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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2017
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m, 15m
Type: SLE
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Rider Profile

Big air riders

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Rebel is the benchmark of a high performance Freeride and Big Air kite impressing everyone from entry level to expert. Its all-time classic characteristics will deliver maximum performance already at minimum steering inputs with super precise bar feedback. Since the beginning, the Rebel has long been known for its exceptionally smooth, stable and shake-free feeling through the bar, which has even be refined. The loaded 5th line delivers a short bar stroke for sheet and go power and superior direct bar feel, even in overpowered and gusty conditions. The new design update of additional segments through the centre of the kite ensures rounder turning, enhanced wind range, as well as even more lift and hangtime. The additional size 15m will mainly please heavier riders as their boosting machine. Get ready to go big and free your ride with the new 2017 Rebel.

Features

  • FLAT KITE DESIGN
  • LOADED 5TH LINE
  • 5 STRUT DESIGN
  • BEST WIND RANGE
  • EXCELLENT HANGTIME AND LIFT FOR HIGHEST AND LONGEST JUMPS
  • BEST SHEET AND GO POWER DEVELOPMENT
  • SHORT BAR STROKE FOR GREAT BAR FEEDBACK

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2017
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m-22m-24m-27m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

North Rebel 2017 11m
Name:
henk 
Weight:
68 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 13 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 28.08.2016 at 13:40 hour
Comments:
Flew with the 7m rebel 2016, this 11m 2017 didn't have much in common. 7m last year was epic, end of that session was with a big smile, o happy day that was(also flown n low end conditions). this session with the 11m '17 was a whole other kind of experience. left the water confused. couldn't find the strong point of this kite, for what reason would I take this kite with me to the water? Im really curious how it flies in high-end conditions. made a joke about this rebel being the 11m buster. every joke has it's truth. this joke as well. again, I really hope I can test it once more in hard wind. or looking forward for a review here of someone who tested it in those conditions. 
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North Rebel 2017 11m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 14.08.2016 at 23:43 hour
Comments:
Riding the new Rebel gives me more questions than answers!
The new Rebel has a new canopy shape. The wide wing is changed in a rounder shape that lean more on the front lines.
These canopy & leading edge changes gives the 2017 Rebel a totally different kite feel. It's not the same kite anymore! Good / Bad? Please test before you buy and see If you like the new shape! For me the new round kite shape is less interesting. Miss the wing, that famous floaty Rebel feel that was tweaked into perfection.
Yes I am a bit disappointment, can't see the practical line in this new product. Probably it will take a serie to tweak the new Rebel. If its good? Again. the best way to find out is to test the new Rebel and feel if it has the characteristics you're looking for. 
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