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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m
Type: SLE
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Designers Goals (manufacturer text)

Now in its third generation the Dice has redefined versatility and performance. No matter what your style this kite has you covered, it’s perfect for wakestyle and freestyle allowing you to pull the latest moves and tricks with ease. With a fast progressive turn and dynamic handling it is also amazing in the waves offering excellent drift down the line.

For 2016 the leading edge has been swept back even further to offer superior low end power. The bridle has been optimized to make the structural profile even stiffer. A lot of work has been put into the struts this year, they are now thinner, making the kite faster and improving its jumping capabilities. Additionally, the struts have been further reinforced to offer better durability and there is a new Anti-Snag design on the leading edge tips to ensure the lines and bridle won’t get tangled in the event of a crash. Lastly, the Dice has been fitted with our improved Lazy Pump system for better airflow that will ensure you are the first person on the water.

If you want a kite that can handle anything you throw at it, and come back begging for more, then the Dice is the perfect choice.

Features

  • Direct & fast steering
  • Very good unhooked performance
  • Great drifting abilities 
  • Good depower
  • Improved low end
  • C-oriented 3-strut design

North 2016 bar

North Dice 2016

  • DIRECT & FAST TURNING
  • VERY GOOD UNHOOKED PERFORMANCE
  • GREAT DRIFTING ABILITIES
  • GOOD DEPOWER
  • IMPROVED LOW END
  • C-ORIENTED 3-STRUT DESIGN

Now in its third generation the ever-popular Dice has redefined versatility and performance. No matter what your style this kite has you covered, it’s perfect for wakestyle and freestyle allowing you to pull the latest moves and tricks with ease. With a fast progressive turn and dynamic handling it is also amazing in the waves offering excellent drift down the line.

For 2016 the leading edge has been swept back even further to offer superior low end power. The bridle has been optimized to make the structural profile even stiffer. A lot of work has been put into the struts this year, they are now thinner, making the kite faster and improving its jumping capabilities. Additionally, the struts have been further reinforced to offer better durability and there is a new Anti-Snag design on the leading edge tips to ensure the lines and bridle won’t get tangled in the event of a crash. Lastly, the Dice has been fitted with our improved Lazy Pump system for better airflow that will ensure you are the first person on the water.

If you want a kite that can handle anything you throw at it, and come back begging for more, then the Dice is the perfect choice. 

- See more at: http://www.northkiteboarding.com/products/kites/dice/#sthash.JqLOEiqA.dpuf

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
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
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Dice 2016 12m
Name:
peter 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 17 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
drift
 
HardSoft
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
windrange
 
LimitedWide
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 01.09.2015 at 21:33 hour
Comments:
very fast turning kite :-)...

great lift...

good hangtime...

light bar pressure...

good upwind...

overall: great kite, love it!...
 
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North Dice 2016 11m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 20.08.2015 at 14:23 hour
Comments:
Tried the 11m Dice 2 sessions in the middle (fabric) setting with a 24m bar. The Dice 11m was hard to define. During the low-end sessions the kite didn't give me enough power and it was hard work to get things going. Maybe I am too heavy for the 11m Dice in around 15 knots and a twin tip (140x40). Above 18 knots the Dice gave me real performance. Faster steering, good drift, always feedback with a pretty light bar pressure. The relaunch was great by the way, had some crashes in the waves a simple steer line pull and the Dice flew up in the air. But for a 2016 kite a very good relaunch isn't enough. It's the combination of characteristics that define a kite and its public.

The Dice has a lot of different settings and I heard from the dealer you have to personalize the Dice to get the right feel for you! Well, that's what I am going to do for the next sessions! Different sizes & settings. To gain a clear kite feel please let us know your Dice experience. Different conditions, different sizes, all input and opinions are appreciated 
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North Dice 2016 11m
Name:
Ruben Versluis 
Weight:
75 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
durability
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
price quality
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 20.08.2015 at 14:19 hour
Comments:
The kite is really all-round and fits lots of riders. Let say the more C orientated shape brings a lot of good things, like; direct steering, nice boost and for the person that likes to have a kite that almost everything does. This year better hang time and also nice for some old school. This kite i tested in Zanzibar and as a low wind machine i should not use it. When you get the right wind for your twintip or surfboard, this kite fits a lot of styles.
Again, North designed a nice present for the all-rounders. 
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