North Vegas (2012) Hot
The 2012 Vegas reinforces its legacy as an incredibly versatile C-shape kite, integrating uncompromised new-school/wake attributes with free-ride comfort. The key to the Vegas’ versatility lies in a simple adjustment on the kite’s wingtip, offering three varied settings with the quick switch of a knot. These settings have been tuned to offer three very distinct modes to suit your preferred riding style. The standard free-ride setting offers everything you would expect from a free-ride kite like loads of de-power, responsive steering and predictable handling. The second setting is ideal for taking your first steps into freestyle, offering noticeably harder bar pressure providing more accurate kite feedback and making steering slightly less responsive to practice unhooked tricks. The third option converts the Vegas into a full-blooded new-school/wake machine that sits deeper in the wind window and delivers consistent pull with a very limited de-power stroke. This is the preferred setting of our core freestyle team and allows you to do the most powerful kite-loops and offers the most explosive pop for powered new-school and wake tricks.
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At a Glance
The Vegas is now the longest running kite in the North Line up by some margin. First seen in late 2004 it was originally a more mellow freeride version of the very popular Rhino. But as the Rhino changed shape over the years the Vegas didn’t. It remained a C-Kite with its boots firmly tipped towards the freestyle market as the Rhino became a more freeride machine before it was consigned to the history books. Those days the Vegas is a for cry from it’s first sibling, the similarities are there but you’d need to look for them pretty hard if you put the two kites next to each other. For 2012 the Vegas is still a thoroughbred C kite with a 5th line set up. But North have offered tuning in the form of line set up to mellow the kite for the less experienced riders out there. Allowing you to tune up the kite as you improve your riding. As the 2011 kite was so popular there are just very subtle changes this year to the design. The graphics as usual though are far from subtle!
The North Trust bar has been a favourite of many riders for some time and this year sees it return. While the features all look familiar the bar has been completely redesigned for 2012 and new bar ends coupled with a more ergonomic grip make it really comfortable in the hands. The depower is now dealt with using a smaller Vano Cleat above the bar, it is easy to operate and never feels too far away. There is the same stopper ball system that gives enough pressure to hold the bar in place but is easy to push away in a hurry and of course the Iron Heart IV makes a return to take car of things in terms of safety release.
In The Air
The Vegas certainly looks the part, those graphics might look hideous on paper, but once in the sky above your head perspective seems to add to the spectacle... It’s been a little while since I have flown a Vegas and it was a welcome return to an old friend. I’ve flown the previous incarnations a fair bit and always enjoyed them for their forgiving, yet high performance feel. If you know how to fly the kite, you can really get the maximum out of it. Huge airs, loads of pop, aggressive loops, it is all there waiting for you to unlock it. Throttle back a little and ride it as a freeride machine and the kite is stable, well behaved and inspires confidence. You don’t ever feel like it is just a step away from smashing you into small pieces like some C kites we have flown in the past. This feeling can of course be further enhanced with the three trim setups on offer on the kite. In its mellow mode it really is rather tame, but ramp up the pigtails and the fun begins. Upwind is really impressive and the top end is fantastic. The low end is OK, but like all C kites it suffers from a lack of range compared to the flatter bridled kites on the market.
A thoroughbred freestyle machine that through the beauty of tuning can be tamed for the more intermediate rider looking for a freestyle stepping stone. The usual impeccable North build quality is ever present and the finish on the kite is excellent, as is the bar.
Not much to complain about really with the Vegas, you will be surprised at its versatility...
The Vegas is a freestyle machine with a tame side you can tap into at will. It performs excellently as you would expect from a kite of this pedigree with a huge heritage.
Recently just began using the kites and have been impressed by there solid peformance.
First fly of the Kites i was on my 8 m and it was between 25-30 knots, having come from the torch my first impression was the control of the kite is a lot less harsher then the torch, it is more smooth through turns and general flying of the kite. The loops i prefer on the Vegas because it is less of rip and instantly felt in more control, boosting was also impressive! I was really happy with my choice of the 8 because it is not that fast that it makes unhooking and passes still fine but also allows for sweet loops. So far my 8 has been my most used kite and have been really stoked with its performance.
The 10 m i have used in around the 20 knots mark mostly, really solid kite similar to the 8m obvisouly but a bit slower, still loops and catches, is my favourite size for unhooking because it is more stable then the 8 and still has all the pop and slack etc..
14m had a super sweet sesh on tonight, its great you just park it and ride, people say that big kites are bad because they don't move and are boring, but i totally reckon anyone should get out on big kites you can ride in light wind, increasing your time on the water. So yeah its basically just sits there and is sick for learning new moves because the kite doesn't go all over the place.
Quality: Obvisouly nothing has gone wrong on it, and the material used is good and looks solid.
Bar: The bar grip is different this year, it is more comfortable and almost feels like gel, have had no problems with it slipping or hurting, similar to last years it terms of de power rope etc..
Overall: Really happy with the set up and my sizes chosen, recommend it for a 3 kite setup.