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North Dice 2016
Direct and fast turning
Great unhooked performance
Great Drifting abilitiy
Improved low end
C-orientated three strut design
Now in its third generation the ever-popular Dice has redefined versatility and performance. No matter what your style this kite has you covered, it’s perfect for wakestyle and freestyle allowing you to pull the latest moves and tricks with ease. With a fast progressive turn and dynamic handling it is also amazing in the waves offering excellent drift down the line.
For 2016 the leading edge has been swept back even further to offer superior low end power. The bridle has been optimized to make the structural profile even stiffer. A lot of work has been put into the struts this year, they are now thinner, making the kite faster and improving its jumping capabilities. Additionally, the struts have been further reinforced to offer better durability and there is a new Anti-Snag design on the leading edge tips to ensure the lines and bridle won’t get tangled in the event of a crash. Lastly, the Dice has been fitted with our improved Lazy Pump system for better airflow that will ensure you are the first person on the water.
If you want a kite that can handle anything you throw at it, and come back begging for more, then the Dice is the perfect choice.
The kite can be used with North quad 4 line bar or trust 5th element bar.
5th Element Bar
Safety is an essential topic in a sport where you are facing the power of the elements and in some situations are totally on your own. The North patented 5th line system has provided the greatest combination of safety and performance for many years now. Year after year, the 5th line concept proves its reliability and 100% instant depower after a safety release no matter what the conditions. The system still has a commanding lead compared to other safety systems available on the market. This is why we at North Kiteboarding believe in the 5th line concept. What’s more, the 5th line makes water relaunch effortless and the loaded 5th line kite designs (Vegas and Rebel) offer a very short depower stroke, giving the rider ultimate control in gusty conditions. The benefits of this set-up are obvious and appreciated by riders all over the world.
The established 4-line system offers a single fronline safety system. When releasing the single frontline system all the power is redirected to one single frontline, whereby the kite will flag out easily and rest powerless on the water. Moreover, the kite will remain in a position that is ideal to relaunch the kite from the water. The safety pulley is specially designed for the single frontline safety system. The Quad Control bar is the safest 4-line bar on the market, offering unrivalled control and safety release options. The Iron Heart release is unparalleled in its efficiency and ease of use and forms the core of the bar through which the other safety systems flow. This allows the rider to get things back under control quickly and easily. The Quad Control Bar is identical to the 5th Element Bar aside from the 4 lines and single front line safety setup, ensuring it is the best on the market. However, 4-line systems can only offer limited safety functions. For ultimate safety and 100% depower, riders should choose the 5-line
-: eva cushioned winding post with flip-flop function for easy width adjustment
-: vario cleat and sliding stopper for easy height adjustment
-: integrated backline adjuster to trim rear lines
-: fully integrated eva floater to protect lines and rider
-: exchangeable plastic center part insert
-: moulded eva floater for safety leash prevents line tangling
-: huge depower & absolute safety
-: push pins for flip-flop function
The Winding Posts are made of a fully moulded fibreglass reinforced Polyamide construction, which offers an incredibly lightweight solution with increased stiffness. In addition to this, there is a moulded EVA cushioning to ensure maximum comfort for the rider. The Winding Posts feature an integrated backline adjustment, which allows the rider to trim the rear lines when needed.
Never ride without the cover. It prevents the knot of the leader line from slipping out of its housing. -
INTERGRATED EVA FLOATER
FLIP FLOP FUNCTION
The moulded EVA floater is fully integrated into the winding posts to offer a seamless connection, which gives better protection to the lines and the rider. The integration of the EVA floater also avoids line tangling and gives better overall stiffness between the bar and lines. To achieve better and more direct feedback on the thumb, we added a push pin on the outside of the winding post for easy operation. The Flip-Flop function allows you to switch between a 53 cm and 46 cm bar width (M/ L bar) and 49 cm and 42 cm bar width (S / M bar) with just one click. This makes the procedure of changing the bar set up far simpler.
Plastic, fitted centre hole
The exchangeable insert for the centre hole is made of plastic, to minimise wear on the depower line. The material we use is resistant to abrasion, and will cause much less damage, if sand is present, to the line itself.
STICKY & ERGONOMIC BAR GRIP
A small diameter of the bar allows a very thick EVA bar grip. This offers ideal control and comfort.
The North Kiteboarding Iron Heart is the benchmark for all safety systems and we are continuously aiming to further improve this essential piece of safety equipment. It is renowned for a fast, safe and easy release, coupled with the ability to quickly reassemble the unit and continue flying.
