCE | D2 RIPSTOP FABRIC BY TEIJIN
Premium high-density canopy material made in Japan, using high tenacity polyester yarn for lightness, high tearing strength and high endurance. Teijin Techno Force has the highest strength to weight ratio and longest durability in the industry
DURALITE SEAM PROTECTION
Lightweight reinforcement to protect from chafing and abrasion along the struts to the leading edge. Thin foam padding is inserted underneath and forms a lightweight durable buffer to lift the kite slightly off rough surfaces, and protect the stitching along the struts and leading edge seams.
STEERING IMPULSE OPTION
Bar pressure / steering impulse wing tip tuning options let you fine tune the kite to your personal preference.
KEVLAR REINFORCED STRUT SYSTEM
For the most accurate and durable connection between the strut and the leading edge.
Simplified. Less breakage. Removing the plastic pulleys from within the load-bearing part of the kite improves safety and your connection to the kite. The result is lower drag, more accuracy and a more direct feeling as the kite powers more evenly through the turn.
RECALIBRATION. A NEW DIRECTION
WITH PAT GOODMAN
Where Craftsmanship Meets Technology
Using modern profile analysis software to put some data behind the engine has enabled us to go deeper into aerodynamic performance and to optimise the shape of the kites for greater efficiency. By testing different profile attack angles as well as different profile alignment to the airflow, we've been able to take a new direction for optimum performance, creating a premier range of kites.
Working with woven and flexible materials is a real challenge in aerodynamics. Nothing ever comes out exactly how you design it on screen - the biggest challenge is getting the actual kite in the sky to be the same as the one you have designed on the computer.
If it was purely aerodynamics then all kite designers would be aeronautical engineers - but this is not the case. There's a lot of handcrafting and understanding about building wings from flexible materials which can only be obtained from years of experience (and thousands of prototypes).
The stability of these materials also makes a great difference in the accuracy of your prototyping. We've tested some materials that are so inconsistent we've found ourselves judging problems in the kite that were not created from the design, but from irregularities in the materials - especially in an inflated structure.
Better quality materials, combined with more automation in the manufacturing process, allows kites and bridles to now be refined within millimeters.
Less parasitic drag. Greater aerodynamic performance.
It's important to have stable bridle material that is accurately assembled from the very get-go. Firstly, you want it to be consistent from kite to kite, and secondly, you want it to change as little as possible over time. We've carefully analysed and tested our bridle lines to find the best combination of stability, strength and durability. Then we've introduced a new way for the factory to pre-load these as they manufacture - before they cut them.
This automation allows us to greatly tighten the tolerance and accuracy, and combined with using the best quality materials, results in a very low change in either shrinkage or elongation and improved longevity. The kite should feel the same for a longer period of time. Since we don't use any pulleys in our bridles, the need for this stable bridle line is even more important.
Simplified. Less breakage.
The more bells and whistles you have, the more there is to go wrong, especially on the water. All of our kites use fixed-cascade bridles with no pulleys. Removing the plastic pulleys from within the load-bearing part of the kite improves the safety and your connection to the kite. The result is less drag, more accuracy and a more direct feeling. Without pulleys, the kite powers more evenly and has improved steering and depower response. This accuracy improves your experience and helps you feel more connected to your gear.
This is not the first kite equipment ever designed. Decades of hands-on experience has gone into improving and refining these kites. We've analysed every detail carefully to ensure all those years of feedback have been addressed and we don't encounter problems we've seen surface in the past.
I personally ride and test every prototype I make, and I'm the biggest critic. Before it leaves my hands, I have to be satisfied with it.
PAT GOODMAN, CHIEF KITE DESIGNER
An industry authority on kite design and innovation for the past 18 years, Goodman's ability to understand and translate rider requirements into high-performance kite designs puts him among the world's most awarded, respected and successful kite designers.
Pat's understanding of construction techniques and the complexity of 3D kite design software make him the authority in his field.
The thousands of hours that he's clocked on the beach and the multitude of kite prototypes he's developed over the years has given Goodman true hands-on experience in developing and testing sails, kites and their related products, which he does personally with his test team and pro riders.
Goodman's trained eye enables him to meticulously refine a kite's bridling and performance on the spot, working alongside some of the industry's top riders to assist the flow between rider and nature for a better experience and higher performance.