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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

unprecedented loft.

“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.”


“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

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N-Weave Technology

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

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

11x Lighter

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.

Extremely Durable

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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