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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 15m, 18m
Type: SLE
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15m - 18m Freeride 3 light wind kite

Designer goals (manufacturer text)

Big race kites, which are fast and have a big wind range aren‘t generally the best for handling or jumping. These kites need at least five struts and need to be light, the Juice delivers a different robust but lightweight construction on only three struts even in these big sizes.
Big airstyle kites have a great wind range and jumping but are slow turning. The juice delivers all this, but also in absolutely light wind
conditions! The Juice combines the best out of many worlds: handling like a proper small 3 strut kite, upwind and light wind performance like a race kite.
This light wind revolution is based roughly on a 3-strut arc, strut count, profile and outline, but the aspect ratio has been stretched from 4.5 to 5.3, and the leading edge diameter has been shrunk. The center strut is conventional - so as to improve overall stability.
The result is a every day fun kite for the light wind days you´ve always been waiting for this some more knots to pick up. Now you´ve got the alternative!
If you lack some juice – the Juice is the right choice!

Features

  • Narrow arc & wide tips for super-quickturning
  • Absolutely stable, even in nearly no wind
  • Consistent, linear sheet & go power
  • Quick and easy depower
  • Light weight construction

Bar

Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 15m, 18m
Type: SLE
One pump: n.a.
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 24-27+3m extensions
Bar length: 42cm-48cm-55cm
Bar: n.a.
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview North Juice 18m

Test conditions

Wind: 6 - 18 knots

Water: flat

Board: 155x45 cm twintip

Bar setup: 27m 5 line in all conditions

Detail Pictures

bridles north juice 18minflate & one pumpnorth juice tipcenter strut north juice 2014

Conclusion

The Juice is playful, fast for its size, has a good depower and is user friendly in a wide wind range. This user friendly character of the Juice is the most important difference between the North Juice 18m and North Dyno 17m. Last couple of years we noticed great development in light wind kites. They have become a real addition to your kite quiver.

Wind: 14-18 knots

Water: small waves

Board: 6'1 strapless surfboard

Bar set up: 23m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1342/bwsurf-noise-pro-2014#tests

Wind: 14-18 knots

Water: small waves

Board: 6'1 strapless surfboard

Bar set up: 23m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1342/bwsurf-noise-pro-2014#tests

Wind: 14-18 knots

Water: small waves

Board: 6'1 strapless surfboard

Bar set up: 23m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1342/bwsurf-noise-pro-2014#tests

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

If you use the 5 line system

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Gradual in low and high end. Makes the Juice user friendly in a wide windrange

Glide phase

Short Long

Great in high-end range

High-end

Small range Large range

Low-end

Small range Large range

Good low-end riding from 8 knots, great high end. Together a makes it a wide windrange

Wave

Drift

Poor Good

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

In light winds it always depends on your board, we tested the Juice with a 155x45 twintip and a steady 8 knots was enough for plaining

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Juice 2014 18m
Name:
matthijs katsma 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
up wind
 
HardEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 09.05.2014 at 11:13 hour
Comments:
So there I was on the water with 6 to 10 knots wind, a huge twin tip and only foils on the water. The next day everybody was out with 9/10 and 12 m2, and I could still survive with the Juice 18m2 and talk with some friends on the beach while positioning the kite at 12 o clock.
Important to know is its performance in low and high end conditions. I haven't tested a kite who let me ride upwind in 6 knots and still lets me practise some old skool board offs in 15+ knots, without hammering your edge and ride fully overpowered
It crawls to the far corner of your windwindow which makes the kite playful. (its looses its pressure i you want) but also shoot out of its windwindow if you try no handers ( make sure you pull the pulley a bit to prevent the kite shooting out of its windwindow)

The Juice felt stable but still reacted quitte well on steering input. Its just a bit too big for big airtime 'cause it doesn't shoot you off, but you'll still have plenty of seconds up in the air on a lower altitude.

Resume: The Juice is a very loose and playful 18m2 up in the market. Easy pull and ride, great upwind, and a true free ride characteristics makes the kite a valuable light wind kite for those days you'll normally spent on the beach. 
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North Juice 2014 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 18
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 03.05.2014 at 20:43 hour
Comments:
Sometimes you leave the comfort zone for the best outcomes. So I did. Tested the new Juice in gusty 12 - 18 knots side off shore wind. 27m lines and flat water. Wax on my board tips and rail, ready for some big air, old school session. The water was flat and soft as butter, the wind hard and very gusty. The kite ... steady! Easy to ride. It took my some long arms in the big gusts, but never lost control. The lift and power building stayed gradual. Sheet and go on the right gusty moments and all the time in the world. Once airborne you turn the Juice a bit to its landing side to get the best glide, otherwise it will shorten your glide. The Juice likes to slide to the edge of the wind window. Great for upwind, acceleration and high-end. But not for gliding, you need some 'old school' flying skills. In the strong gusts the tips became a bit restless and a bit flutter of the canopy. Than you know. This is the endpoint of the 18m Juice. After 2 sessions of testing the Juice 18m in very light and very strong winds. I am impressed by its performance. Really well balanced kite. Low end its always the foils who win (6 knots), but the playful performance stays with the tubes ( above 8 knots). The Juice is one example of a playful light wind kite with a very big wind range. One of the best I tested so far! 
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06.05.2014 at 07:16 hour peter
How does it relaunch in deep water and without board on the buttom end of the windrange?
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North Juice 2014 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 30.04.2014 at 22:50 hour
Comments:
Tested the Juice in very light and bit gusty winds (mostly 7 - max 10 knots). Setup: 27m lines and an oversized Twintip. With gusts of 8-10 knots it was half wind riding, under 8 knots I went downwind (91 kg). Above 8 knots you immediately feel the power & the bar pressure of the 18m Juice. The Juice reacts very fast and flies like a 12m. The Juice feels very playful, good feedback and pressure while steering. Between the gusts the Juice holds it pressure very well, but the de-power stroke is short so be sensitive for optimal power/speed transformation. Like I said we hadn't a lot of wind and I am curious about the Juice its performance with a steady 3/4 bft 
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01.05.2014 at 13:48 hour peter
How does it relaunch in deep water and without board on the buttom end of the windrange?
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