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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2013
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: C-kite
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Newschool / Freestyle C-shape kite

Designer goals

The 2013 Vegas is the definitive freestyle kite in the North Kiteboarding line up. Our top freestyle riders use it as a devastating weapon of choice; world class athletes like Tom, Thomas, Mario, Cesar, Reno and Stefan have the Vegas as their go-to kite for all conditions. The Vegas has a long heritage with North Kiteboarding and we have been constantly developing it to create the ultimate freestyle kite. Whilst the Vegas is a freestyle machine we wanted it to be a little more than that. By tuning the kite you can create a few different set ups and allow it to suit different riding styles. On the frontlines are two settings; freestyle gives the rider more depower, more lift, precision kiteloops and very reactive steering. The wakestyle setting gives the rider more pop when unhooked, a longer “power delay” to allow easier handle passes and slightly less reactive steering so you can concentrate on the rails and kickers. The rear lines can be tuned to increase or decrease the turning speed of the kite to suit almost any rider.

Compared to last years model we have tuned quite a lot on the 2013 Vegas, the quarter strut was moved further out towards the wingtip to improve the low-end range of the kite. This also helped us to create a more rigid tip to the kite, the concentration of struts in the tip area helps make the kite very responsive and direct in terms of bar feeling. We also made the wingtips wider to improve steering and responsiveness. Hook yourself into the 2013 Vegas and prepare to be blown away by the performance of this freestyle and wakestyle machine!

Features

  • LOADED 5TH LINE HIGH DEPOWER C-KITE
  • MOST RESPONSIVE AND DIRECT FEELING KITE IN THE NORTH KITEBOARDING RANGE
  • BEST UNHOOKED PERFORMANCE
  • WAKESTYLE / FREESTYLE MODE

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2013
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: C-kite
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
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

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Vegas 2013 09m
Name:
Addicted 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 35
Number of test sessions:
15 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
boost
 
SoftStrong
up wind
 
HardEasy
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
drift
 
HardSoft
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
glide phase
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 25.08.2016 at 16:36 hour
Comments:
Great kite for looping, freestyle, jumping. Rough in gusty conditions - strong gusts like 25-35kn pulls rider off the footstraps. Big air jumps with 24m lines and high-end wind range requires landing with kiteloops as descending rate is too fast for knees. Low-end wind range can be compensated using kite speed when coming back with lulls. I was afraid of upwind ability poor rates, but was positively surprised having many tricks and jumps and no thinking of upwind course at proper wind conditions. 
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North Vegas 2013 08m
Name:
Nanette van der Snoek 
Weight:
60 
Riding style:
unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 23
Number of test sessions:
10+ 
Kite size:
08m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
glide phase
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kitefinder.com - 16.05.2013 at 13:12 hour
Comments:
We asked North kite-boarding team rider Nanette v/d Snoek to write a North Vegas 2013 review. Here it is and if you have any experience with other sizes just leave a short review.

Better: Stronger attachment points & more stability than its 2012 model. Minus: New School setting has a smaller wind range. In 2013 the sticks are out of the wing-tips. The wing-tips are wider and more straight. Now the kite feels more direct, stable and constant pressure. Kite loops are more explosive (8m size). Big difference is the freestyle and wakestyle setting. Freestyle lot more depower, on the wakestyle more sweetspot after the pop! Good luck all :-)

 
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North Vegas 2013 10m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
durability
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 10.10.2012 at 15:15 hour
Comments:
Just tested the North Vegas 10m in Mauritius. Was 2 years ago I flew the North. Liked it straight again. Great feedback in kiteloops everywhere/ every place! Has the best playful free ride power of the whole 2013 North series. The 2013 Vegas has more power, is fast, lots of feedback and heavier on the bar than the bridles kites of the North 2013 series.
Lots of new gadgets like the new designed 2013 kite bar and one pump system. Heavy stitched and reinforcements on the right places & special D2 Cloth will make the North Vegas durable! Any problems? Give your feedback!
So in the end the Vegas is great for rider who like a playful c-kite that generates lots of power.
It was nice to feel the Vegas again!

 
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