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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2017
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: SLE
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Rider Profile

Allround rider who likes to make a board switch (wave/foil/twintip)

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Mono is a modern one strut design best suited to the accomplished Freerider wanting to travel light and advance on a Twin Tip, Directional or Foil. Stripping it back to basics, the Mono takes inspiration from the Neo where a soft bar feel and linear power development are key. The Mono is easy to relaunch, offers a stable canopy and a very smooth handling. A very light but also very robust kite in a simple package. Completely new in the range is the absolute light wind machine, the 15sqm. Get ready to enjoy a playful ride powered by a simple design. 

PERFORMANCE FEATURES

• excellent depower
• quick and easy to relaunch
• fast and reactive steering
• reduced flutter
• more precise bar feedback
• more stable in gusts
• soft bar feel and linear power development • quick turning with better follow-through

TECH FEATURES
• moderate Delta Design
• 4 and 5 lines compatible
• light and robust one strut design

WHAT‘S NEW ON MONO 2017

The focus for the new Mono 2017 was to step up the bar feel and responsiveness while reducing flutter, which is the main drawback of one strut kites in general.

more narrow tips
The narrower tips twist in the back a bit more, which increases the tip angle of attack and thus helps to reduce flutter. It also reduces the total amount of cloth near the tips of the kite that is prone to flutter when the kite is turning. This new flutter reducing construction also enables a more precise bar feedback.

better turning
Less flutter in the outer tip during a turn means that the new Mono 2017, compared to the 2016 model, has similar quickness initiating a turn, but better follow-through. For example, a kite loop on the new Mono completes tighter and quicker than on the old Mono.

shorter bridles
The 2017 model has shorter bridles which means less
chance of tangles. Additionally the more complex structure of the bridle leads to better LE support and better stability.

smaller LE diameter
A smaller leading edge diameter and a slightly flatter canopy (in some sizes) make the Mono 2017 more stable in gust-handling. 

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2017
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 1
Colours: Green & Yellow
Line length: 19m-22m-24m-27m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: n.a.
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 6 reviews on this product:

North Mono 2017 05m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
+10 
Kite size:
05m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
price quality
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
drift
 
HardSoft
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 26.10.2017 at 18:44 hour
Comments:
We use the North Mono in the kite school. Especially for kids this is a great kite. Great safety, stable, gradual power and short de-power stroke. Good fun to play around! Because the lightness of the one strut the small 5m Mono stays in the air in light winds +9 knots.
The 7m Mono was the favorite for most kids above 10 years.  
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North Mono 2017 12m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
glide phase
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 06.08.2017 at 13:19 hour
Comments:
Rode the 12m Mono on a surfboard. Started in 12 knots. Great performance! The wind picked up to 16 knots. The 12m was a bit overpowered (strapless) less depower, slower and a lot of grunt. The best performance of the Mono lies in its low end! 
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North Mono 2017 15m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 7 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 25.03.2017 at 15:18 hour
Comments:
Had a low wind session with the 15m Mono, hydrofoil and 27m lines. Wind between 8-10 knots (measured). Yes, it was possible to foil. The Mono was stable on 12 o clock. 3 or 9 o clock was it a bit harder to keep the Mono from drifting down to the water. On time downlooping was the best remedy. Lack of an explosive boost or lift and the great kite feedback gives the Mono a comfortable & save feel. The windrange of the Mono 15m on 27m lines and a hydrofoil was greatly in its lo wend and pretty limited in its high end. At 10 knots the Mono was strong and had a tough session to control my speed and the kite pressure. Again, I was on a hydrofoil and probably with a twin tip the high end range would be much wider.
Lack of an explosive boost or lift and the great kite feedback gives the Mono a comfortable & save feel.  
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North Mono 2017 07m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 21.03.2017 at 19:39 hour
Comments:
7m Mono 2017 on a hydrofoil in super gusty conditions. Just curious how the new 7m Mono holds up. Well, surprisingly good. Seams the balance in the 7m is great. I had control in the gusty winds, power enough in the 15 knots (hydrofoil) and depower enough in the hard gusts and one thing for sure, out of control on a hydrofoil is not a pretty thing to experience. But there wasn't a moment I lost control. So the Mono 7m, holds up in gusty conditions! 
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North Mono 2017 12m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 13
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 15.03.2017 at 21:31 hour
Comments:
Hydrofoil session with the 12m Mono at 10/13 knots. Again, like the 9m you can feel that the new Mono widen its wind window. The kite really stays straight above your head on 12 O'clock. The new Mono is tuned really sharp and in gusts it's possible the kite tips over its leading edge. After the gust it falls back really quickly, makes the kite a bit shifty at the edge of the wind window. Riding with the foil the kite gives good feedback, reacts fast with a short turning circle. It hasn't got that overall pull like the 2016 series. It's faster, looses it pressure a bit sooner and less sheet and go power. Higher performance in up wind, less performance in drift. The Mono has the intention to stop turning if you loose the line tension. So, overall you have a faster performing 12m, but you need more technical flying skills to play with the new Mono 12m. 
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North Mono 2017 09m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 7 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 12.03.2017 at 19:13 hour
Comments:
Had a session with this North Mono 9m and a hydrofoil. Wind between 11 and 15 knots. North always tune its new kite series, the question is which direction? Which kite characteristics did North pushed forward in the new Mono. I believe they gave it less grunt, wider wind window and as a result more upwind performance in its high end. With winds under the 10 knots the Mono 9m has a forward tilt tendency. Above 11 knots this was almost gone, sometimes in a gust the Mono flies at 12 o’clock straight over your head, to drift back afterwards. That edge of the wind window shift makes the kite a bit restless in gusty winds. The search for more performance, gave the new North Mono less stability in the very low-end. For twin tip riders the low-end range lies a bit higher, so no problems here. For foil riders low end 9m kites you can fly 9m kites just under the 10 knots. So for the < 10 knots conditions I would try a 12m.
Restart in 11 knots was great, pull the steering lines and the Mono crawls to the wind window with an early water release.

Personally, I liked the older Mono for hydrofoiling, the twin-tip and wave riders would love the new Mono. It has more performance. (watch the kite characteristics) If you would like to add your comments or make your own North Mono experience. Please leave a short review behind!
Thanks!
 
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