Nobile NHP Split 138 2016

Nobile NHP Split Kiteworld Magazine tests Issue #79

TEST TEAM NOTES

We’re seeing more and more twin-tip split boards on the market each year, signalling there has been a growth in sales. Nobile were one of the first brands to develop the idea and have a dedicated range of twin-tips and surfboards – offering excellent convenience and an opportunity to save on baggage fees if you travel. The key question, however, is whether the board can hold up to the punishment of regular use and still perform as well as a normal board?

Nobile NHP Split Kiteworld Magazine tests Issue #79

At first glance, the NHP Split certainly looks different, not only because of the split technology, but because of its asymmetrical shape, featuring a longer heel edge rail than toe rail as well as the pronounced rocker line and some very eye catching graphics (the Torres and Banks Islands north of Australia – if you’re interested?).

You don’t need any tools whatsoever to set this board up! The board set-up is really straight forward and the ‘W connection’ is very robust in its simplicity. Like the fins, the pads and strap also don’t require a screwdriver for assembly, so this really is great for travelling light. One thing to note is that while all the systems work well, when it comes to moving the bolts that hold the board together, when you’re trying to collapse the board it’s difficult with cold, numb hands, so you’re better waiting till you’ve dried off.

The staps and pads are comfortable, offering extensive choice on stance angles and the straps themselves have two ‘buckles’ (for want of a better word) which can be tightened down nicely for an individual fit across the bridge of your foot, leaving you feeling very secure. The pads are comfortable without being overly spongy.

Nobile NHP Split Kiteworld Magazine tests Issue #79

The asymmetric shape is something you may not be used to. The idea is that you can have maximum rail edge in the water and also enjoy a softer, shorter toe-side edge for carving and easier toe-side handling. The longer heel-side rail is fairly stiff and sees the NHP rocket upwind – noticeably more so than other riders out on the same size kites and different boards. Although it doesn’t feel very rapid through the water, thanks to the generous rocker there is plenty of grip and the speed is just right for intermediates to progress and there are no nasty surprises. For basic load and pop jumps there’s more than enough performance here and even when you heavily load it you can’t feel any give through the W connection; it’s solid. The tip sections flex well, which feels good for your knees while there’s more stiffness in the centre to maintain get up and go, which we enjoyed. Perhaps a bit flatter rocker in the middle or in combination with a bit more concave, then the board would become more appropriate for advanced riders looking to be able to step up in performance. Having said that it’s the predictable nature that the NHP really delivers on, the landings are sound and the NHP does exactly what it’s asked to do.

SUMMARY

In terms of performance, all testers agree that really good intermediate to advanced riders would be looking for a bit more performance. Within 15 minutes we had adjusted to it though and could still do anything we wanted on this board. For anyone in their first couple of kiteboarding years, or perhaps who kites infrequently and is looking for convenience, then this legitimately ticks a lot of boxes.

KW LIKED

A really good level of manufacturing in a board style that certain groups of riders with specific requirements will be drawn to – and they won’t be let down. The very neat sliding bolt connection is easy and the board comes with a very neat carry bag, too.

KW WOULD CHANGE

Advanced riders would want more speed on tap for higher performance.

SIZES

138 x 43, 134 x 41 and 130 x 39cm

More information at www.nobilekiteboarding.com

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