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


If you love freestyle, but also like to play in the waves from time to time, the Dice is the kite you need in your quiver. For 2018 there have been some major updates; the goal was to create a modern kite with a slight delta shape to make it a progressive freestyle kite for advanced riders. An extra panel was added between the centre and quarter strut; this increases the radius profile of the kite. Also, the leading edge diameters were completely reworked to increase the structural stiffness in the wingtip area.

These changes have improved the dynamic handling that the Dice has always been famous for and impresses even the most progressive freestyle rider. The steering is now even more responsive, allowing you to boost bigger jumps and control your loops with ease. Pop created by the kite is explosive, and there is a good amount of slack for unhooked tricks too. The DICE is the only kite to combine outstanding pop and release for freestyle with dynamic handling for waves, pleasing the kite crowd who wants it all.

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Our Testers Say:

“Super nimble, quick turning and peppy, with excellent boost.” // Tom Turley

“Very stable and predictable, medium bar pressure, quick loops, but jumps not quite as lofty as the Evo.” // Justin Lord

“Powerful quick turns and darty down loops, great bar design, lofty jumps, charges upwind and fairly easy to relaunch.” // Chris Myles

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TKB Says:

The Dice has undergone some changes for this year. Our first impression was that the leading edge and canopy shape features a bit more delta, the shape you might identify with the Evo. The Dice continues to be North’s Freestyle/Wave crossover kite, with added focus given to the performance freeride side (read big air) in addition to its history of unhooked C-style leanings of years past. When it comes to inflation, North’s large diameter inflation valve dubbed the ‘Airport Valve II’ connects directly with North’s pump hose without the use of a nozzle and the inflation system’s twist valve rotates with the insertion of the hose to keep air in the system. Deflation happens through both the inflation valve and a dump valve on one side of the kite, making both inflation and deflation quick and easy. Our Dice came rigged with a 5th line but can also be flown in a 4-line setup. The Dice features medium bar pressure, a hair more than the Evo. While the steering arc may be a bit wider and less pivot-like compared to the Evo, the turning arc seemed tighter than in the past. The Dice also seemed to sit a little farther back in the window. While it probably stands out for its load, pop and slack freestyle compared to the Evo, it still got solid reviews for lift and hangtime. This year’s model is rumored to have more power in each size with faster turning across the board. Most testers commented on the kite’s good power and low end as well as the its quick and responsive turning. When it comes to relaunch, the Dice popped up every time with line tension on one side of the bar but it wasn’t quite as quick or automatic as the other kites in the lineup. In the end, you should ride the Evo and the Neo, but the Dice will will continue to be the best option for those that want an actively flown kite in the waves and prefer a more C-style turning arc and unhooked handling for their freestyle.

The Dice came with North’s Trust bar. This year the Trust bar is essentially the same except that if you are looking for a 5-line bar, instead of buying the dedicated 5-line bar, now you simply purchase the regular 4-line Trust with the 5th line optional kit. Essentially, you can switch back and forth between 4 and 5-lines from the same base bar purchase. The Trust bar is a dual adjustable length bar that comes in two options, 42/49cm and a 46/53cm lengths. On the smaller bar you can choose between 19 or 22m lines and on the longer bar you can choose between 24 and 27m lines. North feels line length is an important tunable feature to match with your kite and style of riding. Our Dice came with the 5-line option installed which features a single safety depower that attaches to the 5th line extension coming from the center of the leading edge. The center lines are knotted for rigging purposes. The adjustable length spectra throw line features a tuning cleat with a magnet on the depower strap to keep it in place. The Trust has a push away quick release with a below the bar hand swivel that also functions as a quick release travel guard. At the time of purchase you can select from three different chicken loop options. The first is the Rope Harness Kit which is a super short loop with a metal center for rope traveler based harnesses. The second and probably most common is the Freeride Kit which is the standard length chicken loop for regular freeride, and finally a Freestyle Kit which features an extra large loop for those that are unhooking on a regular basis. The Trust features a spectra trim/throw line, a sliding stopper for long tacks and a firm molded chicken finger to prevent accidental unhooking. The padded bar ends are tunable and offer integrated floats and retractable bar bungees for a clean wrap up. The bar grip is fairly plush eva with a smooth sticky texture that is ergonomically tapered which makes the Trust a very comfy bar and continues to be a bar that gets rave reviews during our test week.

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North also offers the Click bar which is back for its second year with a few changes like an updated color scheme that visually sets off one side of the bar, more plush bar ends, changes to the quick release and a new V-distributor for increased durability. That said, we didn’t get one of those bars to test with our North kites so we rode last year’s Click bar which means the only thing that is different for this year is that we now have tested other designs that have come to market and have a bit more perspective on the concept of adjusting the kite’s power tuning mechanically through the outside lines. The Click Bar comes in a single 49cm length with 22m or 24m line lengths and features a single center-line safety depower system, medium-height V, a durable plastic throw line that untwists itself after you spin, a sliding stopper and North’s proven push away quick release. The bar features retractable bar bungees, soft bar ends and integrated floats. The Click Bar settles the debate between above or below the bar tuning by placing it exactly at your fingertips. The twisting motion for power up takes a little bit of focus while riding and the button for depower is easily accessed at all times. While it’s a big shift to the systems we have come to know, seamless controls like this are the future of the sport. While some power down systems require the twisting of a knob, the ratchet knob built into the bar ends is easy to grab a hold of, easy to rotate while kiting and easy to tune on the fly. Compared to other systems, the mechanics of North’s Click bar is entirely closed, which means you won’t be washing it out. The upside of testing last year’s bar is that we were able to put a used bar through the test and the system worked as crisp as if it were just taken out of the package.

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This page was updated on July 16, 2019. 

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