The New North Dice 2014 Kitesurf Kite
So, there’s been some changeable weather around lately and what better time to test a kite, when its not the perfect conditions but more of the conditions that are “usual” for many of us.
The North Dice is a completely new kte for 2014. Some have reffered to it as being an alternate against other kites on the market such as the Naish Park or the Liquid Force Envy. Some have questioned the reasoning behind such a kite, tailored to two completely different sides of kiteboarding, both freestyle and wave.
For those that have experienced one discipline, but not the other, the two are indeed very similar. Both demand a stable quick turning kite, not oversensitive to bar imput, not able to oversheet, that unhooks well and stays a little further back in the wind window. Having the advantage of an easy relaunch and good manners when rigged suicide is a great benefit too.
Many riders also do ride both freestyle and wave and so having a kite that performs well in both sectors, without being tied to having both a Vegas and a NEO quiver is a also quite an appeal.
So where does the 2014 Dice from NKB differ from the NEO and the Vegas?
When compared to the North Vegas, the Dice offers a little more low end pull (due to the deeper canopy), a faster relaunch (due to the shape) and better gust response. The losses are a little less ‘rip’ on the load and pop (to be expected) and the ability to precisely stall the kite becomes more vague – again expected due to the canopy shape.
Comparing the Dice 2014 against the NEO, the Dice has a little more power, retains more power through the loops, retains more power generally, but is a little easier to unhook with and jumps easier and for longer. The Dice also has a little more bar pressure than the NEO (but we did have it on the high pressure setting).
The kite handles both wave and frestyle disciplines very well and for those not wanting to commit to the full freestyle nature of the North Vegas, or to the full wave kite of the NEO, the NKB Dice 2014 is a great option.
Tested by BBR staff Craig – Freestyle, James – Wave
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