2024 North Pulse Kite
FREESTYLE / WAKESTYLE
The explosive pop, powerful fast turns and responsive steering of North's high-performance freestyle 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. The 2024 Pulse has increased performance and lift, drive through the kite loop, better recovery and improved slack line and pop. North reduced the amount of Dacron reinforcement material and introduced lighter weight bladders in all sizes for a lighter, faster-flying kite. The Pulse is the ultimate in performance freestyle, with impressive freeride capabilities for super-high boosts and kite-loops.
- Smoother canopy
- Lighter construction
- Upright low-sweep design
- Enhanced impulse slack
- Dynamic edge response
- Boosts and loops with ease
- N-HTRS High Performance high tenacity ripstop canopy
- Lightweight bladders
- DuraLite seam protection
- Highest quality Dacron airframe
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 center 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 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 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
A combination of higher aspect ratio, smaller diameter leading edge and aerodynamic, leaner profile entry enables the Pulse to fly forward quickly after an explosive pop or when checking a rail edge.
It also makes the Pulse very efficient and manageable, especially in extreme overpowered conditions.
Durable, higher tensile leading edge seams
There is a large amount of force on the closing seam of the leading edge due to inflation pressure and steering movement.
North replaced the thread in the closing seam with a new lightweight thread that features a higher breaking strength and better shock-absorbing qualities. Similar to the lines on a parachute, which undergo a high amount of movement and elongation, the new thread has improved fatigue, impact and wear resistance.
Lightweight bladders now in all sizes
Bladders make up a bigger weight percentage than any other material used in a kite.
The lighter the kite, the more efficiently it flies, the greater the performance in lighter winds, the faster the steering, the more lift created and the higher you jump.
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 strut and leading edge seams.
Ergonomic HyperFlow rapid inflation
New ergonomic high volume single point inflation system with large diameter hose for rapid inflation and deflation.
The cap and valve base geometry have been updated for more comfortable opening and closing in colder conditions (when your fingers are freezing). The bayonet style main inflation valve is compatible with most pumps - no adapter required.
Lightweight 2-ply canopy reinforcement material
North reduced the amount of heavy duty canopy reinforcement in the Pulse. The Trailing Edge is a 2-ply canopy material.
The lighter reinforcement material saves weight without affecting durability, strength or elongation control, and makes 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.
Aerodynamic profile transition panels
The extra panels that connect to the leading-edge seam are now a single ply of canopy material for a less complicated, smoother profile entry.
This material helps to reduce the overall weight of the kite, and 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.
High Performance N-HTRS canopy
All North kites are manufactured using North High Tenacity Ripstop (N-HTRS) polyester yarn canopy material for lightness, high tear strength, zero porosity and longevity.
Durable highest-quality Dacron inflated structures
All of the inflated structures and the wingtips in the Pulse are constructed from the highest quality industry-proven Dacron for the best strength to weight ratio in a heavy-duty application.
For 2024 North reduced all non-essential dacron panel reinforcements to save weight. North maintained stiffness and reduced the flutter in the trailing edge, while ensuring longevity and durability for protection against chafing when self-launching.
No-pulley, low drag bridle lines
North's 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.
Fast in flight
The refined 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 than a wider span kite such as the Orbit.
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 from catching on the struts.
Personalized 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.