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Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2011
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 16m, 18m
Type: SLE


Race SLE kite

Designers Goals

Enter the Dyno. This is the light-wind kite. It offers parked power similar to a parafoil together with superior dynamic power, better depower, more nuanced bar feel, better turning speed and superior safety (owing to inflatable elements). A versatile kite that will fly on either four lines or five, it has superior performance and handling, light winds and lulls are handled with ease.
Low weight is clearly the Dyno's main feature. To get it, several steps have been taken. The Lazy Pump inflation system was eliminated because single-point inflation of course adds weight. Thinner bladder material and a lighter Dacron have been used in the inflatable elements. Two extra segments are put in the arc between the quarter ribs, which produced a slightly truer aerofoil in the center lifting area. Construction details that contribute crucially to function and durability remain, others were eliminated.
 As a result, the 18-meter Dyno flys in winds that are barely perceptible.

A new Dynosty in lightwind performance has just begun.


  • ultimative lightwind machine
  • lightweight construction
  • still durable materials
  • smooth but crisp barfeedback
  • fast turning
  • Technoforce D2


north trust bar 2011Still one step ahead, the fifth edition of our tried and tested 5th Element Bar is possibly the most effective and trustworthy safety system on the market. 2010 nearly any Kiteboarding magazine declared it the test winner. The Iron Heart VI requires minimal release forces and is not affected by harsh sand and saltwater conditions. The double de-power line in combination with the Sliding Stopper and Stopper Ball ensures that the bar is always where you want it to be in all situations. Our small, lightweight Vario Cleat allows you to quickly and easily adjust it to your desired de-power stroke while the system automatically trims your lines to the perfect length. If the dangling trim line has ever interfered with your flow in the past, you can now forget about it focus on your riding: Simply Velcro the dangling portion to the stopper ball so it’s never in your way. The Micro Loop is no longer an integrated feature, but for those who like the comfort of riding with fixed power, the system can quickly and easily be fitted.
Riders of all skill levels, from newcomers to pros, will benefit from the simplicity and functionality of the new 5th Element Bar Trust Bar and Iron Heart IV.


Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2011
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 16m, 18m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 7
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
Bar length: 46cm-55cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitesurfing review North Dyno 16m 2011

What is the kite for?

The Dyno is a light-wind kite for course/long distances races, but also for riders who want to get going when there is not that much wind.

Specific test conditions:

We tested the kite in very light wind conditions (8-10 Kts) and in gusty offshore condtions (10-18 Kts). For this test we used a course-race and free-race board.

Detail Photo's

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North kiteboarding carefully selected the materials they used to build the Dyno. Reinforcements and other add-ons that would increase the weight of the kite were discarded. The one-pump system, for instance, is not available on the Dyno. The leading edge and the struts have a typical design and are made of light and strong material called Dacron.
The Dynos appearance somewhat reminds you of a Formula 1 race car, form and functionality for minimum drag and maximum performance.
The Dyno is a well balanced kite. We were able to launch the kite with just 6 Kts of wind (from the 6 o`clock position) and kept it stable at 12 o`clock.  The Dyno can be carried by the slightest breeze.

Why use it for racing?

Most light-wind kites we test have a clear heading preference and generate most power on the edge of the wind-window or require you to generate power in the flight lines.  The Dyno, however, positively stands out through its kite-pressure and handling in any sailing heading.

The Dyno is more than just a XXL version of a kite. The Dyno seems to choose the most effective position in the wind-window to maintain optimum pressure and to gain speed.


I have to admit that my eyes and  proprioception are unable to put a finger on all the techniques and technology used in the Dyno.  But that is how it should be, manufacturers should keep on surprising kitesurfers with new innovative materials, shapes and technology by providing kites that get the best out of the wind and the kitesurfers.

I believe this kite to be a new innovative step in light-wind kitesurfing and racing.


Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy


Limited Wide

Early plane, in lowend. High end good depower

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

With 5 knots wind, stable in windwindow on 12 hour



Gradual Explosive


Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

good for hangtime!


Small range Large range

One of the best characteristic score, light built, good power on the edge


Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Very light on the bar


Maximum speed

Difficult Easy


Slow Fast

Gust = acceleration

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Dyno will search for the best pressure spot on the edge of the window, this kite is very sensitive

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

North Dyno create pressure in all kind of tacks,

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