Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9, 12m

North Says:

The Rebel is the benchmark of a high performance freeride and big air kite impressing everyone from entry level to expert. Its all-time classic characteristics will deliver maximum performance already at minimum steering inputs with super precise bar feedback. The loaded 5th line delivers a short bar stroke for sheet and go power and superior direct bar feel even in overpowered and gusty conditions. The new design update of additional segments through the center of the kite ensures rounder turning, enhanced wind range, as well as even more lift and hangtime. Get ready to go big and free your ride with the new 2017 Rebel.

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Our Testers Say:

“Light bar pressure, spins on a dime and is very forgiving.” // Tiberiu Anghel.

“The Rebel ripped upwind, launched high and gave me time to enjoy the view before bringing me down for a clean, knee-friendly landing.” // Brent Borodic.

“This responsive kite provides a steady pull and floats you over La Ventana’s chop and waves.” // Rhonda Weiss.

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TKB Says:

The 2017 Rebel is back for another year with its popular five-strut loaded 5th line concept and higher aspect canopy that is marketed for the kiter that loves boosting big hooked-in freestyle and seeks agile performance in light wind. North’s large diameter inflation valve connects directly with its pump hose without the use of a nozzle and the inflation system’s twist valve rotates with the insertion and removal of the hose making inflating and packing up quick and easy. The 5th line has a single setting while the wingtip bridle, named the “adaptive tip” by North, has two settings, hard and soft. For 2017 there were some minor construction changes like the addition of segments for a rounder, smoother leading edge and increased performance, as well as an upgrade to faster steering initiation and even power generation through its turns. Testers gave the Rebel high marks for its quick turns, even power, and solid boosting. We often compare the five-line Rebel to the Evo, it’s four line counterpart, which has a very different design but is equally adept at hooked-in freestyle. The Rebel has a wider turning arc compared to the Evo, and while they seem to have the same turning response, the Rebel seems to offer more explosive boost. The sheeting throw on the Rebel tends to be shorter because of the loaded 5th line design and the power feels more progressive when pulling in the kite. Testers commented on the Rebel’s comfortable and balanced bar pressure and recommended this kite specifically for the freeride kiter that is focused on scoring big air.TKB-FREERIDE-2017-NORTH-BAR-REBEL The Rebel comes with the 5th Element Trust bar which is a dual adjustable length bar (42/49cm and 46/53cm) that comes with four line length options: 19m and 22m lines on the 42/49cm bar and 24m and 27m lines on the 46/53cm bar. This bar features 5th line safety depower, spectra sheeting/throw line with a sliding stopper, high V, above the bar cam cleat that can be adjusted to accommodate longer throw length without disturbing the kite’s tuning, as well as a Velcro tuning handle which keeps tuning slack out of the way when in under powered conditions. The push away quick release features a plastic molded loop and finger lock, as well as a below the bar hand swivel which doubles as a quick release travel guard. The integrated floats and bar ends are padded and provide sufficient space for easy winding and allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. When the quick release is triggered on the 5th Element bar, the kite is instantly flagged out on the 5th line which attaches to the center of the leading edge. This system offers the best safety kill from the moment you pull the quick release, but five lines require kiters to separate out an additional line in the rigging process. Like the North Quad Control bars, the fit and finish of the Rebel’s bar is a favorite of Tkb staff and earned high praise for its slick combination of comfort and functional performance-oriented features in a lightweight and durable design.

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This page was updated July 16, 2019.