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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2017
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 08.5m, 11.5m, 14.5m, 17.5m
Type: Foil
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Rider Profile

All terrain, freeride

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The ACE is a new light wind foil kite for intermediate to advanced riders who value performance above all else. Developed alongside some of the best hydrofoil racers in the world the kite offers some unique characteristics. The ACE is extremely lightweight and uses some unique and exceedingly durable materials. It has a huge wind range with massive depower and offers unrivalled hangtime; it can be ridden with a twin tip for freeride riding or with a hydrofoil for both racing and freeriding. It provides immense amounts of lift, making foiling, tacks, gybes and tricks easy. The pure foil sensation.
 
Features
  • UNIQUE UPWIND AND DOWNWIND RIDING CHARACTERISTICS
  • FAST, DIRECT TURNING AND POWERFUL LIFT
  • OUTSTANDING HANGTIME
  • ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT AND LONG-LASTING MATERIALS
  • HUGE WIND RANGE
  • MASSIVE DEPOWER
  • EASY WATER RELAUNCH, INDIVIDUAL CHAMBERS STAY INFLATED
  • ONLY TO BE USED WITH THE TRUST BAR FOIL

The ACE kite is produced in cooperation with Advance (www.advance.ch), who is the market leader in paragliding. The chief developer Kari Eisenhut, who is responsible for the development of the North Kiteboarding ACE kite, is a passionate kitesurfer who is into foiling himself since the very beginning.
The ACE kite has been developed preferably for foil kiting for experienced and advanced kitesurfer who have already got in touch with foiling.
For a reactive bar feeling the recommended line length is 18m. For getting started the recommended line length is 24m as it facilitates the kite handling. 

KiteFinder first impression North Ace

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2017
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 08.5m, 11.5m, 14.5m, 17.5m
Type: Foil
One pump: not in place
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: not in place
Colours: Various
Line length: 18m - 24m
Bar length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 1 reviews on this product:

North Ace 2017 11.5m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11.5m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 25.02.2017 at 10:08 hour
Comments:
Had a short land session with the 11.5 North Ace. During the first impression it took some effort to launch the Ace. After a few try outs we noticed that tension on the steering lines helps to launch the Ace properly. If the kite is filled up you have a fast steering kite in your hands. A bit different than the other foils, like you have to tame this horse for a good ride. This is the first serie and the kite feels raw. Some of my co-pilots liked that because all the other foils are smoothing out. I believe, the diamond need a bit of polish. 
2 kudos - +

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