2021 NORTH PULSE KITEBOARDING KITE
FREESTYLE / WAKESTYLE
The explosive pop, powerful fast turns and responsive steering of North's high-performance Hybrid-C kite will set your heart pumping. The Pulse comes alive in unhooked Freestyle, and makes landing even the most technical tricks instinctive. Its upright, low sweep design ensures the twist introduced by the steering impulse goes much deeper into the centre of the kite, so it turns throughout the entire canopy and the power delivery is constant through the entire loop. The leaner profile entry and slightly higher aspect ratio of the Pulse makes it efficient and smooth-handling, especially in extreme overpowered conditions. It's the ultimate in performance freestyle, with impressive freeride capabilities for super-high boosts and loops. For 2021 North has replaced the heavier dacron reinforcements with a new lighter weight canopy reinforcement material, creating a more durable, faster-flying kite with increased performance and lift. More drive through the kite loop. Better recovery. Improved slack line and pop. They’ve also introduced new highest quality low-elongation bridle lines for lower drag, more accuracy and a more direct feeling.
2021 Pulse Highlights
- Fast responsive steering with FlexPulse structure
- Bridled Hybrid-C design
- Dynamic edge response
Where the Pulse Thrives
Flats, slicks, sandbars and kickers
Key Features of the North Pulse
Fast responsive steering with FlexPulse structure
The low sweep hybrid-C arc shape gives the kite a more powered turn through the entire wing. Its upright design ensures the twist from the steering lines runs deeper into the centre of the canopy.
Bridled Hybrid-C design
The ultimate unhooked performer with balanced line slack for handle passes and unhooking – the Hybrid-C design produces a kite that’s not only efficient, but still has many of the attributes and behaviours of a C-kite.
Dynamic edge response
The dynamic edge response enables the kite to fly forward quickly after an explosive pop or when checking a rail edge, for good slack and unmatched freestyle progression. A combination of a higher aspect ratio, smaller leading edge diameter and faster flying aerodynamic profiles.
New lightweight canopy reinforcement material
2021 Pulse Technology
PERSONALISED PERFORMANCE TUNING OPTIONS
Bar pressure and steering impulse can be adjusted on the wing tip, allowing you to fine tune the kite's characteristics to your personal preference.
PREMIUM TEIJIN D2 TECHNO FORCE CANOPY
D2 Ripstop Fabric by Teijin. Premium high-density canopy material made in Japan, using high tenacity polyester yarn for lightness, high tearing strength and endurance. Teijin Techno Force has the highest strength to weight ratio and longest durability in the industry.
2-STAGE ARC DESIGN
The 2-stage arc design enables a smooth curved efficient central region of the kite to produce power, with straighter wing tips for a more dynamic steering response. A narrower span kite such as the Pulse is fast in flight, with less power overall.
DURALITE SEAM PROTECTION
Lightweight reinforcement to protect from chafing and abrasion along the struts to the leading edge. Thin foam padding is inserted underneath to form a lightweight durable buffer which lifts the kite slightly off rough surfaces, and protects the stitching along the struts and leading edge seams.
KEVLAR REINFORCED STRUT SYSTEM WITH BRIDLE DEFLECTORS
For the most accurate and durable connection between the strut and the leading edge. Bridle deflectors on the leading edge prevent the control lines catching on the struts.
HYPERFLOW RAPID SINGLE-POINT INFLATION
High volume single point inflation system with larger diameter hose for rapid inflation and deflation. Bayonet style main inflation valve compatible with most pumps. No adapter needed.
NEW LIGHTWEIGHT CANOPY REINFORCEMENT MATERIAL
The durable frame around the perimeter of the kite is made from a lighter reinforcement material, which saves weight while adding durability, strength and elongation control, protecting the lighter inner main canopy body and making the kite more responsive in the steering and depower. The result is a durable kite that can hold its profile for increased performance and lift, but is also dynamic, flexible and can twist to turn.
NEW AERODYNAMIC PROFILE TRANSITION PANELS
The new canopy reinforcement material is used in the extra panels that connect to the leading edge seam, changing the profiles and behaviour of the kite. The new material stretches more uniformly together with the leading edge when it’s inflated, creating a smoother transition, more profile efficiency, better handling and a more balanced feeling. The panels reduce inconsistencies in the profile for more aerodynamic airflow and less turbulence.
NEW NO-PULLEY, LOW DRAG BRIDLE LINES
Our highest-quality, low-profile, pre-stretched bridle lines are pre-loaded and measured before cutting to improve accuracy and consistency. This results in reduced shrinkage, reduced elongation and improved longevity. Removing ALL pulleys from the bridle improves safety and gives the kite direct and precise handling. The end result is lower drag, more accuracy and a more direct feeling.
HIGHER ASPECT RATIO WITH LEANER PROFILE ENTRY
The leaner profile entry and slightly higher aspect ratio of the Pulse makes it very efficient and manageable, especially in extreme overpowered conditions.
FAST RESPONSIVE STEERING WITH FLEXPULSE STRUCTURE
The low sweep hybrid-C arc shape gives the kite a more powered turn through the entire wing. Its upright design ensures the twist from the steering lines runs deeper into the centre of the canopy. As a result the power produced through the turn is constant through the entire loop, rather than just pivoting off the tip and then having a dead spot in the loop. The added energy and efficiency produced through the entire loop means the kite can come around quickly to catch you, and lofts nicely for a good landing.
BRIDLED HYBRID-C DESIGN
The ultimate unhooked performer with balanced line slack for handle passes and unhooking – the Hybrid-C design blends the best of both worlds. In today’s world a pure C-kite is not as efficient as what most people are used to riding, so combining the attributes of a C-kite and a less upright, wider 2-stage arc kite together gives you a kite that’s not only efficient, but still has many of the attributes and behaviours of a C-kite.
DYNAMIC EDGE RESPONSE
The dynamic edge response enables the kite to fly forward quickly after an explosive pop or when checking a rail edge, for good slack and unmatched freestyle progression. The dynamic edge response is achieved by a combination of a higher aspect ratio, smaller leading edge diameter and faster flying aerodynamic profiles.