2021 North Orbit Kite
2021 North Orbit Kite
Big Air / Freeride
Predictable in the Unpredictable
Sizes: 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 14m
Anti-gravity boosts and megaloops with phenomenal loft and hangtime. Committing to overpowered airs and megaloops in gusty conditions demands an unwavering trust in your kite. North's iconic premier 5-strut kite delivers incredible top-end control and allows you to hold down more power than any other kite per square metre. Big jumps. Big hang time. Big wind range. This kite was designed to rocket you upwind fast, with effortless steering, extreme boosting and hangtime guaranteed to take your breath away. Tested by nature, proven on the podium. The Orbit has your back when the rules of gravity don't apply. For 2021 they've modified the bridle for a more playful feel, and further improved the stability, while maintaining the kite's high-end performance and kiteloop recovery. They've also strategically replaced the heavy dacron with lighter weight reinforcement material, so the kite feels even lighter and more responsive.
Tested by nature and proven on the podium. 2020 Red Bull King of the Air winner.
- Modified bridling for a more playful feel, lighter, even faster steering and increased depower
- Lighter weight construction
- Improved stability and high-end performance
- Lighter bladder material in larger sizes
- Repair Kit
NEW low-drag, no-pulley bridle lines
Our NEW high-quality spliced, pre-stretched bridle lines are pre-loaded and measured before cutting to improve accuracy and consistency. This results in reduced shrinkage, reduced elongation and improved longevity. Removing ALL pulleys from the bridle improves safety and gives the kite direct and precise handling.
NEW Lightweight Reinforced Canopy
In 2021 we've replaced some of the heavier dacron on our kites with a NEW lighter weight strategic canopy reinforcement. This adds strength and elongation control and protects the lighter inner main canopy body. The result is a durable kite that can hold its profile for increased performance and lift, but is also more dynamic, flexible and can twist to turn. Because the new fabric is more conforming to the inflated structure, it creates a smoother, cleaner entry on the profiles.
NEW recycled PET kite bag
Go Green. Our new kite bags are manufactured using fabric that meets the Global Recycling Standard.
Powerful and efficient 2-stage arc design
Our two-stage arc design incorporates a flattened, more open arc shape through the central power-producing region of the kite, where the energy is most useful for you performance-wise. This gives you the highest amount of projected area and projected aspect ratio, meaning the Orbit has the best hangtime and power delivery for its size. Pulling the wingtips in towards the rider gives the kite more responsive steering and the smoothest transition of the profile attack angles when it's under load.
Aerodynamic profile transition panels
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 so the profiles are more uniform throughout the entire wing. The panels reduce inconsistencies in the profile, resulting in a smoother, more efficient kite, with more aerodynamic airflow and less turbulence.
Duralite seam protection
Lightweight reinforcement to protect from chafing and abrasion along the struts to the leading edge. Thin foam padding is inserted underneath to form a lightweight durable buffer which lifts the kite slightly off rough surfaces, and protects the stitching along the struts and leading edge seams.
HyperFlow rapid single-point inflation
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.
Personalised performance tuning options
The steering impulse options are the attachment points at the wing tip on your rear bridle. All our kites come delivered with what we feel is the optimum setting. On the Orbit, this is the lighter of the two, and gives the kite a lighter, more playful, more forgiving feeling. If you prefer a more direct steering and shorter depower travel, you're able to move the setting forward on the wing tip. This will increase the amount of depower and make the kite a little bit firmer in the steering and in the bar pressure. This gives the kite a more sporty feel, but requires a little more force.
Premium Teijin D2 Techno Force canopy
D2 Ripstop Fabric by Teijin. Premium high-density canopy material made in Japan, using high tenacity polyester yarn for lightness, high tearing strength and endurance. Teijin Techno Force has the highest strength to weight ratio and longest durability in the industry.
Kevlar reinforced strut system with bridle deflectors
For the most accurate and durable connection between the strut and the leading edge. Bridle deflectors on the trailing edge prevent the control lines from catching.
Phenomenal loft and hangtime
The Orbit has a wide flattened 2-stage arc supported by a reinforced exo-skeleton frame, ensuring glide that is guaranteed to take your breath away. The Orbit makes the most use of its projected area, so it has the best hangtime and power delivery for its size.
Predictable in the Unpredictable
A high-performance big air kite that is stable and consistent in a wide range of conditions, especially in the high end. The Orbit's ability to fly forward and catch you in kiteloops allows you to ride the kite overpowered without it getting away from you. But at the same time, it's like a race horse - it wants to go. So you need to keep your eye on it. Note: the same characteristics that enable kiteloop recovery can make the kite front-stall sensitive, we recommend active rear-line tension for greater stability.
Stable 5-strut performance
In 2021 we've replaced the heavier dacron on the trailing edge and at the very leading edge with a NEW lighter weight strategic canopy reinforcement. This adds strength and elongation control, protecting the lighter inner main canopy body and producing a durable kite that can hold its profile for increased performance and lift. Because the new fabric is more conforming to the inflated structure, it creates a smoother, cleaner entry on the profiles.
NEW modified bridling and light bar pressure
In 2021 we've modified the bridle for controlled response and even faster steering, giving the kite a more playful feel with increased depower. Chief Kite Designer Pat Goodman worked closely with team riders, in particular Marc Jacobs, to put the kite through hardcore testing in a lot of wind. This enabled us to further improve the stability, the feedback and the steering behaviour, and to give the kite a lighter, more responsive feel.
Reduced leading-edge diameter with sweep
Gives the Orbit a low drag profile, making it sit further forwards in the wind window for incredible upwind performance. The high aspect ratio swept design allows more area in the centre of the kite for efficiency and easy roll to relaunch.