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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Riders who are looking for a simple, durable & easy handling freeride kite? Try the Mono

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

We are always on the lookout for innovative ways to design and achieve outstanding products, so our team investigated the potential of a lighter kite with fewer struts. Introducing the Mono, the newest family member to the North Kiteboarding range who’s performance speaks for itself. 

The Mono is a light wind specialist. It has an outstanding low end range, with the 5 m2 and 7 m2 models working particularity well with surfboards and lighter breezes. Use the power of the kite to catch the wave, then crank the depower and shred the wave with zero pull. Its light weight allows the kite to drift and hang in the air as you ride down the line; it also makes it the perfect travel companion. The Mono has a comfortable and forgiving feeling via the bar - softer than the Neo but still progressive. The turning speed is quick, and the kite is also great for Freeriding offering easy jumping and excellent hangtime. With relaunch abilities worthy of an applause, great power delivery and optimum sheet-and-go, you’re sure to fall in “love at first flight”. 

Ideally paired with a larger twintip or wave board, in light-medium strength winds the Mono will blow you away! Test ride one today and be amazed.

Features

  • easy to use
  • easy freeride abilities
  • quick turning speed & reactive steering
  • soft power building
  • good low end & upwind
  • robust 1 strut design

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 1
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m, 22m, 24m, 27m, 32m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 5 reviews on this product:

North Mono 2016 09m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 13 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
glide phase
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 11.06.2016 at 20:56 hour
Comments:
Tested the Mono 9m on a twintip and hydrofoil. This kite is perfect for starters. Nice feedback at the edge of the windwindow, good stability and no performance power like lift or boost. This characteristic combination makes the Mono also interesting for hydrofoilers. The drift. fast steering and low-end windrange compliment the total kitefeel package for foilers.
If you don't want a highend kite, try the mono. It's a easy going kite. 
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North Mono 2016 12m
Name:
stef 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 12.05.2016 at 09:49 hour
Comments:
Had a diverse kitesurf session. Starting foiling in 7 knots and ending playing around with a 140x40 twin tip in 16 knots. I was surprised by the stability & power of the Mono 12m in light wind. Always tension on the steering lines, it felt like the Mono gave me that extra time to get me on the board. Hold the kite pressure for that famous second kite dive that get's you going. Loved the kite feel in its low end. Took the twintip when the wind picked up. Felt the softness of the Mono in its high end. Lack of an explosive boost and lift makes the kite great for starters and first trick learners. You can make a mistake without getting punished. So you have the great low end, fast steering and drift for your light wind foil sessions and the easy playing around possibility to refresh the old twin tip rides again :-)  
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North Mono 2016 05m
Name:
Matthijs 
Weight:
83 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
16 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
05m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 08.04.2016 at 09:04 hour
Comments:
I have tested the mono 5m in its low end and in normal circumstances. In both cases other kiteboarders were using 8/11m2 kites where i was still fine on a 5m2. This is the first character that really divines its power. Second thing is the fine tuning of the mono. You can let the kite do whatever you want when you ride the waves. With precise handling you can let the kite sit back, accelerate, loop on the spot, turn with increasing power, or drift when its between 1-11.

Third thing that really popped up was its ability when slightly depowered to crawl further in the edge of the windwindow whilst holding its power allowing you to ride even further upwind.

North came up with a new model with high performance and precise handling which can be flown another size smaller. A great kite for those looking for a next level performance kite 
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06.05.2016 at 16:39 hour Stefano
I'm 1.80cm and 65kg. Do you think it's good a 7m for 18/25knots? I have a 12m for light wind and I wanna buy a second kite (9m or 7m???)
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North Mono 2016 05m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 28
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
05m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 30.03.2016 at 17:12 hour
Comments:
The new Mono is a fast fly!
The description of North is; - "The Mono is a light wind specialist. It has an outstanding low end range, with the 5 m2 and 7 m2 models working particularity well with surfboards and lighter breezes." - I tested the Mono in 20 knots not really a light breeze, but I was interested in its high end behaviour using a strapless board. Well it feels like a tuned up NEO.
Faster turning, better drift and more low end. This new Mono allows you to take the wave instinctively. Action is direct reaction! Going upwind? Search for the right setting and the Mono drag you back into the line up. It felt like the powerful Rhino2 (2002) :-) , only with a depower option. Now I have to try the new Mono under 20 knots. See if it works for kids or foiling. If so, ... this new Mono is a real 2 faced Dragon! 
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04.04.2016 at 22:41 hour Stefano
Weight 92 and you rode a 5m with 20 knots??? Wow..I'm 65..probably at 25knots I can't use the mono!!!
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North Mono 2016 07m
Name:
Ruben Versluis 
Weight:
75 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 14
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
drift
 
HardSoft
durability
 
ShortLong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 10.02.2016 at 17:21 hour
Comments:
During i was hydrofoiling and downwind wave riding i had the choice to ride with the Mono.
Total under control with this kite, especially by wind conditions from 8 knots with a 7m2. Felt convendence
with this kite also by the thought that this kite have only one strut. Backstalling still abit, but by enough wind you will compensate this.
North made a kite that is suitable as a start free ride kite! play with a hydrofoil, school kite that is stable and launches easy and for the wave riders that don't wanna pump a lot ;) also a choice! Less performance like an Neo, but evolution from a new type of a kite has started i can say! 
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25.03.2016 at 02:14 hour mike
You rode a 7m in 8kts of wind?
29.03.2016 at 22:38 hour stefarius
@mike, with a hydrofoil. Rode the 5m Mono and this kite has a enormous low end.
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