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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Kite

Loaded 5th line hybrid kite

Designer goals

The Rebel was a game changer when it was first launched all those years ago. Since then it has remained the best selling kite in the North Kiteboarding range year on year. There are so many fans out there that fly the Rebel week in week out and love it. With good reason, the Rebel is one of the most stable kites on the market, making it perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. The kite offers responsive steering, even when it is depowered. The upwind ability of the kite is also fantastic, making it great for freeride, waves and even a bit of racing.

The Rebel gives the rider a good amount of bar feedback, offering total control in the roughest conditions. The hangtime and lift offered by the kite is amazing, huge floaty jumps are delivered time and time again. This year the kite has a deeper profile, which allows it to drift a little more in the waves but also offers an improved low end. Sky Solbach, NKB surfboard shaper, uses the Rebel when he is testing in Maui and Western Australia and relies on its dependable handling characteristics in all conditions to allow him to concentrate on the boards under his feet.

The Rebel is the most popular kite on the market, it is stable, dependable and reliable with a huge wind range, offering unrivalled performance in a variety of situations.

Features

  • Loaded 5th line hybrid design
  • Best wind range in the NKB line up
  • Best hangtime
  • Excellent upwind ability
  • Short, efficient depower stroke
  • Sheet & go power development

Wind range

wind range North rebel 2014

Bar

Kite Movie

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
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
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Line length: 19m, 22m, 24m, 27m, 32m
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kiteboarding review North Rebel 10m 2014

Test conditions

Amount: 3 sessions - 3 different riders

Wind: 14 - 24 knots

Water: flat & small waves

Pictures

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Conclusion

- "Playing with this new Rebel gives me sleeping nights waiting for the next upcoming swell" -
   Quote KF test rider

The 2014 North Rebel really changed. It seems like North tuned the new 2014 Rebel as a less specialized kite. This new model is easier to ride. It's got more bar pressure, feedback & stability. Still its a high aspect ratio kite with a pretty flat profile so the heavier riders has to hand in some gliding phase. The low-end, wind range and high-end is like always pretty good with the Rebel. But it's less hard, less technical and more for a wider range of public. The wave riders would love the new Rebel. More drift, stability and control!

Pros

- more feedback

- more drift

- less specialized more allround

- Allrounders & wave riders would love the new tuning of the 2014 Rebel

Cons

- Less gliding phase for heavier riders

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

less gliding phase for heavier riders

Low-end

Small range Large range

High-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

more compared with the 2013 Rebel

Wave

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

Drift

Poor Good

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

There are 2 reviews on this product:

North Rebel 2014 12m
Name:
kitesurf tanfolyam 
Weight:
60 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 10.11.2013 at 08:18 hour
Comments:
I bought the green North Rebel 2014 12m 2 weeks ago and I am very satisfied with it compared to my older Rebels. You can see it in action here at lake Balaton : http://kitesurf-balaton.hu/north-rebel-2014/
the bar quality and safety system is Super. And the best thing for me is the low-end ,I can fly it in minimal wind.And superfriendly kite ! 
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North Rebel 2014 10m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 23
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
lift
 
GradualExplosive
drift
 
HardSoft
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
windrange
 
LimitedWide
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 26.08.2013 at 20:10 hour
Comments:
Just rode the 2014 North Rebel 10m a few times. Its different than the 2013 model. More feedback, more stability and a great lift. The lift is great for big airs but I think the kite is to narrow to hold my 92 kg. Lighter persons will have a better glide. What's new is the drift. Its much better than the 2013 Rebel. I think because the kite feels a bit less explosive, less fast in its flight lines and less eager to find the edge of the windwindow.
Because its drift and better feedback I liked it in the waves, despite its tipturn the Rebel is a fast steering kite with a constant pressure when turning. Lack of boost makes it easier for strapless kite surfing (down looping)

Try it its really different than the 2013 Rebel! 
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