MOULDED CHICKEN LOOP & CHICKEN DICK
Exchanging the Chicken Loop or removing the Chicken Dig is easy due to the grub screw. Simply use an FCS fin key to remove the screws. The flexible moulded construction offers comfort and allows for easy reassembling. It is warp resistant and dimensionally stable which makes it very easy to hook back in after unhooked tricks, as the loop stays in shape. -
With every North Kiteboarding Bar, there is a choice between the standard safety mode and an easy to fix ”suicide” mode. Only very experienced riders with special requirements should use the suicide mode.
Only the standard safety mode offers 100% safety. We recommend to always using the standard safety mode. Riders who use the suicide mode should be aware and responsible for the possible consequences!
THE REVERSE RELEASE PIN
The heart of the Iron Heart IV is the reverse release pin and one of the keys of the intelligent release mechanism. Unlike other safety systems, it hinges to the inside to protect your hands. The reverse release pin is the reason for the incredibly low release forces enabling you to release with little exertion. -
The Roto Head permits you to untangle the lines after a rotational jump or a kiteloop while you are riding. It is made from an extremely durable plastic construction where no corrosion is possible. The Roto Head comes with two grub screws making it easy and fast to change the depower line. Simply use an FCS fin key to remove the screws and change the depower line. -
Vario Cleat and sliding stopper
The Vario Cleat and Sliding Stopper enable a quick and easy adjustment of the depower stroke. Especially interesting for smaller riders who have problems reaching the bar in the regular setting. The height of the Vario Cleat and Sliding Stopper can be easily adjusted to suit personal preferences. The reduced size combined with the smaller Vario Cleat accounts for 12% more depower area. The 5th line channel reduces the risk of the 5th line getting tangled considerably.
The Safety Leash offers excellent floatation, guaranteed protection and ease of handling. The moulded EVA construction covering the hook is softer and prevents lines from tangling; the hook itself can still be bent in two directions. The EVA cover can be pulled back for easy hooking in and out to the suicide ring at the chicken loop. The safety release function is positioned at the end of the leash where it is attached to the harness; giving you the possibility to release the kite completely at any time. -
Line Length Adviser
Three years ago we introduced different line length ranging from 19 to 27 metres as the length of the flying lines can make a huge difference to the way the kite flies. Different styles of riding, different kite models or the kite size can be influencing factors that require different line length. In order to further increase this synergy effect the 19 and 22 m lines come on a medium bar (49/42 cm) and the 24 and 27 m lines on a large bar (53/46 cm). The bar is the rider’s first point of contact with the kite. In order to achieve a maximum comfort when riding it is essential to match the kite and the rider’s style of riding to the correct line length.
19m (70% Handling / 30% Power)
Super fast and reactive turning speeds, shorter lines are best for extreme freestyle and crazy kite loops. They are also excellent for wave riding, where the kites turning speed is important. Wakestyle riders enjoy the close connection to the kite too. The disadvantage is you lose some of the lowend power.
› Fast and reactive turning
› For extreme Freestyle, Wakestyle and Waves
› Tight, super fast and hard kite loops
› Narrower bar width
22m (60% Handling / 40% Power)
The favourite length of our freestyle and wave team riders. The 22m lines are still great for getting lots of speed from the kite, perfect for wave riding and freestyle. Not as extreme as the 19m lines, they still lose a bit of low-end power.
› Reactive turning
› Fast kite loops
› Favourite set up of our freestyle riders
› Best choice for waveriding
› Narrower bar width
24m (50% Handling / 50% Power)
One bar fits all. The 24m lines are the best choice for an all round length, good turning speed combined with good power make 24m the perfect choice for a lot of riders. Great for freeride, waves and freestyle.
› The most versatile length
› Great for all round freeriding
› Good low end and a good turning speed
› High jumps as you can “load” the lines
› The recommended size for a one bar quiver!
27m (40% Handling / 60% Power)
The extra length means extra power, you get a little more range out of your quiver by adding this bar with the longer lines. They are also great for jumping as you can really “load” the lines when you edge and send the kite back through the window.
› Enormous low-end
› Huge jumps
› Lots of lift
Ralf Grösel is the creator of the Dice; a versatile shredding machine. A kite that will meet the high demands of freestylers and wakestylers but as well will work for most waveriders. Ralf brought his visions to life, resulting in a bestseller and a favourite amongst the respected media ‘test teams’. For 2016, Ralf ’s mission was to redefine it in order to suit the overall performance attributes required, whilst providing the most direct handling and best feedback of all 3-strut kites.
