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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m
Type: SLE
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Kite

Performance freeride/freestyle kite

Designers goals

The launch of the Dice last year broke all our previous records for a new kite!
A favourite with the magazines and riders alike, everybody loved its playful nature. The low end of the kite has been improved this year; by opening up the profile the kite now generates more power in lighter winds. This open profile has also added more stability at the top end of the kites range too. It’s still great in the waves with the impressive drifting capabilities, but it is perfect for freeriding and freestyle as well. To ensure it excites the freestylers and freeriders out there we have made the kite more aggressive for improved lift and jumping characteristics. Of course the impeccable handling and manoeuvrability are still there, the Dice is exceedingly precise and responds to rider input immediately offering unrivalled feel at the bar.
There is no need to take a gamble on the Dice; it’s quite simply one of the best kites on the market right now, perfect however you like to ride!

Features

  • New front bridle system for higher arc stability
  • Improved top end
  • Better low end
  • More precise barfeel
  • New profile at size 9-13m

Windrange North Dice 2015

windrange north dice 2015

Kite Characteristics North Dice 2015

kite characteristics north dice 2015

Bar

north 2015 bar

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m, 22m, 24m, 27m, 32m
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

North Dice 2015 09m
Name:
Jens Dijkhuis 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
wave, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 17 knots up to 23
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 22.08.2014 at 18:03 hour
Comments:
the north dice!
I tested the new dice on my wave board in 9 to 11 feet waves, it steered realy fast but in the down loop it dit not drifted through the wind window after my turn. I loved the new safety line and it worked better than the normal 4 line system. I didn`t like the valve but thats the same as last year it breaks quickly
 
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North Dice 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 30
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
boost
 
SoftStrong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 18.08.2014 at 16:58 hour
Comments:
The new Dice is a Freestyle/wave kite. So I tried the Dice on a surfboard and twintip. It took me some time to understand this new Dice. First session with the 9m was in overpowered conditions (+25 knots) and the kite didn't perform very well. Second en third time we had around 20 knots and the 9m performed much better. I think North gave the kite more performance at its low end/ mid wind range. With this new kite North combined freestyle characteristics like unhooked pop & wide sweet spot with surf characteristics like drift, fast & controllable, hooked in, kite feel.
Thus if you actually look at the characteristics this Dice is a real combination of 2 riding styles. If you like a playful kite in it's low end and mid wind range try the new Dice!
If you like high end riding with big airs check out the new Rebel 2015.
P.S. New one line safety system worked very well.  
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