Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 12m
The DICE is a versatile kite for riders who love to throw down freestyle tricks but also like to party in the waves. With an increased radius profile, a slight delta shape and a redesigned, slightly thicker leading edge, the DICE is a progressive freestyle kite capable of incredible pop and great slack for performing tricks. The smaller sizes below 10m increased the structural stiffness, avoiding any twisting and can handle any wind speeds – perfect for breaking height records and extreme loops. The wing tip area was updated last year to allow for a more dynamic turn and improved handling. This will enable you to achieve bigger jumps and gain more control during loops; it also makes the DICE very effective in the waves. With highly responsive steering the kite feels right at home in cross-onshore conditions where you need to follow the kite down the line. Excellent drifting capabilities mean it is also at home in cross-offshore conditions too. It can be flown as a 4-line or 5-line set up depending on your style or preference, and there are tuning options to tweak the handling too. The hard setting now has a 20mm longer pigtail, making it the perfect set up for Freestyle/Wakestyle moves, offering massive slack. Delivering outstanding pop and release for incredible freestyle performance and dynamic handling for wave riding prowess, roll the DICE and you’ll get a winning combination.
Visit for more info: www.duotonesports.com/kiteboarding/kites/dice
Our Testers Say:
“The Dice feels like the Porsche of the Duotone lineup: super responsive with excellent bar feedback, clean power delivery, and aggressive jumping ability. Good drift, snappy load and pop and excellent upwind ability.” // Joe Chehock
“Super clean and stable kite, reacts well to steering and offers lots of range through power and depower. Steering is quick and responsive, excellent jumping and good turning speed even in the larger sized kites.” // Chris Myles
“The Dice has that C-kite style feel with stable and solid flying that generates solid pull through the turns and gives you instant confidence.” // Marko Bartscherer
This is the first year that the Dice is marketed under the Duotone brand and continues to be the kite that straddles the divide between a load and slack freestyle session and surf/freeride cruising. The Dice is Duotone’s freeride kite with hints of Vegas freestyle performance and the surf steering dynamics of the Neo. When it comes to inflation, Duotone’s large diameter inflation valve dubbed the ‘Airport Valve II’ connects directly with Duotone’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. We flew the Dice with its stock 4-line configuration, featuring a single setting front bridle with a single pulley and wingtips with three settings that allow you to choose between soft, medium and hard bar feedback. Like the Evo and Rebel, the Dice is designed to fly with Duotone’s 4-line bar, but a 5-line conversion package can be bought for those that want the 5th line experience. The Dice comes with front bridle attachment points that end in knots and wingtip pigtails that end in loops. We flew it on the medium setting and found that the Dice has a nice middle of the road medium bar pressure, a little bit more than the Evo and roughly equal to the Neo. The Dice’s steering path feels a little bit more pivot style than the Evo and the Dice feels like it wants to fly a little bit deeper in the window. When it comes to power delivery the Dice feels a bit more like a traditional freestyle kite. When you load up the kite it creates power and then you can feel a bit of a release mid-trick. When it comes to surf the steering on this kite is quick enough to keep the kite in active flying onshore conditions. The Dice is a confidence inspiring kite that will drift with you while carving yet doesn’t offer as much downwind drift as say the Neo. When it comes to jumps, the Dice’s intuitive steering delivers some good boost when flown aggressively. The Dice doesn’t deliver the same explosive boost you get from the Evo or the Rebel, but it’s drift and mid-window flying makes it arguably more suited for riders crossing from freestyle into the surf. When it comes to waves and freestyle, you don’t really want a kite with intense amounts of lift, rather you want a steady pulling kite that’s predictable and agile. When it comes to relaunch, the Dice is reliable but not quite as quick to relaunch as the Evo, Neo or the Rebel. That said, the Dice does pivot fairly easily onto a wingtip when nose down in the water, and taxis to the edge for a reliable relaunch without much skill. To some it may be more challenging to discern the differences between the Evo and Dice, as these kites tend to have a large area of overlap and the differences largely have to do with feel and small performance differences. Overall, the Dice is one of Duotone’s great all around freeride kites that blends the qualities of an unsent freestyle kite with qualities you find in a surf design. The Dice is great for the freestyle rider that still hits the waves and a general freerider that is willing to fly a more aggressive kite with stronger feedback to cover the entire spectrum of big air, handlepasses and surf.
The Dice can be flown with either the Click bar or the Trust bar, descriptions of both bar options below.
The Click bar is back for its third year although branded under the new Duotone label with a few changes like an updated color scheme that visually sets off one side of the bar along with the introduction of a smaller bar version. The Click bar now comes with either the smaller fixed length 42cm wide bar with 20-22m lines or the original 49cm length with 22m or 24m lines. The Click bar features a single center-line safety depower system, and an adjustable attachment point that allows you to swap back and forth between a high and low-V (it’s worth noting that you don’t have to re-thread the entire length of a line through a ring to accomplish the change). The outside lines end in knots and the center lines end in loops. The Click bar features a molded plastic throw line that untwists itself after you spin, a sliding stopper and Duotone’s proven push away quick release. The quick release when opened horizontally, locks into an open position, holding the gate open. Reassembly still requires two hands: one hand holds the loop in position and pushes on the catch button while the other hand raises the quick release handle so the catch can move back into its closed position and then the handle is released.
The Click bar settles the debate between above or below the bar tuning by placing it exactly at your fingertips. The twisting motion for powering 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 from the systems we have come to know, seamless controls like this are the future of the sport. The ratchet knob built into the bar end is easy to grab a hold of and easy to rotate while kiting and easy to tune on the fly. The Click bar also integrates a visual indicator that reveals the position the bar is set to – this is actually a very nice feature. Compared to other systems, the mechanics of Duotone’s Click bar is entirely closed, which means you won’t be washing it out. The Click bar features retractable bar bungees, soft bar ends and integrated floats with a fairly dense EVA grip that feels asymmetrical in your palm with subtle raised bumps between fingers, and a very comfortable stamp pattern the entire length of the bar.
The Trust bar also received a color way upgrade to the new Duotone colors for this year. The big change last year was making the Trust bar a standard 4-line bar with an optional 5th line aftermarket upgrade package (yes, it looks as if the 5-line freeride kites are going the way of the dinosaurs). 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 length. 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. Duotone feels line length is an important tunable feature to match with your kite and style of riding. Our kites came with the 4-line base version with the single center-line safety depower that runs up to one of the bridles. The center lines are knotted for rigging purposes and the outside lines end in loops. 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 four different chicken loop options (Wakestyle, Freestyle, Freeride and Rope Harness). The Rope Harness Kit 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 smaller than the standard-length chicken loop for regular freeriders who won’t be unhooking. Then there’s the Freestyle loop that is the standard length most kites are offered with and finally a Wakestyle kit which features an extra-large loop for those that are unhooking on a regular basis. We tested the bar with the Freestyle loop, but we think the Freeride loop is an excellent idea for those kiters that won’t be riding unhooked. 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. In addition to adjusting the length of the bar, you can adjustable the length of the outside lines by pulling the bar ends apart and choosing from three color coded knots for length options (green/blue/red). The bar grip is fairly plush EVA with middle of the road texture which makes the Trust a very comfy bar and continues to be a bar that gets rave reviews during our test week.
Visit for more info on the bar: www.duotonesports.com/kiteboarding/bars
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