NORTH SENSE 135 & SONAR 850
SENSE 135 & SONAR 850
TESTED & WORDS BY: Jim Gaunt
Extract from the full review, which is available now in the Kiteworld Winter print issue
TESTER BIOS AND TEST PARAMETERS: Here
TEST EXCERPT On my first run all the sensations I remembered from this set-up last year came rushing back. The Sonar 850 is quite a unique ride in terms of how very steadily it lifts. Combined with the Sense 135, this is a really good set-up for first time foilers, providing probably the easiest rise-up of any foil I’ve ever ridden. All these factors considered, it will be really easy for twin-tippers to adjust to.
The Sense board is phenomenally accessible. There’s a lot of nose area and plenty of width under your front foot, so it’s really stable on touch downs, easily dealing with water contact at high speed. I could exaggerate how someone learning to gybe might shuffle their feet slowly on touchdown foot changes, to the point of almost riding it like a waterski with my feet together. The natural riding speed is pretty quick, which makes sense in relation to the higher than average forward speed you need for the foil to lift you up. This North set-up combines the smooth speed characteristics of a smaller wing for winder conditions, with the steady stability of the new 1000 freeride wings, combining speed and manoeuvrability with stability.