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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2013
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Kite

High performance all-round 5 line kite

Designers goal

The North Rebel 2013 is the definitive free-ride universal kite. The 2013 Rebel still remains North’s flagship kite, combining all the ingredients you need to cover a huge wind-range, rip apart any size surf, boost huge airs and ride comfortably in nearly all conditions. It is quite simply North's best interpretation of what a modern free-ride/wave kite should be and it’s really no mystery why the Rebel is THE most sold kite ever.Upwind of the Rebel is outstanding, still used by some of the North race team on the World Tour for course racing! For 2013, the Rebel incorporates a new strut concept, which combines the responsive turning and softer feel of three strut kites with the superior stability of a classic 5-strut design. The front sections of the struts feature an increased diameter towards the leading edge and then taper towards the trailing edge of the kite.

This radically reduced diameter leads to more flexibility while the front part of the struts remain super stiff and strong for great stability. The flexible back section of the strut allows the kite to twist over the entire profile when sheeting in and out.

As a direct result, the kite is able to generate better low end and a more responsive turning. In order to improve top end, North flattened the canopy profile towards the tip and quarter struts of the kite. This also gives less drag, less luffing and less flutter.

 The 2013 North Rebel remains a loaded 5th line kite, offering its most acclaimed performance attributes like a short bar stroke, crisp, direct feeling, rock solid stability in all conditions, and it’s unique ability to steer while depowered.

The square wingtip design maximizes the effective tip area, makes the tips less prone to distortion and fluttering while steering and gives the Rebel its new stylish and modern appeal. Super clean tip panels account for greatly improved, ultra smooth turning and easy handling that remains smooth even in over-powered conditions.

Features

  • Perfect for Freeride / Wave Riding
  • Loaded 5th Line Concept
  • Short and Direct depower stroke
  • Sheeting Force for different bar pressure options
  • Lazy One-Pump System
  • Floating centre strut
  • Easy Relaunch Bungees
  • Self Rescue Handles for easy water packdown and swim
  • All sizes have greater structural stability and a more solid feel
  • All sizes have lower drag, less flutter and better depower
  • All sizes have stronger, more repeatable construction
  • Small sizes are softer and more forgiving
  • Middle sizes crisper in feel and more stable in the air
  • Large sizes are crisper in feel
  • Direct and fast following steering commands, even completely depowered

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2013
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m, 22m, 24m, 27m, 32m
Bar length: 46cm-55cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview North Rebel 9 and 10m 2013

Kite

The 2013 Rebel still remains North’s flagship allround kite

Test conditions

Wind: 16-20 knots

water: Flat/small/big waves

Detail Photos

North rebel 2013 on the beachNorth 2013 onepumpbackline settings

North Kite Bar 2North Kite Bar 2013Turn the line end to adjust barlength

 

Conclusion

The Rebel is a fast reacting high-performance kite. It offers good flight performance because its great glide phase after an explosive lift. The kite turns around its tips (tipturn), but its fast steering reaction counterbalances his wider turn. The Rebel's windrange is pretty impressive: it's good on both low and high end. If you're considering buying one: choose the 10m if you're above 80 kg and the 9m version if you're 75 kg or below.

Your wind range (depending on your board volume) will be something of around 10 up to 20 knots. However, don't forget this kite is high performance because of its fast reaction, explosive lift and sensitive feedback. You can alter the kite feel settings, but it will remain sensitive.
If you prefer a lot of feedback, the North Evo is probably your best choice from the entire 2013 North Range. If you're looking for a freestyle kite with characteristics like a lot of pop and unhooked characteristics, try the Vegas.
All in all, our best advice to you is to choose 2 or 3 kite characteristics you value most in a kite and take these as the starting point in your selection process and/ or simply use our kite character sliders on the kitefinder frontpage and you'll get a selection of kites suitable for you!

See here the experiences of other Rebel users.

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

total depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

5line

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good low and high end, keeps its performance in both wind conditions. Best freeride performance in its high end

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

High-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

Wave

Drift

Poor Good

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Great on to go upwind

There are 4 reviews on this product:

North Rebel 2013 12m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
93 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 02.06.2013 at 12:46 hour
Comments:
Great lift! Wide wind window so less float in < 18 knots (93 kg rider), but easy to go upwind. Not a lot of boost so no surprises.

I will use the 12m Rebel in low-end for skim/ strapless riding (24m or 27m lines) High-end (> 18 knots) big oldschool tricks (24 m lines) 
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North Rebel 2013 11m
Name:
Marco Boersma 
Weight:
83 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 07.04.2013 at 13:06 hour
Comments:
De North Rebel 2013 is een uitstekend afgewerkte kite, zoals je van North mag verwachten. De prijs is er dan ook naar, je krijgt wel veel waar voor je geld.

De kite is makkelijk te hanteren, ook voor minder ervaren kiters. Ik heb vele North kites gehad, dit is toch wel de beste kite die ik tot nu toe gehad heb. 
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North Rebel 2013 10m
Name:
JasonD 
Weight:
75 
Riding style:
allround, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
up wind
 
HardEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 15.01.2013 at 21:42 hour
Comments:
Love the relaunch, pull on the steering line and up. Great low and high- end, overall big windrange. Didn't like the bar pressure, hard to feel the kite but changes the settings, I recommend others to experiment with the backline settings, it makes a big difference. Because of its lifely characteristics a nice kite for advanched riders who like to slide & glide.
 
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North Rebel 2013 10m
Name:
Brett Stenkel  
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
price quality
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 14.11.2012 at 22:51 hour
Comments:
I like to see the new rebel as a all rounder. It got great characteristic, lots of them are in the green zone. Like the wind range, good low end and great control and lift in its high end. Feedback can be light but changeable to a more heavy setting with more feedback, I think that's a must to do and the only item for the next Rebel. The new bar is very nice, lots of new practical features. Changing the bar end is possible with the kite in the air, takes a little bit of practice but a nice job of the north R&D team. Tested with the 22m lines. For the fun I will try the 27m because I think it would be great for big airs. Liked it! Nice kite. 
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