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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. Optimised 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 megaloops in gusty conditions. Tested by nature and proven by our athletes.
FEATURESPhenomenal loft and hangtimeWide flat 2-stage arc supported by a reinforced exo-skeleton frame for precision boosting capabilities. The Orbit boosts and loops with ease and is guaranteed to take your breath away. 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. The Orbit makes the most use of its area, so it has the best hangtime and best power delivery for its size.Powerful 5-strut performanceHigh performance 5-strut kite for incredible stability in a wide range of conditions. A powerful all-terrain high performance kiteIncredible upwind performanceA reduced leading edge diameter gives the Orbit a low drag profile, making it sit further forwards in the wind window for greater power and efficiency.High aspect sweep designAllows more area in the center of the kite for efficiency and easy roll to relaunch.Controlled responseLight bar pressure for effortless steering or just park and ride.
LOW DRAG 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.
NO-PULLEY BRIDLES 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.
SIZES4m 5m 6m 7m 8m 9m 10m 11m 12m 14m
INCLUDESKite, Bag, Repair Kit
"Megaloops on a 12? I'd never done that before. I have so much trust in this kite, in every condition."– Nick Jacobsen
Using modern profile analysis software data to power the design engine has enabled us to go deeper into aerodynamic performance and 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. But it’s not purely aerodynamics. Decades of hands-on experience, handcrafting and understanding about building wings from flexible materials has gone into improving and refining our kites.
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.
Two Stage Arc Design
Aero-optimised 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.
Adds durability, strength and elongation control, protecting the lighter inner main canopy body 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.
Adds durability, strength and elongation control, protecting the lighter inner main canopy body 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
Better quality materials, combined with more automation in the manufacturing process, allows kites and bridles to now be refined within millimetres.
Chief kite designer Pat Goodman is the first to tell you 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 knowledge required which can only be obtained from years of experience (and thousands of prototypes),” explains Pat.
“The stability of the materials also makes a great difference in the accuracy of the 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.”
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.
Simplified. Less breakage.
Since we don’t use any pulleys in our bridles, the need for this stable bridle line is even more important. 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 in tune with 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
- Additional Information
SKU NorthOrbit8m Kite Size 8m