Brand New 2016 Rebel 9m / Was: 540, Now: 380
The new North Rebel 2016 is the ultimate kite for huge jumps and massive hangtime! There have been quite a few changes across the range this year to ensure it still delivers the maximum performance across all the sizes. The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which makes them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.
The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance. The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hangtime and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability replacing the Rebel 18.
The Rebel has always been the class-leading kite; now each size has been designed to offer the ultimate in freeride and jumping performance regardless of the wind conditions.
The North Rebel 2016 is still the definitive free-ride universal kite combining all the ingredients you need to cover a huge wind-range, rip apart any size surf, boost huge airs and ride comfortably in nearly all conditions. It is quite simply North’s best interpretation of what a modern free-ride / big air kite should be and it’s really no mystery why the Rebel is THE most sold kite ever.
The smaller sizes in the range now feature a lower aspect ratio, which make them smoother in gusty winds whilst also improving the turning speed of the kite. This makes the smaller Rebels even livelier than before without loosing stability and still allows you to boost huge airs.
The middle sizes in the range offer the perfect blend between turning speed, handling and jumping ability. The profile and aspect ratio of these kites has been tweaked to offer amazing performance.
The 12m to 14m kites now have a higher aspect ratio, which offers higher jumps, longer hang time and better power delivery with a smooth bar feel. The big 16m Rebel shares a similar shape and profile with the 14m, but the bigger 16 has more of an emphasis on low end power and jumping ability.
The Rebel was the game changer when it was first launched all those years ago and since then it has remained the best selling kite in the North Kiteboarding range year on year. There are so many fans out there that fly the Rebel week in week out and love it. With good reason, the Rebel is one of the most stable kites on the market, making it perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. The kite offers responsive steering, even when it is depowered. The upwind ability of the kite is also fantastic, making it great for freeride, waves and even a bit of foiling.
The Rebel 2016 still gives the rider a good amount of bar feedback, offering total control in the roughest conditions. The hang time and lift offered by the kite is amazing, huge floaty jumps are delivered time and time again. This year the kite has a deeper profile, which allows it to drift a little more in the waves but also offers an improved low end. When you want to rely on dependable handling characteristics in all conditions and allow you to concentrate on the board under your feet. The Rebel 2016 has got you covered.
The 2016 Rebel perfectly combines power and handling to create the perfect kite for “hooked” riders looking for their perfect wave and freeride partner.
Air Port Valve:
In 2016, the North Rebel is be equipped with the brand new Air Port Valve. The valves unique construction has several advantages, but first and foremost it saves time setting up. The valve works with any conventional pump (its a breeze to pump with a new North High Volume Pump) or compressor as it can be connected directly to the bayonet insert of the hose. Additionally, the air passage of the new valve makes it possible to pass four times more air than before. The valve is also suitable for both, inflation and deflation.
The deflation option is integrated, which means no external deflation pin is required. Deflation is simply activated by turning the blue wheel on the inside of the valve completely to the right. Hence loosing air when not wanted is not possible, as the valve is closed after deflation by turning the bayonet completely to the left before taking it off. A short sizzling noise of a very small amount of air escaping from the interspace when taking of the bayonet is normal.
The new Air Port Valve can also be easily operated with neoprene gloves thanks to the large diameter. Due to its very flat construction, it also prevents line snag. The valve enables fatigue-proof inflation due to the bigger air passage. Even bigger kites will be inflated within seconds!
Size Specific Tuning:
Size-specific tuning ensures that the big sizes feel crisp and lively and the small sizes feel forgiving even in blistering wind. The Rebel also features a simple back-line adjustment to tune it for greater or lesser bar pressure to suit your desired feel. As with all North kites, the 2016 North Rebel is built to last utilizing our proven construction methods and the highest quality materials like our exclusive Teijin D2 canopy fabric.
Whether you’re ripping apart waves, getting huge lofty jumps setting Woo device records, or just blasting around on flat water, the 2016 North Rebel is a stylish 5-line all-terrain freeride / wave machine that gives you an unmatched “connected” feel and virtually limitless performance in all conditions.
The North Rebel has become famous for it’s direct depower, smooth, predictable turning, even when depowered and a short bar stroke. For 2016 this year is no exception! The North Rebel 2016 Flutter-free wingtips have greatly improved the smoothness and consistency of the Rebel’s turning. This smooth turning combined with optimized canopy profiles that are highly resistant to back stalling provide seamless power delivery ideal for surfing. Improved bar feel and de-power in the small sizes means even more comfortable and accessible top-end so you can keep having fun even when the wind gets nuclear.
