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Lighter material vs. durability

North Rebel 2013

North Rebel 2013

Reviewed on Sep 28th 2012 by Carlos
Performance:
5
Durability:
2
Relaunch:
5
Bar:
4
User Overall Rating 4.0 out of 5

Sizes used: 10m
The 2013 has a much lighter construction without the though material at the rear and at the wing tips of the canopy. The abrasion resistant protections at the leading edge (present on all previous models) were removed in the 2013, exposing the stitched threads of the leading edge to the ground when launching and landing. They have kept the lousy center leading edge valve (for inflation) made with a stiff plastic plug, which is known for poor durability (leaks in last than 6 months), and continue to be a hazard to the canopy when folding the kite thigh for traveling. The Rebel 2013's performance is much improved: better low end power and response, and faster turning. This is a fun kite to fly and ride waves. The relaunch is also much easier as the kite requires less wind to fly even when wet. The new 2013 bar is definitely made of lighter materials, but again quality and durability is compromised. After one week using the bar, the thick depower line began to split getting jammed on the new smaller Vario Cleat has "larger teeth", thus, a deeper bite, which may be damaging to the thick line. Another issue is that both bungees used to secure the lines after rapping on the bar are also lighter, thinner; they broke after two weeks of use (6 sessions). Let me be clear, I have flown rebels since 2009, which I still use it with the original bar that works perfectly except for the replacement of all lines once per year. I love the 2013's improvements in performance. However, the sacrifice in the quality of its construction and the material used needs to be reconsidered by North