North Kiteboarding Reach 2022/23
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2022/23 NORTH REACH KITE
Lively and playful, this 3-strut allrounder has unparalleled versatility and wind range. Big jumps. Upwind performance. Effortless relaunch. For 2022 North introduced a new lighter Dacron exo-skeleton in every size and revised the arc design for a crisper, snappier response, more direct steering and more dynamic recovery. Still nimble and easy to ride, but now with a cleaner profile that’s even more stable in kite loops, the Reach is your go-to kite in all conditions. The lighter construction excels throughout the entire wind range, foil and surf, without compromising the kite’s durability. Its fast, responsive steering and efficient power delivery give rise to incredible boosts, loops and freestyle, while the short responsive bridle provides quick, exponential depower. In the three larger sizes, the Reach is a powerful lightwind kite designed with a predictable, consistent drive forward for TwinTip riding - long after everyone else has gone in.
2022 North Reach Features
Boosts and loops with a smooth reliable catch
The Reach has a smooth, consistent catch and during kite loops it doesn't hesitate to come back around.
The Reach has a slightly higher aspect ratio design for superb loft and hangtime, while its wider wing-tip and well-balanced bridle help to maintain a compact steering radius, ideal for kite-looping.
Incredible stability for foil and lightwind
Boasting predictable, consistent power delivery in every condition, the Reach has exceptional performance at the low-end, especially at slower speeds in lighter wing.
Larger sizes lightwind optimised. The 13, 15 or 17m Reach will get you up and riding with a lightwind twintip like the new Trace in the lightest breeze. The combination of lighter weight bladders, N-DURE Dacron and design elements give the kite a surprisingly light bar pressure and fast turning speed.
North recommends you select your lightwind kite size according to rider weight rather than wind range. We recommend the 13m for lighter twintip riders (under 70kg), the 15m for 70-85kg and the 17m for over 85kg.
Responsive steering and well-balanced surf-handling
Tactile handing with light bar pressure and steering impulse for a fast response and tight turning radius.
The quick responsive steering and neutral static balance help you fire up your performance in the surf, without any surprises. The Reach drifts well and doesn’t fall over, front-stall or back-stall. The 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.
Massive wind range and upwind drive
The precise draft-forward profile, in combination with optimized profile transition panels, give the Reach a very smooth and efficient profile entry and upwind drive.
For the Reach, North developed a longitudinal profile control that connects to the leading-edge seam to ensure a precise profile shape is maintained as close to the leading edge as possible, creating a smooth transition from the segmented leading edge to the curved canopy. This results in an even more aerodynamic and efficient airflow and less turbulence.
New lighter N-DURE Dacron in all sizes
Using a lighter Dacron on the leading edge and struts saves a significant amount of weight, without compromising strength or durability, and makes what is already the lightest kite in North's range even lighter.
The new N-DURE Dacron has a more balanced weave for a crisper, livelier feel. The symmetrical yarn pattern gives the material a lower bias elongation that snaps back to its original shape faster. This provides the kite with a crisper response, more direct steering and more dynamic recovery.
More durable leading-edge seam
North replaced the thread in the closing seam with a new durable higher tensile yarn that has improved fatigue and wear resistance.
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 durable higher tensile yarn that has improved fatigue and wear resistance.
New revised arc design for cleaner kiteloops
The Reach remains light and fast, but is now more stable in kite loops and has a crisper, more snappy feel.
North slightly revised the Reach arc shape to provide more even tension in the canopy at a broader range of attack angles. An evolution of the 2-stage arc found in their other kites, the new design gives the kite a cleaner profile that is more stable in kite loops.
Lightweight bladders in every size
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 wings, the faster the steering, the more lift created, and the higher you jump.
Highest quality no-pulley low drag bridle lines and direct and responsive steering
New tuning of the short responsive bridle gives the Reach quick, exponential depower, allowing you to ride it in an even wider range of conditions.
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.
Confident relaunch with swept design
Swept design helps the kite to release quickly from the water in even the lightest conditions.
The moderate leading edge diameter medium high aspect design allows more area in the centre of the kite for efficiency and provides additional buoyancy.
Precise draft-forward profile and progressive freestyle medium-high AR
A forgiving kite with pop when you need it for freestyle maneuvers.
The progressive freestyle medium high aspect ratio, combined with a powerful profile, give the Reach an explosive pop.
Good pop helps generate line slack for handle passes - simply load up, edge hard and pop off the water for easy freestyle progression.
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.
Kevlar reinforced strut system with bridle deflectors
For the most accurate and durable connection between the struts and the leading edge. Bridle deflectors on the leading edge prevent the control lines from catching on the struts.
New HyperFlow rapid inflation system cap and valve geometry
The cap and valve based geometry have been updated for more comfortable opening and closing in colder conditions (when your fingers are freezing).
Ergonomic high volume single point inflation system with large diameter hose for rapid inflation and deflation. The bayonet style main inflation valve is compatible with most pumps - no adapter required.
Recycled PET Kite Bag with Foil Assist
Go Green. 33 recycled plastic bottles go into the production of every single North kite bag.
The recycled PET fabric meets the Global Recycling Standard. The Reach Kite Bag features Foil Assist, a comfortable STPU padded area with groove designed especially for carrying a foil mast over your shoulder.