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Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m, 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
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Special Race but also lightwind and oldschool kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

Racing is all about handling and performance in light winds, the Dyno embodies that perfectly! This year we have gone a step further, stripping the kite down to just the essentials to deliver the most efficient kite on the market today.

Struts and Segmentation:
The most visual change is the move from 7 struts to just 5; this increases the flexibility of the kite and further reduces the weight. The tip strut is now closer to the wingtip to help support the thin leading edge; it also provides stability during hard turns. With just 5 struts the kite is more flexible and will dynamically twist when you initiate the turn, allowing it to turn faster and harder and generate more power. When riding fast downwind you’ll appreciate this improved agility and power stroke in the kite, giving you the edge over the competition. We have also increased the number of segments in the canopy, this allows us to have far greater control over the profile of the kite and get the exact shape we desire in order to give the Dyno optimum performance.

New bridle system:
We have removed all the pulleys from the bridle; this reduces the weight, but more importantly the drag, increasing the kites speed through the air. This does mean the new Dyno has to be flown on the 5th Element bar system to guarantee 100% safety.The new Dyno, especially in the larger sizes, 13, 15 and 17, has significantly more power compared to the previous model. The deeper draft profile and large span between the quarter and centre struts increases the efficiency and power delivery considerably. We found in testing that this area of the kite doesn’t need to be controlled by the struts and in fact works better when it is free to luff and fill as the rider powers and depowers the kite. We have also improved the relaunch of the kite, the flexible nature allows it to twist onto its wingtip far quicker than last years model.

Whilst we design the Dyno with racing in mind, all of these characteristics we build into the DNA of the kite make it perfect for freeriding too. The lighter weight, deeper profiles and new geometry allow it to get going really early and boost huge floaty airs. It is just as happy above a twin tip as it is a race board.The new Dyno is simply the best kite for light winds, and in the right hands the fastest kite round the racecourse. Give yourself the competitive advantage, and get racing on the new Dyno, lighter, faster and more powerful! We’ve given you the tools; the results are up to you.

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m, 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24-27+3m extensions
Bar length: 42cm-48cm-55cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview North Dyno 15m & 17m

Test Conditions

Wind: 7 - 16 knots

Water: flat

Board: Twintip 145x45 & Race board 190 cm x 69.9 cm volume 90 l

Conclusion

The 15m is a high performance race kite is also usable for light winds and old school kite.
Great depower and high-end abbilities. It is a technical kite for experienced riders.
Scroll down for the total characteristic test!

The 17m Dyno is a special light wind race kite. Made for course racing!
This size is best fit for a raceboard.
For freeride or oldschool riding we recommend the 15m Dyno.

190 cm x 69.9 cm
VOLUME:
90 l

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

`Performance kite, needs technic to ride it well. Mostly in it's low end

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Windrange

Limited Wide

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

Above 15 knots great glide

Low-end

Small range Large range

High-end

Small range Large range

The 15m you can ride long. Great depower and steering performance in it's high-end

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

more wind means more feedback

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Great for racing and up wind

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Dyno 2014 15m
Name:
matthijs katsma 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 4 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
up wind
 
HardEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 18.03.2014 at 11:28 hour
Comments:
The North Dyno has been tested as a light wind kite but I would not consider it as a accessible kite for an intermediate rider. Its high aspect ratio makes the Dyno a very technical kite which has hugh potential for those who can fly such a kite. Once plaining it wants to accelerate and puts itself far in the corner of your wind window, which makes riding upwind easy. Its designed to be used as a race kite and therefore needs much higher performance.
Resume: a challenging technical kite which will make you plain early and eventually a better kiteboarder. 
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North Dyno 2014 17m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Personal page:
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 8
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 12.03.2014 at 20:06 hour
Comments:
Tested today the 17m in 5-8 knots. Our board was the North Nugget. It wasn't possible to ride. But the kite sits tide and stable on the edge of the wind window. Down looping was easy with a fast reaction. You could feel that the Dyno wants to accelerate. But the lack of board volume didn't give me any change to plain. I think a race board will do the job under 8 knots. Another option is to lengthen the lines to 30m/32m. The kite is fast enough to do so. Longer strokes will help to accelerate. More board speed will give you more kite pressure! So under 8 knots the North 17m Dyno need a big race board or longer lines than 27m, too plain. 
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North Dyno 2014 15m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 7 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
up wind
 
HardEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
durability
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kitefinder.com - 06.12.2013 at 15:40 hour
Comments:
The Dyno 15m is not a race kite for me! I use it as a light wind and old school kite. Light wind under 12 knots, old school between 12 and 18 knots. As a light wind kite the Dyno needs a good kitefeel and some technique to get the best out of it. Because its a high performance race kite it sits straight on the edge of the wind window and is sensible for gusts. It acceleration is great, steering direct. Speed = power = up wind possibilities.
Above 12 knots I like the floating part of the Dyno. With the great depower it makes its wind range wider with a great and controllable high-end. Safety system is always innovative and works on a five line system. So if you looking for a lightwind kite with a wide wind range and for different riding styles the Dyno 15 is a great one to test! 
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