Apr 3, 2010
Author: SBC Test Team / Shane Thompson
Voted Best Relaunch!
Size Tested: 10 m
Style: Delta shape, three strut hybrid
The N62 is the second generation of the NOBILE kite that guarantees its riders maximum safety and confidence as they take their riding to the next level. The Delta Evolution shape with reduced aspect ratio, and a lightweight three strut design offer superior stability, direct handling, and instant relaunch.
Control Bar and Safety Systems
The Nobile four line control bar is boldly colour coded with comfortably smooth EVA grip and some finger shaping. The bar ends are cushioned with a silicone bristle, which protects the hands nicely. There are inside connection points on the bar ends to shorten the bar length for the convenience to fly large and smaller kites on the same bar. The system uses the above-the-trim strap system with a pull/pull configuration with an easy to grab to repower handle that is covered in PVC tubing. The unique fulcrum trim loop is the industry’s only 100 per cent molded trim loop. Designed to disassemble with the same force even as the load increases. The construction of the loop has the advantage of never deforming, and the donkey stick is easy to move out of the way for freestyle. The primary safety leash is a fifth line running through the depower stopper ball and up to Nobile’s exclusive INOX swivel which then flags a single front line for 100 per cent depower. There are also emergency kill handles on both bar ends for that added safety. Overall, Nobile has all the safety basics covered in a streamlined system that’s easy to use and maintain.
On the Water
The Nobile N62 feels direct and responsive, with quick pivotal turns and depower that comes on within arm’s reach. This kite really proves why the Delta shape has gained such popularity over the past couple of years. It feels solid and comfortable in flight and builds confidence quickly with its ease of use. Compared to some Delta designs the N62 has less length and sweep in the wing tips and uses a lower aspect three strut frame. The result is a kite with a good balance of top-end performance and simple point-and-go flying character. The long centre strut with its deep chord and canopy depth give the N62 good low-end power and grunt and lends stability even through gusty winds or erratic bar input. With great stability, the N62 flies with a smooth predictable style. It sits back in the window slightly keeping stable and giving constant feedback from the kite. This is also a great kite for wave riding. With the quick pivotal turning and the excellent drift and sink back character the N62 simple control can let you concentrate on riding the waves. With less wing tip than some of the other Delta shapes out there, there is a crisp and direct feel to the pivotal turning of the N62. It will drive you to the right spot on the wave and keep you there. Water relaunch is super fast also, with easy pivoting of the N62 wide centred body. Quick and nimble with plenty of get-up-and-go, the N62 is ideal for both progressing rider and advanced wave riders.
The N62 design doesn’t boost the biggest height jumps, and it isn’t as quick upwind as some of the faster pulling, and higher aspect Deltas.
The N62 is a grunty point-and-go kite that lets the rider concentrate on simply riding. It has sufficient versatility and performance to satisfy the progressing rider into more advanced stages.