On the beach
Brand: North Kites
Model: Rhino 2
Real Surface: 14.0 meters
Projected Surface: NC
Aspect Ratio: NC
Design/Finish: Excellent finish with attractive details and reinforcements, in line with the workmanship of last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rhino model. The control tips are reinforced with unbreakable battens. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦. Top quality, low stretch, strong yet light cloth is used. The details have not been forgotten, for example; the two deflation valves on the leading edge, the two sets of kite line attachment points on the control tip that allow for different performance riggings. A hint of Naish, in fact, the overall feel is very similar to that of the Naish X2Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Specifications: It is a kite for Hanging. The evolution of the first Rhino with regard to the great lift and elevation; it preserves the good attributes of the easy, stable, all-rounder Rhino1, whilst adding incredible lift.
On the water
Power: It is difficult to judge as we tested the Rhino 2 in light wind, but it accelerates with the slightest gust. With a light wind condition board weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve managed to ride at around 10 knots. It seems capable of maintaining power as it continues to progress even in the slacks, but without pulling on the arms.
Stability: Very stable in very light wind, extremely stable in gusts! WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll still have to see during jumps but are not expecting any surprises.
Control/General Comfort: We found it rather slow in very light wind, but it reacts quickly in the slightest gust of wind. It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pull on the arms when it accelerates.
Wind Force: We used it between 8 and 14 knots and apparently it can do with a lot more!
Luc, 28, 80 Kg: "Slow in slack wind. It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pull on oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arms."
Caro, 33, 62 Kg: "Slow, but it accelerates well in the wind. Good finish. Still to be tested in a wind range above its evolution speed Ã¢â‚¬â€œ its stability, its lift."
Cedric, 21, 78 Kg: "It seems to accelerate fast Ã¢â‚¬â€œ makes one keen to try in good wind!"
Damien, 24, 70 Kg: "Good speed and acceleration, stable, well finishedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦"
Wind Force: 8 to 14 knots in gusts.
Boards used: North Robo TT 140, TT Bic 142 Airflow.
TestersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Weight: 62 to 88 Kg, experts.
Kites normally used by the testers: Naish X2 12.0 and 16.0, Wipika AirBlast 8.4, Takoon Skoop 8.5 and 11.5.
For more information on North Kites: http://www.northkites.com.
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