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TKB Review: 2014 NORTH Dice

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NORTH Dice
Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13M
Sizes Tested: 9, 12m

North Says:

The Dice is a brand new kite for 2014, aimed at the rider wanting a do it all machine with C-Shape flying characteristics. Airton Cozzolino and Tom Court are using the Dice this year, showing you just how versatile it is. Happy performing wakestyle, freestyle or in the waves – the kite entertains on all levels. It is based around a C-Shape profile, using a lightweight 3-strut construction. The 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, and it is great fun to ride in the waves or flat water.

If you want a kite that will give you the maximum amount of fun in any conditions, choose the Dice, responsive, fast and great fun!

Visit for more info: http://www.northkites.com/products/kites/dice/

Our Testers Say:

“Super responsive, big jumps, great all around three strut kite,” Davey Beard.

“Not a grunty kite, but good consistent pull with quick turning speed and solid drift that I would recommend as a good all terrain kite,” Jeff Senne.

“Solid in the air, comfortable bar and fun for jumping, great hangtime with moderately fast turning speed yet stable,” Dray Murray.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The Dice is a 3-strut medium aspect kite that North markets for all around performance including wakestyle, freestyle and the waves. We tested the Dice as four-line kite (it can be rigged in a five-line configuration). The Dice features North’s large diameter inflation valve that connects directly with the standard pump hose without the use of a nozzle. The inflation system’s hand operated twist valve is easy to use and makes inflating and packing up quick and easy. Testers found the Dice to have medium bar pressure, slightly heavier than the Evo, but praised its direct steering response, downwind drift and above average boost and hang time. Testers felt the Dice had less low end grunt compared to the Evo, but accelerated quicker and builds more power with sweeping style turns. Testers found the Dice to be stable with quick yet predictable steering and recommend this kite for those looking for a lively but dependable kite for freestyle and surfing in the waves.

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The Dice came with the Quad Bar which is a four-line bar featuring a push away quick release, above bar depower cleat, sliding stopper, single center line safety depower, hand operated quick release swivel and adjustable length bar ends (42, 49cm or 46, 53cm). North has done an excellent job of integrating tons of functional and innovative features while keeping the design clean and the overall weight down. Testers praised the comfortable grip and soft integrated bar floats, as well as the clean internal design for adjusting outside line lengths. The center lines were easy to untwist by hand just above the quick release and the shorter throw keeps the controls within reach and covers the full power range of the Dice for a compact and crisp bar setup.

Visit for more info on the bar: http://www.northkites.com/products/bars/quad-control/

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