Discipline: Freestyle / Freeride
The North Mono is not only a light wind specialist but is also great for freeriding offering an easy setup and jumping properties. The Mono has an outstanding low end range, with the 5m2 and 7m2 models working particularity well with surfboards and lighter breezes.
It is perfect for travelling and can perform on a twin tip, directional or foilboard. The smaller sizes are ideal for fast progression, freeriders, wave riders and foil boarders alike. The kite has amazing low-end performance, and it flies upwind with ease. The relaunch is very fast and easy; thanks to the Delta design the kite doesn’t stick to the water.
The bar pressure is light, while there is a progressive power development as you sheet in, making it very easy to ride. Handling on the Mono is very dynamic, with fast, reactive steering the kite works well in all situations, also on foil boards. While the weight of the kite has been kept to a minimum, there are plenty of reinforcements in the right places to ensure it is very robust too. If you want a great all rounder with an incredible low-end for easy freeriding duties, the Mono is it!
- Perfect for Freeride / Wave Riding
- 4 or 5 Line Concept
- Adaptive Tips
- Short and Direct depower stroke
- 1 Strut for maximum weight saving
- Smooth Power Development
- Easy, direct control bar feedback
- V-backline system with integrated relaunch bungees
- Super easy relaunch
- Comfortable, light and lively steering
- Direct and fast following steering commands, even completely depowered
- Low drag design
Sizes: 3.5m, 5m, 7m, 9m, 12m, 15m
Since North were looking for softer, less aggressive- feeling small kites, they reasoned that flatter profiles, which “pop” less when sheeted in, might be the way to go. This is exactly how it turned out.
A 7 percent reduction in profile depth at the centre of the canopy gave a softer feel, and a further reduction of about 8 percent gave an even softer feel. Interestingly, this overall 15 percent reduction in profile depth did not result in less low end power.
Most obvious is the change to a “V” attachment for the back pigtail. This has two benefits: (1) it permits a better, cleaner relaunch bungee design, and (2) it gives a more solid bar feel when the bar is pulled in for maximum
One side benefit of the new relaunch bungee design is that the back pigtail “V” and back flying lines are less likely to snag on the tip of the leading edge.
Tunable Bar Pressure:
The 2018 Mono features an adjustment in the back line bridle that permits the rider to opt for greater or lesser bar pressure. Low bar pressure reduces strain on arms and makes turn initiation easier, but gives less feedback about kite position and load condition. Higher bar pressure is a little more athletic and is often preferred by more experienced riders.