Loaded 5th Line Design:
The loaded 5th line design, in addition to providing safety, gives the Rebel its short and aggressive power stroke that is up to 30% shorter than bridled kites. This means huge range and top-end comfort on those super windy days and the ability to instantly turn the power off and on at will as you link your turns down the line.
North’s new “floating” centre strut further enhances the direct de-power by allowing the canopy to easily luff as well as providing rock-solid stability in strong winds.
The new back-line “V” attachment distributes the load of the back-lines on the kite for a solid bar feel and, together with the new bungee system, eliminates any line snags during re-launch.
The North 2016 Rebel’s unique steering sensitivity and smoothness have also been improved by implementing a straight segment in the leading edge for an ultra clean, flutter-free canopy near the tips that keeps you connected and in-tune to the kite’s every movement.
Adaptive Tips >
For 2016 the Rebel features the new “Adaptive Tip”. In recent years, there has been a trend leaning towards more reactive kites with even lighter sheeting forces than in the past. Such kites are really comfortable, lively for wave riding and offer more forgiving kite loops because they pivot around the wingtip. However, comparison tests have shown that North team riders and testers actually prefer kites with a harder bar feel because they offer better feedback, precise steering and more dynamic turning, which in turn creates more power.
The North Rebel 2016 “Adaptive Tip” allows users to easily change the sheeting force and turning performance through a simple back pigtail adjustment, allowing you to customize your kite to your desired style and feel:
Whats the same and Why?
The 2016 North Rebel remains a 5-line kite, of course, all for all the usual reasons:
1.) Short depower stroke and crisp feel. In sizes 9 metres and over. Anyone who rides wave or has short arms or just likes a responsive kite can appreciate the importance of achieving full depower with a minimal movement of the control bar.
2.) Super stability. If it weren’t so easy to keep in the air you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s made of rock.
3.) Easy relaunch in light winds. Even riders who like four-line kites often add a fifth line to make relaunch possible in super-light wind.
4.) Safety. When you need to get total, complete and perfect depower in half a second, nothing else works as well as a 5th line.
Size Specfic Tuning:
1.) Sizes 10 to 14 have been tuned for short bar stroke and a maximally crisp feel. Max lowend power
2.) Sizes 5 to 8, which naturally tend to be a bit too crisp and responsive, have been tuned for a crispness and responsiveness that’s just right. Not soft and slow; not uncomfortably harsh and fast.
3.) 9-metre kites can go either way, a bit slow and soft or a bit fast and harsh. We spent some time tuning this one for what we think is just the right feel in a wave and all-around kite.
Leading Edge Diameter:
North have kept the overall LE diameters fairly large right out through the tips to ensure rock-solid stability and tolerance of low inflation pressures. The new square tip is more tolerant of low pressure than the old one, so we could have reduced tip LE diameter a bit, but chose not to in the interest of ensuring stability and reliability. The Rebel is an all-round and wave kite, so there’s no need to try to minimize diameters at the expense of convenience, stability and easy relaunch.
Every year North try to reduce undesirable luffing and fluttering in the Rebel and this year we have made a further step in that direction, mainly achieved through fine-tuning of canopy profile. North also moved the quarter struts slightly farther toward the tips so as to increase the central „power“ area of the kite and reduce the size of the side panels, the panels prone to luffing in a turn.
Luffing and fluttering occurs most when a kite is overpowered, or when it is turning tightly. In both cases, the feeling of the bar is one of vibration and imprecision. Reducing luff and flutter gives the bar a smoother and more precise feel.
The square tip has the potential to make the tip surface area a little more effective and, if done correctly, less prone to unwanted distortion from steering forces. North paid particular attention to this issue and ensured a clean canopy shape in this area.
Tunable Bar Pressure:
2016 North Rebel features an adjustment in the back line bridle that permits the rider to opt for greater or lesser bar pressure. Low bar pressure reduces strain on arms and makes turn initiation easier, but gives less feedback about kite position and load condition. Higher bar pressure is a little more athletic and is often preferred by more experienced riders.
2016 North Rebel Key Features include:
Perfect for Freeride / Wave Riding
Loaded 5th Line Concept
Short and Direct depower stroke
Adaptive Tip Feedback Option
Sheeting Force for different bar pressure options
Lazy One-Pump System
Floating centre strut
Easy Relaunch Bungees
Self Rescue Handles for easy water packdown and swim
All sizes have greater structural stability and a more solid feel
All sizes have lower drag, less flutter and better depower
All sizes have stronger, more repeatable construction
Small sizes are softer and more forgiving
Middle sizes crisper in feel and more stable in the air
Large sizes are crisper in feel and great for hangtime
Direct and fast following steering commands, even completely depowered
Low drag design