555 K 2008
Who is it for?
Free-riders looking to boost their confidence with maximum versatility, huge wind range and direct bar sheeting with out the classic bow draw backs of heavy bar pressure, vague steering and poor unhooked performance. The Nobile 555 also features incredibly simple re-launch, superb ease of use and 4 line Hybrid simplicity to ensure your peace of mind in all conditions.
Why did we make it?
Massive wind range allowing a two (or even one) kite quiver is a goal for us all, but until now achieving this meant too many compromises. Our goal was to make a high de-power, easy to use kite that that still had good performance, but did not feature any of the drawbacks of some of the bow kites on the market.
How did we do it?
We kept the same Natural Arc we developed for the NHP. However, to enhance the range of the 555 we used a 4 line SLE (Supported Leading Edge) Hybrid configuration. With careful placement of the bridle attachment points and some modification to its normal configuration we created a kite that delivers outstanding power range, clean and precise handling and fast, easy re-launch. Huge air comes as standard with the 555 along with unparalleled, direct, confidence inspiring handling – the perfect blend for free-ride use.
- 4 line simplicity
- Huge range…….awesome power yet massive de-power
- Intuitive, fast re-launch
- Huge lift and hang time
- Controlled turning with a comfortable blend between axial and pivotal movement
- Super stable gusty wind performance
- Natural Arc Shaping with SLE Hybrid form.
- Light yet still direct bar pressure (no pulleys)
- FULCRUM Quick release
- SMART pump inflation
- 20m+5m line configuration
Natural Arc Shaping
The 555 features Natural Arc shaping, the most aerodynamically efficient shape for a Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) kite. The fluid form has several key benefits in performance and has been developed through extensive R and D and not marketing influence. As there are no corners or radical changes of angle in the leading edge the form is the same as the trailing edge of the kite ensuring that the designed profile is maintained across the entire canopy. Another gain is that even tension is applied across the canopy eliminating all fluttering and flapping and greatly enhancing the kite’s stability. Structurally the lack of pressure points in the leading edge also greatly decreases the load on the bladder and seams thus reducing the chance of material failure.
Extended Depower Range
Our unique SLE configuration on the 555 allows for increased de-power over conventional 5 line kites without having to resort to pulleys on the bar ends and the lack of feeling they bring as found on many bow kites. By linking the forward and rear sections of the bridle with a pulley directly attached to the LE the centre of effort is allowed to shift forwards during de-powering whilst at the same time the front lines are able to move towards the centre of the kite exaggerating the change in the angle of attack. This enables us to design in a far greater wind range (upper and lower wind strengths) into the 555 which in turn allows you to have less kites in your quiver.
Construction and Technology
Low Stress Leading Edge Seams
Many brands feature straight stitched seams on the leading edge. On Nobile kites, the lower stress leading edge seams are taped on both sides with insignia tape, overlapped and then fixed with parallel lines of triple stitch. The result is a flatter seam, using less material, which makes it easier to close and stitch the seams more accurately.
Leading Edge Seam Taping
Unlike on conventional designs, we have stitched a webbing re enforcement OVER the normal LE seam preventing it from stretching over time (which leads to seam failure under high inflation pressures) and also protects the seam against abrasion.
Trailing Edge Seam Protector
Shaped dacron patches are placed over the seams on the trailing edge to increase scuff protection in this exposed area. Reduced flutter of the trailing edge is an additional benefit.
Self Rescue Handles
The self rescue handles allow the rider to control the kite and body drag themselves back to beach in the event that the kite is no longer able to fly.
Double Layer Daron Wingtips
The elongated flying line attachment points are sandwiched between a double layer of Dacron give the wing tips maximum strength and durability.
Re enforced Bridle Line
By re enforcing the brindle line through the pulleys we can increase the life expectancy of the line in this high wear area. Bridle failure can cause loss of control of the kite at critical moments and put the rider in serious danger.
Strut to Canopy Re enforcement Tape
Wide Insignia tape is placed on the seams between the canopy and struts preventing the canopy from rubbing and wearing on the struts. Furthermore, in the event of a tear near the strut, the canopy can be repaired without the need to remove the strut.
Single Joint Strut Construction
Our canopy seams are accurately cut to maintain the designed profile. This means the struts are employed to solely to maintain the rigidity of the profile and not to maintain the exact shape. When controlled by the pressure of the strut the profile can change due to the laws of inflation (which states the more pressure applied to any inflated object to closer it comes to spherical). Reducing the number of seams also decreases the possibilities of material failure.
