The launch of the Dice last year saw magazines and riders alike appreciating its playful nature. The low end of the kite has been improved this year; by opening up the profile the kite now generates more power in lighter winds. This open profile has also added more stability at the top end of the kite’s range too. It’s still great in the waves with the impressive drifting capabilities, but it is perfect for freeriding and freestyle as well. To ensure it excites the freestylers and freeriders out there North have made the kite more aggressive for improved lift and jumping characteristics. The handling and manoeuvrability are still there and the 2015 Dice is exceedingly precise and responds to rider input, immediately offering an unrivalled feel at the bar. There is no need to take a gamble on the Dice; it’s quite simply one of the best kites on the market right now, perfect however you like to ride!
TEST TEAM NOTES:
North have been doing their thing for so long now that you can almost predict what you’re going to get in terms of quality, looks and feel. Their quality and attention to detail is very good indeed and year on year is a sensible and worthwhile step on from the year before. Their bar, as far as we’re concerned, is the absolutely business in terms of feel, quality, accessories, functionality, ease-of-use, safety and features and yet is one of the cleanest and lightest on the market. The kite is very well made, strongly reinforced and remains at the pinnacle point in terms of materials and obvious factory processes. In terms of the look of the gear it’s also quite predictable – it’s not cutting edge in that respect, but it’s always real quality.
The Dice is for the progressive freerider and allows a good rider to do whatever they want. It may not specialise in unhooking, or jumping, or super powered kite loops, but it delivers all-round feelings of fun at a consistent level that good riders will enjoy without feeling frustrated in any one style. No issues, it does the job and with an incredible balance and feel without dumbing everything down. If we had to describe our session on the Dice in one word, it would be: ‘energised’.
Phenomenal balance, feel, speed and power with just enough directness to give you plenty of feedback and involvement without being tiring at all. If you’re the kind of rider that enjoys everything that kitesurfing has to offer, this is a real weapon.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
The Dice doesn’t have oodles of sheeting power at the bar and the huge boost that some people want. You still need some skills and efficiency in moving a kite around to really enjoy this and get the most from it.
DICE BALANCE POINTS:
Build quality: 9
Full package: 9
Low end: 7
Top end: 8.5
Steering speed: 7.5
Turning circle: 6
Bar pressure: 5
Water relaunch: 8
More on the 2015 North Dice kite and more at: www.northkites.com
Here’s the official North Dice 2015 product video: