Speed mode. Send mode.
North Press Release
Speed mode. Send mode.
Introducing the all-new North Mode, powered by N-Weave. A faster, lighter and more
durable wing designed for high-speed performance. The new Mode’s stiffer airframe is
constructed from N-Weave, a high tensile strength woven fiber engineered by North Sails
Advanced Textiles. Designed for the most efficient power delivery on the market, N-Weave
helps to transfer wind energy into greater forward speed, explosive boost and
“This is the first material technology we’ve developed with North Sails Advanced Textiles,”
says North Brand Director Mike Raper. “Using N-Weave in the inflated structure creates a
faster, more responsive wing that can jump higher and hang longer. We’re all blown away by
its freestyle and race capabilities.
“The smaller sizes are designed for high-wind days when you’re in full-send mode, while the
super-efficient 7m is optimised for power (and speed) in lighter air. No matter what mode
you’re riding, this wing performs above and beyond.”
WHAT RIDERS SAY:
“The Mode is the best wing I’ve ever ridden. It’s a combination of power and control. Thanks
to the N-Weave, it’s so light that there are no limits. The freedom you have is crazy; tacks,
jibes, and jumps all feel way easier.” – Chucho Nonnot.
The Mode will change the way you ride; with this wing, you’ll be able to bring your
performance to the next level. – Fabien Mummenthaler
The Mode has let me win a lot of races this year. The Spanish and Canarian Cup Titles and
the Wingfoil Spain Tour Win are all thanks to the Mode. The Mode is not only fast and light, it
is also an amazing freestyle and wave wing. – Gunnar Biniasch
North developed N-Weave, a new low-elongation, high tensile strength woven fibre, to help
reduce geometric compromise in inflated structures. N-Weave creates a stiffer, lighter rig that
holds its shape when under load and has a highly efficient power delivery.
3x stiffer than a traditional polyester of the same weight*, N-Weave reduces structural
deflection and transfers wind energy into greater forward speed, explosive boost and
hangtime for freestyle tricks.
*In tensile strength testing, N-Weave has 3.5x the tear strength of DLE160
High modulus UPE fiber is 11x lighter than a polyester fiber of the same breaking strength.
UPE-based N-Weave material is 40% lighter than traditional leading edge Dacron (175gsm).
Using N-Weave for the inflated structures reduces the overall weight of the wing by about
25%. This weight savings translates into greater performance, more efficient power delivery in
light air, and makes the wing easier to handle in all conditions.
N-Weave also has very high cut and abrasion resistance. The UPE fibres that make up NWeave
are known for their resistance to water, moisture, chemicals, UV and microorganisms.
UPE is also known for its durability and toughness.
Biostable and watertight
North has used a recycled PET laminate bonded to the N-Weave. This goes on the inside of
the inflated structures, adding to the water resistance and longevity of the material.
High-Speed Performance Wing
The Mode has a fast, VMG-optimized design, which lets you sail closer to the wind, on higher
upwind angles and reduces your need to tack or gybe. Hence, you reach the mark as quickly
as possible. North has designed the Mode primarily for high-speed performance. Still, the
stiffer airframe creates an unprecedented loft for higher jumps and forward momentum on
The wing has a balanced lower aspect ratio with rounded wingtips to reduce tip strike. The
new panel layout delivers wingtip stability and increased tension under load. Featuring rigid
GripLock micro-trim control handles for an immediate response and new race-window
positioning to help you keep a close eye on your opponents.
The Mode has incredible high-end stability and an impressive wind range. The 4.2 and 5.5 are
designed for high-end, stronger winds, while the 7m is optimised for greater power in lighter
air. The wing also has excellent range, so there are only three in the quiver.
• 7-22knots – 7m
• 12-27knots – 5.5m
• 17-32knots – 4.2m (until you go so fast you can’t hang on anymore).
Any rider will benefit from the wing’s stability and tensioning. Once you’re up on the foil, the
Mode is designed for stability at the high end – whereas the Nova and Nova Light Wind are
designed for better performance in the low end.
Dual inflation valves
There are two main valves, one on the LE and one on the strut, with an interlinking valve and
hose. The dual valves enable you to inflate the strut to a higher pressure than the leading
edge. The N-Weave material also has a higher inflation pressure capacity, which allows you to
use a smaller wing size without sacrificing power.
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