Bridles and flying lines can catch around the end of the leading edge during launching causing the kite to pull dangerously to one side. Protectors that are too soft bend and still allow the lines to catch. Our brindle deflectors are stiff preventing this possibility and eliminating a potential cause of accidents.
Re enforced Valve Areas
High inflation pressures mean the valve areas in both the leading edge and the struts must be re-enforced. Applying insignia tape internally and then single stitching it ensures no failure in these areas.
The Ronstan pulleys used in the kite brindles have a breaking strain of over 500kg and have the best ratio of weight/strength/longevity available.
Higher Stress Leading Edge Seams
At points with a greater angle (and thus higher stress) in the leading edge, the seams are joined with insignia tape, single stitched through the middle and then triple stitched on each side of this to ensure very strong seams in this high stress areas.
Full Contact Strut Connection
All the struts on each model are constructed independently and then attached to the leading edge with a full wrap of webbing. This maintains the stability of the kites profile and also spreads the pressure to avoid material failure under high load. An extra parallel webbing strip runs from the strut around the leading edge to further increases strength and durability.
The leading edge canopy seams are protected by 3-layer bumpers. Super durable mesh is sandwiched between two layers of insignia tape giving a very strong, but lightweight protection against abrasions and crashes. The leading edge is a very weight sensitive area and these bumpers are as light as possible whilst still offering adequate protection, thus reducing any added tendency to nose stall the kite.
EVA Canopy Protector
We place an EVA foam layer on the underside of the canopy to protect it from the wear that can result in it rubbing against the upper side of the strut.
Leading Edge Attachment Points
The leading edge bridle attachment points are re enforced with Insignia tape inside the leading edge, whilst the webbing is sandwiched between a double layers of Dacron on the outside. The entire patch is then triple stitched.
Leading Edge Wing Tip Seam Bumpers
The seams in the leading edge at the wing tips are protected by the same design of triple layer bumper used on the canopy above the struts. The seams in this area are vulnerable to wear however heavy duty protection will have an adverse effect on the kites handling.
The canopy seams are taped, overlaid then triple stitched. This type of seam allows accurate stitching of the canopy even in complicated areas.
Double Layer Trailing Edge
The double layer of ripstop on the trailing edge reduces the possibility of the material stretching over time. This is a superior solution than using Dacron, which is heavier and can cause failure where the two different materials meet.
Dacron Protection Strip on LE/Canopy Connection
A 5cm strip of Dacron between the canopy and leading edge connection protects the kite against abrasions in this vulnerable area. In the event of damage close to the leading edge, it is not necessary to open the leading edge to fix the canopy making repairs that much easier.
Triple Stitched Strut Seam
Seams on the struts are first taped together using Insignia tape, straight stitched along the seam and then the flaps are folded out and triple stitched on either side. This provides the strongest seam possible in these important high load areas.
Webbing Wing Tip Protection
A small webbing tape extends around the end of the wing tip and into the LE to protect the kite against abrasions and prevent exposed seams in this area.
Cordura Strut Ends
Super durable strut ends are essential to resist abrasion and protect the strut ends. Cordura is one of the most abrasion materials available.
Kevlar Leading Edge Protection
The high abrasion areas at the ends of the leading edge, struts and on the canopy above the struts are re enforced with Kevlar patches making them super scuff resistant.
Smart Pump System
The remarkable SMART (Single-point, Multiple-valve, Air-distribution with Removable Tubes) pump system uses uniquely designed, removable, connective tube sections between individual bladders. Each tube end has a male connector designed to fit into a standard bladder valve, making the entire system modular and interchangeable. This has a number of advantages over the standard central point inflation systems.
It enables the rider to remove the SMART system entirely, using standard bladder stoppers in every connective bladder valve; effectively making the kite standard multi point inflation.
In the event of individual bladder failure any replacement bladder of appropriate size can be inserted into the kite and reconnected to the SMART pump system, so long as it features the standard size inflation valve. This enables you to fix the kite using non-specific bladders should you need to effect an emergency repair.
If any part of the connective system should fail the affected part can be isolated and removed.
SMART has been designed to be extremely durable, with rigourous testing in a variety of different climates, yet it is the modular system that makes it so unique.
Each Nobile kite is supplied with appropriate replacement valve stoppers, the same style and size as used in the majority of the modern kite production.