North Orbit focus: North Kiteboarding designer Pat Goodman describes the details of design that make the North Orbit 2021 model such a good performance freeride, boosting and kite looping kite. You can also read our own full review of the Orbit 2021 10m kite, published in Kiteworld issue #107 here now for free!
KITEWORLD NORTH ORBIT KITE REVIEW: 10 & 8M
EXTRACT: INSANE TOP END:
The crowning glory is the Orbit V2’s top end performance and immense high wind control without changing character in the strongest of winds. Bully’s had an 8 and a 10m since the start of autumn and still not had to break out the 8, comfortably riding the 10 on full power in 35 knots. It’s so incredibly smooth in strong wind…
The North Orbit V2 may share DNA with the best five strut hangtime kites on the market, but it delivers a uniquely unphysical flying experience, combining the nimble handling of a three strut for a range of kite looping arcs with very easy but rewarding jumps and hangtime. You’ll appreciate the extra time in the air and soft landings. This kite has made us rethink what a five strut can be in 2021.
READ THE FULL KITEWORLD TEST REPORT
Our full Orbit V2 test was first published in Kiteworld issue #107 in November 2020. Tested in light and strong winds, you’ll also find details on the new North Navigator V2 control bar, designed by Hugh Pinfold. Read the North Orbit kite review here!
This review also appeared in our special Winter issue – one of two bi-annual print editions that we produce. Find more about those issues in the Kiteworld shop, here.
ORBIT V1 REVIEW
Read our first review of the North Orbit V1 and Navigator control bar, first published in issue #101, September 2019, here.