North Trust Quad Kitesurfing Bar 2013

A good bar is defined by your ability to forget about it

It’s hard reviewing a bar – it might not really have the same nuances, and multifarious intertwining performance characteristics of a kite or a board, but it remains an utterly essential part of your kit.

In my opinion a good bar is defined by your ability to forget about it – and that can certainly be said of the 2013 trust bar. It fades pleasantly into the background whilst facilitating your ability to have a fun kite session. It’s well made, and the IronHeart safety system is particularly good. It seems solid and reassuring, and the main quick release mechanism is almost a work of art when you stop to inspect it.

Image Credit: North Kites

Image Credit: North Kites (via www.northkites.com)

It has above-the-bar-depower via North’s tidy little vario-cleat system. You do end up with a fair amount of loose depower line flopping about the place when fully depowered. North apparently have a stiff inner core inside the trim line to prevent this, but it doesn’t really do anything. Saying that – it’s never caused me any issues.

It’s worth noting that the North set up flags to both rear lines after a quick release. If you come from a Naish set up which flags to a single line (like me), this might freak you out a little, but in practice I have a feeling this might be a safer strategy. On Naish, if your single flagging line breaks after a quick release, you are faced with a runaway kite that has the potential to do people harm, with North you have a redundancy… That said – the North front lines don’t split into a Y until much further up than Naish, so if your lines broke below that point, you’d be in exactly the same situation.

Line breakage is pretty unlikely though. These are some beefy and solid lines – and you can buy the bar in a large number of different line lengths too from 19 to 32 (yes 32!) metres.

There are in my opinion bad bars; Bars with Swivels that don’t work, grip that hurts your hands, parts that wear more quickly than they should do, bars with non-standard (or even poorly constructed) safety mechanisms. The North bar is not any of those.

If you are one of those people who thinks it makes a sod of difference, you can also adjust the width of the bar whilst riding

My particular highlights would be the swivel; It’s placed on top of the QR and can be easily untwisted at any time to ensure your flagging line doesn’t end up overly wrapped up; and the fact that you can use any piece of correctly rated Dyneema to replace the depower line – it just needs a knot at either end.

If you are one of those people who thinks it makes a sod of difference, you can also adjust the width of the bar whilst riding if you like! I never have – and probably never will.

All in all – this is a nice bar, which I feel very safe riding – and it flies my entire quiver of Naish kites without any need for further adjustment.

Check it out.

Written by: Adam