2018 North Kiteboarding Bars and chicken loop customization… WTF?!

New for 2018, North Kiteboarding is letting you customize your chicken loop with three separate options.
All bars are sold without chicken loop and you need to add one of the following:
– Freeride option.
– Freestyle option.
– Wave riding option with rope slider.

Customization is good but it comes at a price!
The 2018 North Trust Bar, with 24m lines retails at 460 USD and this is for the bar only!
You have to add 69, 79 or 89 USD depending on the option you choose, the freestyle kit being the more expensive.
– Freeride kit: 69 USD
– Freestyle kit: 89 USD
– Rope harness kit: 79 USD
So here we are, for a full freestyle setup, you will have to pay 549 USD!!
If you fancy going with the 2018 North Click Bar, the bar only retails at 630 USD, so the complete freestyle setup will take you at 719 USD.
Some quick info here: http://www.mackiteboarding.com/2018-north-click-control-bar/
I never though I would see the day when kite bars will be so expensive, but I guess this is the new norm… Thanks North Kiteboarding!
So while you save that money, here are a few instructional videos on the 2018 North Bars.

1.Trust Bar 2018 Product Clip

For 2018 the excellent Trust Bar has some new features while retaining some of the superior functionality that makes this one of the best 4 line bars on the market. The chicken loops this year come in three different options; when you purchase your bar, you can choose the chicken loop that best suits your riding style. The industry leading Iron Heart IV safety system makes a welcome return; it has been enhanced with the addition of the Suicide Ring III. This new ring allows you to set up a suicide system while keeping the ring and the leash up and out of the way of the chicken loop. This increases your ability to quickly hook in and out after freestyle tricks. For 2018 there won’t be a separate 5th Element bar as before. Instead, you can purchase a 5th Element upgrade kit and turn the Trust Bar into a 5 line set-up.

2. Click Bar 2018 Product Clip

The best kite control system in the industry just got better! Last year the Click Bar revolutionised how we control our kites, this year it’s on a whole other level! There are now three different chicken loop options available offering maximum performance and customisation. The floaters have been upgraded with integrated rubber patches, and improved visibility plus there is a new V distributor, which is even easier to use. The incredible Trim Unit makes a return, allowing you to depower your kite at the flick of a switch. It is this impressive piece of technology that allows you to trim your kite as you ride. No longer will you lose an edge, you won’t need to change your body position; you can even tune the power while you perform a bottom turn! The new Iron Heart V, unique to the Click Bar, offers unrivalled security with a front line safety system, providing total depower. Lastly, your front lines will never get tangled again. The Click Bar is the ultimate tool to fly your kite; once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to use anything else!

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