The North Dice 2017 is a perfectly balanced Freestyle and Wakestyle tool redefining versatility and performance in a C-oriented three strut design, which can even impress in waves.

For 2017 a new panel layout with an immensely stable Dacron frame and wave panels on the trailing edge, enhance durability and the overall canopy stiffness. The dynamic curve of the tip strut offers responsive steering, whilst the variety of different length pigtails give even more variation between the different settings.

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 and the struts are now even thinner, making the kite faster and improving its jumping capabilities. Additionally there is also 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.

4 and 5 line compatible, the Dice is a confidence giver with great rider feedback and incredible stability in the air. If you want a kite that is especially prepared for all your Freestyle and Wakestyle tricks, but is also able to perform in waves when actively steered, then the Dice is the one for you.

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 low end of the kite has been improved by opening up the profile of the kite to generate more power in lighter winds. This open profile has also added more stability at the top end of the kites range too. It’s still great in the waves with the impressive drifting capabilities, but it is perfect for freeriding and freestyle as well. To ensure it excites the freestylers and freeriders out there, North have made the kite more aggressive for improved lift and jumping characteristics.

The Dice 2017 kite feels lively in your hands, very direct and predictable in the air. The bar feedback is instinctive and riders find the kite easy to fly right out of the bag.

Kiteloops are really easy with the Dice for freestylers and it is still great fun to ride in the waves or flat water and yet also has excellent depower ability and quick, predictable turning and drift, ideal for the more surf-minded kiters.

Whatever the day brings, you will always be prepared to take advantage of the conditions. Whether it's freestyle tricks, shredding waves, jumping, cruising or all of the above, the Dice has got you covered. Air Port Valve: North Dice 2014 Water Relaunchable Kiteboarding Kite

 In 2017, the Dice is 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 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!

North Dice 4 / 5 Line control: The North Dice can be ridden on 4 or 5 line control bars, uniting new-school and free-ride in one kite.

The 4-line mode boasts an innovative new safety system and bar-feel perfect for those who prefer direct and simple handling.

In 5-line mode the 5th Element additionally stabilizes the arc, providing very direct bar-feel for new-school riding and the ultimate 5th line safety.

Auto re-launch means that you can go for it and never have to worry about re-launchng your kite. Just take your hands off the bar and let the kite do the work for you!

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 Dice 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 2017 Dice is built to last utilizing North's 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, or just blasting around on flat water, the 2017 North Dice is a stylish 4 or 5-line all-terrain freeride / wave machine that gives you an unmatched "connected" feel and virtually limitless performance in all conditions.

Adaptive Tips > The North Dice will feature 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 new “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: North Dice 2015 Water Relaunchable Kiteboarding Kite

PIGTAIL POSITION A HARD SHEETING FORCE SETTING: Heavier bar load Precise steering More kite feedback Powerful, dynamic turning Better jumping Aggressive kite loops PIGTAIL

POSTION B SOFT SHEETING FORCE SETTING: Light bar load Kite reacts faster to turning impulse Kite turns tighter Smooth kite loops Softer power development

Cam Battens > CamBattens give the kite two key advantages: Lower drag at normal angles of attack and better profile stability at low angles of attack! At normal angles of attack, the CamBattens keep the shape smooth and stable along the front part of the canopy.

 Aerodynamic theory tells us that this is the most important part of the profile for generating power with low drag.As you let the bar out to de-power, the wind tries to collapse the front part of the canopy and push the kite back.

CamBattens resist this by keeping a full, stable shape near the leading edge, allowing the kite to fly at lower angles of attack for more depower. Combine the CamBattens with Trim Tips, the new tip geometry lets the kite tilt even farther, and de-power to the maximum.

All of this gives the North Dice 2017 a very direct feel on the bar, better low end performance due to reduced drag, and a much wider wind range. On the water you will notice that the wind just seems a lot smoother, with less holes and gusts.

 Construction > In 2001 North implemented several construction changes in their school kites – the kites that get the hardest, most unremitting beating of any.

 One example of these, admittedly subtle, construction changes is the Fusion 10 strut-LE joint. Without going into too much detail, North can simply say that this method of attaching strut to the leading edge is more precise, repeatable and robust than any they have used in the past.

Now that this joint has a year of hard use by schools and riders, North feel confident putting it on all their 2017 models, including the Dice.

Another change can be found in the chord wise (front to back) seams of the canopy. Where these in the past have been more of a “butt” type of seam they are now the stronger and smoother overlap seam. The improvement can quickly be seen in a canopy that is more wrinkle-free than in the past.

North 2004/05/06/07/08/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/2016 5th Element Control Bars can be used but upgrading to the Iron Heart Chicken Loop is recommended.

Tolerant of Sub-spec Inflation: The Dice works best when inflated to 6psi, but they still work fine at 5 or 4psi. By contrast, many kites on the market these days need 8 or 10 psi to fly correctly.

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 Dice 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.

Square Tip 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. The risk of the square tip is that the canopy fabric can be less tightly controlled and can luff and flap more. North have paid particular attention to this issue and ensured a clean canopy shape in this area.

Tunable Bar Pressure: The Dice 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.

Improved Construction: Most obvious of the new construction elements in the Dice is the element North call the "TE Force Spread” a layer of wave-shaped cloth situated at the boundary between our durable 50-gram D2 canopy ripstop and our super-tough 160-gram trailing edge Dacron. The dissimilar cloth weights between the two materials can result in excessive flexing and thus weakening of the ripstop just in front of the Dacron. The addition of the "TE Force Spread" layer mitigates and spreads the flexing of the ripstop and prolongs the life of the kite.

 The new Dice has a beefed up leading edge construction that allows for more durability at high inflation pressures. Frankly, one of the big advantages inflated kites have over ramair kites is relatively high inflation pressure. Pressure gives better shape stability and responsiveness to bar input. Being able to pump to a higher pressure has no downside. Other details, such as scuff pads that cover stitching and improved Lazy-Pump valves help ensure the Dice is built to last.

 Key Features:

  •  Perfect for Freeride / Wave Riding
  • Direct and Fast Turning
  •  4 or 5 Line Concept
  • Short and Direct depower stroke
  • Easy Jumping Ability
  • Suprerb Unhooked Performance
  • Great drifting abilities for wave riding
  • Massive Depower
  • Adaptive Tip Feedback
  • Option Sheeting Force for different bar pressure options
  •  Lazy One-Pump System
  • 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 Direct and fast following steering commands, even completely depowered Low drag design

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