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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m, 18m
Type: SLE
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High performance Freeride kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The North Kiteboarding Rebel doesn’t need an introduction; it has been the pinnacle of freeride kites for so long now. There are countless riders around the world who enjoy its amazing performance, and once again, for 2015 a Rebel, is a Rebel! The loaded 5th line offers amazing depower and unparalleled sheet and go power delivery. This year the profile has been tuned to improve the upwind ability even more, and of course you get the smooth and predictable handling that is part of the Rebels DNA. The biggest sizes are pure hangtime machines and the 18 comes as a 18 airstyle edition! It’s the most user friendly, performance orientated kite we make. If you’re a freerider then the Rebel is the go to kite for the best jumps, longest hangtime and smoothest ride on the water.

Features

  • Weight optimized construction
  • More lively handling
  • Faster turning
  • New Size 18m² »Airstyle«
  • great top end & best hangtime

Wind range North Rebel 2015

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North Rebel 2015 kite characteristics

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North kiteboarding 2015 bar

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Movie North Rebel 2015

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m, 18m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m-22m-24m-27m
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kite Review North Kiteboarding Rebel 9m 2015

Test Condition

Wind: 18 - 32 knots

Water: flat Board: 140x41 cm twintip

Bar setup: 22m lines

Kite setup: standard (Fabric set up)

Detail Pictures

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Conclusion

The Rebel series has been there for a long time. It's developed over many years. The 9m Rebel can handle a very wide wind range (15-32 knots) without losing performance. The Rebel shows its best performance in its high-end.
The new Rebel excels best in hooked-in riding, big floating airs and controlled glides. Play with your kite position, try transition with downloops and expect kite control without too much boost.
This kite is suitable for playful high performance hooked-in riders.

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Just pull on the steerline

Safety system

Difficult Easy

5th line, so total depower. Be careful in the waves if the kite rolls over

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Windrange

Limited Wide

The wind range for this 9m to ride is very high. Best performance in its high end

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Gradual in low end, bit more explosive in its high -end. Still very solid and controllable

Low-end

Small range Large range

Good for riding and playing

Glide phase

Short Long

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Fast reaction, bit wider turning circle (tip turn) because of its wing like shape

Drift

Poor Good

We tested lots of wave kites, the drift isn't bad but if you are really going for the big waves, take a special wave kite

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Great but this is the 9m. The Rebel is a high aspect ratio kite so the bigger sizes would probably a bit slower. Test the bigger ones and find out!

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

One of its strong points, always feedback always in control.

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

always in control

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

depends a bit how you tune your Rebel

Going upwind

Hard Easy

love the upwind performance

There are 2 reviews on this product:

North Rebel 2015 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 17.10.2014 at 12:02 hour
Comments:
Tried out the North Rebel 18m named as Air style edition in 12/16 knots (24m lines). Biggest question; - could I change my hang time record? - I really tried my best. I had the float, but not the height!
This kite is a 6 strut monster with no center strut. First minutes it felt like an 18m foil kite like the new Flysurfer Speed4 or Ozone Chrono, but its a bit faster in reaction, has more turning speed and direct de-power.
Those big foils are all about light wind kiting or big airs between mountains, this airstyle Rebel claimed to be a flat horizon Hang-time specialist. So I tested it with more wind and small waves for kickers. I had the control and de-power to ride in 16 knots. With speed charging to some small waves, ready for the big boom, it just didn't happen for me! Tried again and again, but misted the explosive lift like most of the bigger kites. At the end, I think a smaller and explosive 15m size would maybe give me my flat horizon hangtime record. But not today! Today gravity won.
So I have to go back to the overpowered stormy sessions or sofa surf. Watch video's and learn the big kite, big air skills from the airstyle master Toby Braeuer.
 
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05.01.2015 at 23:37 hour Richard
Hi,
I have bought the 18m and tried it. My biggest problem was the relaunching. Tried different techniques, but it was down with the leading edge, it just wouldn't turn...
Gave it to a friend and he gave up after 25 min. or so trying...
Did you have that trouble too?

In the air it was good, but when it goes down your screwed.

I returned the kite to my kite-shop. North isn't helping them out. Strange, i love my Rebel 11m. But this is definitely a bad product. North recommends it on thei
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North Rebel 2015 09m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 32
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 13.08.2014 at 10:28 hour
Comments:
Just WOW! This new Rebel has so many well scored characteristics. The 2015 is a well tuned wing! Big airs, playful, big wind range and great up wind. The boost and lift are pretty gradual. Always feedback and control even in the biggest gusts. I love playful kites to ride creative. Won't bite you if you make a mistake, challenge you in it's highest wind range. Loved it, great session! 
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