What was the task at the very beginning of the development for season 2016?
The aim at the very start of the development process was to compare the Dice to other 3 strut performance kites on the market. The next step was to take our design to the next level and create an even better Dice.
What are the main differences of the Dice compared to other 3-strut constructions?
The Dice offers the most direct handling and feedback of all 3-strut kites, with that great, familiar North Kiteboarding feeling. It’s a kite which best suits the needs of any freestyler or even wakestyler. Compared to other performance 3-strut kites, the drift is good and even fulfils the needs dedicated by wave riders who know how to steer a kite. Furthermore, it is highly suited to those wanting a very versatile kite which jumps well, loops confidently and is stable when unhooked. For freeriding it’s a reliable companion you can trust at any time. When compared to 2015, the idea was to redefine it and enhance its freeride abilities. The development of power is always smooth, linear and predictable along with a soft increase of pressure on the bar. The rider can always feel what the kite is doing at any time, making the Dice way more reliable then most other kites. For a 3-strut design the Dice is very soft and forgiving. Even in gusty conditions the force is not delivered to the rider, but absorbed through the profile of the kite. The 2016 Dice has a significant improved low end compared to the previous model, related to the increased delta and slightly more draft back profiles.
What are the main differences of the small and big sizes?
The small kites’ aspect ration/extension ( 10 m2 and less) is a bit less, creating the same, familiar feeling a rider would expect from the bigger sizes. With a more closed profile, the kite is very balanced - powered as well as depowered! This results in laid back and smooth sailing for smaller kites, whilst retaining outstanding agility, predictability and playfulness. The bigger Dices from 10 m2 upwards have a higher aspect ratio. Big kites usually have to have a high aspect ratio in order to create a lot of depower, with the same depower length at the bar. With a closed Cone and a big angle of attack, good general grunt is achieved as well as increased light wind per formance. One tool to accomplish this is an increased Delta, which also improves the waterstart performance of the Dice, especially in the larger sizes and compared to previous years.
What’s your recommendation on the different settings?
You have the choice of three different setups. The recommended setup is the Medium Setup - that’s how the kite is delivered and suitable for any kind of conditions. My personal recommendation is the Hard Setting and I’ll explain why. For Freestyle and Wakestyle moves, agility and the turning speed of the kite is not that important, but pop and stability is key! For the average Freerider, uninterested in unhooked tricks but wanting a very comfortable and easy going kite, the Soft Setting is the right choice. The Dice then pivots fast and is direct whilst having very low steering forces. This ‘Softie-Setting’ is comparable to other well known 3-strut kites.
How’s the Dice when compared to the wave specific Neo?
It’s impossible to create the same drift that the Neo has as such a performer, but the drifting abilities of the Dice are very good when compared to other 3-strut kites. The Dice is super versatile in waves, but needs to be steered a bit more than the Neo for the same amount of fun when on the wave. Even when completely sheeted out the Dice is direct. The depower for wave riding is great and can be achieved quickly.
What are the advantages for the average rider, let’s say a typical freerider?
For the classic freerider, the handling of the Dice is nothing short of brilliant. It does everything you’d expect from a kite. You always know where it is within the wind window, it’s very predictable and jumps high with power and lift. The Dice combines the best of jumping and all-round riding abilities, whilst the great bar handling gives the rider a lot of trust in the kite. Even Megaloops are easy to get into for the not so experienced rider.
So why should a you buy a Dice?
Because he wants to have fun in any conditions and the Dice offers that in the most sporty way. It’s the perfect kite for everyone who loves the versatility of the sport and does not want to see any limitations from their equipment. One day it’s surf time, one day a hardcore wakestyle session or cruising from left to right on a Sunday afternoon. One thing is for sure: the Dice is an active kite that will challenge the rider to be dynamic, try new things and be active on the water. The Dice delivers you the freedom to decide on any direction of the sport at any second, just change from boots to a strapless board and go out again. Just keep in mind, the moment you’re going for freestyle, it’s a must to change to the hard setting!
Which line length do you use on the different kites?
My recommendation according to how the kite sizes are developed is 22 m for the smaller kites – up to 10 m2. Everything above this size is better suited to 24 m lines.
What’s new in 2016 to 2015 in a nutshell?
A higher delta angle on the tip, which results in better low end performance.
A slimmer centre profile for more speed and better low end.
Increased structural stiffness on the tips to prevent tips from shaking.
Straight LazyPump system.
Newly designed Canopy-Dacron-patches to protect the
Draft-back profile for increased low end and smooth drifting ability