The navigator bar was something I liked as it has very helpful and useful features.
The first thing that stood out was that the bar uses the correct color code with red on the left. Added to this the bar itself is ergonomic and you can feel on your hands if you have grabbed it in the wrong way. This can be very helpful. The quick-release is pushed away as all should be, and it was one of the easiest to reassemble. It looks like using your seatbelt, and I loved it. The fact that we can change the loops and that it’s so easy to do was also excellent. Sometimes it’s great to have a different loop without having to get a whole new bar. There is a short one to help people with smaller bar reach, the big freestyle loop, the slide one for surf and a standard one. The safety leash connection is conical, helping it to rotate. Above the chicken, there is a swivel to help spin the lines.
On the bar tips, you can adjust the size of it, determining what leverage you want for your kite. The depower trim is the regular and proven clam cleat. The trim line is elastic, so when you depower you don’t get a too-long line hanging around, that can wrap around the other lines. The piece to pull is also super comfortable in a very light and soft material. There are elastics to hold the lines when you wrap the bar. The stopper ball is made by using split lines, and it’s possible to shorten the lines in half by removing the last part of the line. The connection is made with removable pigtails that are also great, so you can use the bar with any other kite that uses the re-ride safety system and deep V connection.
The central line is covered with TPU tubing allowing for the safety line, and the depower line to be protected agains wear and tear. The big center hole helps the bar to slide easily.
Hope you liked this quick review of the new north gear. We will have this equipment for testing and rentals this next season.