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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m, 16m
Type: SLE
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Rider Profile

Kitesurfers who like to go for the big airs

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.

The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.

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The new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs. 

The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance. The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability replacing the Rebel 18. 

The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.  - See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/rebel/#sthash.qM9UrSh0.dpufThe new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs. 

The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance. The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability replacing the Rebel 18. 

The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.  - See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/rebel/#sthash.qM9UrSh0.dpufThe new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.

The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of - See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/rebel/#sthash.DA9oymn1.dpuf

The new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.

The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance. The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability replacing the Rebel 18.

The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.  - See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/rebel/#sthash.DA9oymn1.dpuf

The new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.

The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance. The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability replacing the Rebel 18.

The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.  - See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/rebel/#sthash.DA9oymn1.dpuf
The new 2016 Rebel is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.

The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance. The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability replacing the Rebel 18.

The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.  - See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/rebel/#sthash.DA9oymn1.dpuf

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m, 16m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m, 22m, 24m, 27m, 32m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kite surfing review North Rebel 2016

Test conditions

Wind: 17 - 22 knots

Water: small waves

Bar set up: out side position

Kite set up: 24m lines

Conclusion

Kite Completed!
The evolution of the North Rebel is finished. This kite found its users & kite feel.

The new 2016 Rebel is mostly the same as the 2015 Rebel We detect a few small construction tweaks, but no big changes.

The North Rebel has its own followers, riders who love that special kite feel of gradual lift, big floating jumps and great power & depower control in high winds. Well, nothing has changed. Last year we tested the 9m and now the Rebel 11m. A different size with the same accent on that typical Rebel feel.

North Rebel 9 or 11m?

What would be the best size for me? It depends on your weight, home spot and your most important kite characteristics. Lighter riders go for the 9m, if you have a minus 20 knots homespot, go for the 11m. The right combination of kite characteristics is pretty personal. We advice you to choose your 3 most important kite characteristics and try the Kite Finder.

Hydrofoiling?

For hydrofoiling the Rebel can be used in light winds, but the Rebel 11m is at its best in the higher windrange. The North Neo or North Evo would be our choice for foiling.

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wind: 14 - 33 knots

water: flat, chop, small waves

bar set-up: standard 22m

kite set-up: fabric set-up

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wind: 14 - 33 knots

water: flat, chop, small waves

bar set-up: standard 22m

kite set-up: fabric set-up

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1460/cabrinha-fx-2015#sthash.PNFyyZ9Y.dpuf
Kite - See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1503/peter-lynn-fury-2016#tests

wind: 14 - 33 knots

water: flat, chop, small waves

bar set-up: standard 22m

kite set-up: fabric set-up

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1460/cabrinha-fx-2015#sthash.PNFyyZ9Y.dpuf

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

great high end, low end for a bit more experienced riders

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

best stability in high end wind conditions

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

5th line safety, great power & depower control

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Gradual power that lead you in it's high end to big hights

Low-end

Small range Large range

The Rebel need good flying skill in light ind conditions

High-end

Small range Large range

Great for big air, long floaty jumps and straight up transitions

Glide phase

Short Long

Best performance in +18 knots

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Drift

Poor Good

Drift isn't real fast, for the foil something to consider

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Always in control, long depower stroke

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Tune the Rebel to change the wind window position

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Great up wind performance, easy sheet & go power control

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Rebel 2016 14m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 7 knots up to 14
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
14m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 26.02.2016 at 09:34 hour
Comments:
Tried the 14m with low wind conditions and a Hydrofoil. In the North range you have 3 kites that seams suitable for a Hydrofoil. Evo, Neo and the Rebel. I can be short about the Rebel. Try a Evo or Neo for light wind foiling. Use the Rebel in its high-end wind range. This is a great big air kite. The Rebel performs best in powered up conditions.  
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North Rebel 2016 07m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
drift
 
HardSoft
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 07.02.2016 at 16:44 hour
Comments:
Flown the 7m Rebel on a hydrofoil in inland gusty winds. Wanted to feel how the small rebel behaves. Riding a hydrofoil in hard & gusty inland winds you want a kite that gives you control in a wide wind range.

Compared to the North Neo or Evo, the Rebel is a high ratio wing. Gives it a wider turning circle and not so smooth. Another thing that surprised me was its float, it drift back easily and gives you a great steering control in gusts or in your downwind tacks.

Small Hydrofoil kite, Neo or Rebel?

Neo, if you are a playful rider, the Neo has the smallest turning circle and a good low-end characteristic
Rebel, if you think about small jumps, you need that wing for the soft landings.  
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North Rebel 2016 11m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 17.08.2015 at 10:06 hour
Comments:
Tried the new North Rebel 11m in +20 knots of wind. Had an amazing ride! Easy to handle in overpowered conditions. I could control my speedy jumps, but also had some great sheet & go straight up transitions. The lift is pretty gradual with a 'floaty' hang time. I discovered that the real performance the 11m Rebel 2016 lies in its high end. So if you like to go for the big airs in +5bft for me (91kg) the 11m would be the best size. 
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