At North, they are magnetically drawn to – and set free by – the elements. Air. Water. Earth. Fire. Mother Nature will not be contained, and nor should you. They’ve designed their 2022 Freeride Collection to help you find your centre of gravity. Lighter, more playful, and even easier to ride – this is North Freeride. New materials, angles, and measurements reflect North’s core philosophy of ERI (Engineered, Refined, Intuitive). They’ve tweaked and refined wherever they can to keep improving performance.
NEW REACH Performance Freeride Kite
Your desert island kite just got lighter
“Since its release two years ago, the Reach has been a phenomenal kite, incredibly well-received by the market. We believe it’s the best all-round kite ever made. Our customers are constantly raving about the performance, so we didn’t think we could make it better. But we have.” – Brand Director Mike Raper.
The 2022 Reach has a crisper, livelier feel: North has introduced a new lighter Dacron exoskeleton in every size and revised the arc design for a snappier response, more direct steering and more dynamic recovery. The new design remains light and responsive but flies more smoothly and cleanly through a wider range of attack angles. It boosts, loops, surfs, and foils – and performs on all levels, from novice to seasoned pro.
NEW PRIME Freeride Twintip
Your ticket to ride
Don’t underestimate the performance of the Prime. Affordable with outstanding performance, the team at North would say it’s the single best all-round freeride board on the market. A test-winner, the Prime carves beautifully, and you won’t outgrow it quickly. The new high visibility color is ideal for riders to retrieve their board easily. A chop-killer, the Prime’s rounded outline and narrow tips allow you to edge and track upwind with ease. The single concave at the bottom provides a controlled, even flex, stiffer between the feet with forgiving tips for a splash-free ride and softer landings. Previously they increased the stance width with each board size, but for 2022 they’ve improved the design, giving all the bigger boards the same stance width as the 138.
ASTRA Freeride / Big Air TwinTip
“The Astra surprised us,” says Mike. “I think we underestimated the demand for a board that appeals to so many lighter-weight riders.”
The Astra Hybrid Basalt crosses over between Performance Freeride and Big Air. It has the same DNA as the Atmos but a slightly more forgiving flex and narrower stance.
TRACE Freeride / Lightwind Twintip
First out, last in
Since its launch in September 2021, the Trace is proving to be a winner for freeride and freestyle in lightwind conditions. Available in two different sizes to cover a range of rider weights. The Trace is the ideal board to pair with the 13,15, or 17m Lightwind-Optimized Reach sizes – as Marc Jacobs says: “using the Trace is like adding 5knots of wind to your session”.
FLEX Twintip Bindings
Strap in for the ride of your life
Precisely engineered with finer GripFlex underfoot and a steeper toe bar for more hold during high rotation tricks. For 2022, North refined the Flex Bindings to provide an even more secure comfort-fit with increased lateral support. The blue accents on the Flex bindings ties in graphically with the ABS rails on their new freeride and freestyle twintips, bringing a strong visual cohesiveness to the range.
NAVIGATOR Control System
Think less feel more
The award-winning Navigator Control System has undergone over 20 small refinements for 2022, continuing the simplest, cleanest, less-is-more philosophy constantly strived for at North. The Navigator has a unique Toolless InterLoop System: with just one bar and a choice of five loops you can switch disciplines in moments – no tools required. For 2022, North introduced a new Standard Freestyle Loop with finger, so you have the option of using the loop for both freeride and unhooked riding. For freestyle junkies, North offers an extra-long loop with no security finger. Both the Freestyle Loops (sold separately to the Navigator) come complete with a Freestyle Leash Ring, allowing you to hook back in quickly without the leash getting in the way.
Across the range…
North has upgraded the HyperFlow Inflation valve geometry across all of their kites, which makes gripping the valve lid and base much easier in colder conditions – especially when your fingers are numb or you’re wearing gloves. The HyperFlow system is suitable for any pump with a standard bayonet hose connection.
New Premium 300D Go Green Kite Bags – meeting EU standards for recycled fabrics. The industry-leading recycled material bag also features corrosion-proof heavy-duty plastic zippers with custom zipper pull tabs. There’s room for your pump on one side of the bag and your control system in the mesh pocket on the other side.
Learn more about North’s new collection here: https://northkb.com/