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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2020
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Rider Profile

Allround & Big air kiter

Designers Goals (manufacturer text)

Big jumps. Big hang time. Big wind range. Designed from the ground up, this kite will rocket you upwind fast, with anti-gravity boosting capabilities. Optimised for all conditions, the North Orbit is a predictable kite that can be flown in the unpredictable. Light bar pressure allows effortless and precise steering with a massive sweet spot. A stiff frame provides a stable platform to help with overpowered airs and megaloops in gusty conditions. Tested by nature and proven by our athletes.

FEATURES

Phenomenal loft and hangtime

Wide flat 2-stage arc supported by a reinforced exo-skeleton frame for precision boosting capabilities. The Orbit boosts and loops with ease and is guaranteed to take your breath away. The flattened 2-stage arc design enables a smooth curved efficient central region of the kite to produce power, with straighter wing tips for a more dynamic steering response. The Orbit makes the most use of its area, so it has the best hangtime and best power delivery for its size.

Powerful 5-strut performance

High performance 5-strut kite for incredible stability in a wide range of conditions. A powerful all-terrain high performance kite.

Incredible upwind performance

A reduced leading edge diameter gives the Orbit a low drag profile, making it sit further forwards in the wind window for greater power and efficiency.

High aspect sweep design

Allows more area in the center of the kite for efficiency and easy roll to relaunch.

Controlled response

Light bar pressure for effortless steering or just park and ride.

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2020
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m
Bar length: 45cm-50cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Orbit 2020 09m
Name:
Chris 
Weight:
75 kilos 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 38
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 21.10.2019 at 17:23 hour
Comments:
Tested the Orbit 9m in very difficult conditions from flat water till waves in Wind from 18-38 knots. The profile of the kite ist very stable in ultra gusty conditions. Tested it against Bandit 2020, Dice 2020, Evo 2020 and it is a blast to ride this kite. Boosting is so easy and comfortable with so less lateral pull. Looping on the 9m is fun too.
 
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North Orbit 2020 12m
Name:
Robert Verheij  
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround, big-air  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 27
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
lift
 
GradualExplosive
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 15.10.2019 at 17:45 hour
Comments:
Love the Orbit 12. It’s quick you can make good loops with the 12. The kite has great lift and hangtime. If you get one you will not get disappointed. North did a great Job liked it more then the Evo 12. It’s sits between the Evo and Dice after flying many years Evo and Dices.  
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North Orbit 2020 11m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
93 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
20 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kitefinder.com - 11.10.2019 at 19:40 hour
Comments:
Had 1 session with the new North Orbit. Liked it, still your can feel it's a first release of a whole new kite serie. The new Orbit 11m need a few small tweaks. Stability is the biggest one. Still the new North did a great job to pull a whole new brand out of a hat :) The quality is a combination of Duotone and Cabrinha, the shape is different but you can compare them with Core XR, Duotone Rebel, Cabrinha Switchblade. Kite feel was playful, light on the bar but enough feedback to play around. Well done North. Unbelievable that they can create a totally new brand in such a short of time! 
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