The Nobile XTR (Extra Range) is all about performance in underpowered conditions. Light winds boards are great for getting on the water in marginal winds, but rarely offer any fun at all as soon as you can comfortably stay upwind.
Making any board plane in light winds is
a comparatively easy job. Making
still be comfortable to ride in powered up conditions
and choppy water is something much harder!
The elements that ensure early planing in a board (flat rocker and parallel outline) work to make the board less and less controllable (and less and less fun to ride) as the wind increases. The goal of the Nobile XTR was to create a board that you could ride in 9 to 12 knots but wouldn't need to head back to the beach and change when it hits 15 to 18 knots and didn't hinder your riding pleasure.
For 2009 Nobile have refined last year's EXT and add the new Dynamic Asymmetrical Outline ensuring that the Nobile XTR continues to perform in the lightest winds possible.
The Nobile XTR features enough versatility and "fun factor" to be classified as not only a light wind board, but also a board for heavier riders and for use when the wind drops and changing up a kite size is not an option.
The Human Concept
- Dynamic Asymmetrical Outline:
You canít escape the fact that kite-boarding stances are not symmetrical; can you ride the same on your toe side and heel side edges? If not, then you have to ask yourself why your board has the same outline and fin position on the heel side and toe side edges.
Nobileís Dynamic Asymmetrical Outline is designed around their Human Concept, performance that is destined to enhance and work in harmony with your natural physiology, not fight against it.
Nobile have tailored the outline on your stronger heel side rail to have more grip, better upwind performance and maximum POP. On the weaker toe side, Nobile have increased the curve radius and bought the fins closer to your feet improving the carving potential and comfort factor of the board when riding switch whilst at the same time radically decreasing the foot pressure needed to hold your edge.
3D Top Mould:
By fine tuning the mould for different sizes - Nobile have managed to both simplify the range with less sizes but still provide a model for riders of all weights and ability levels.
Elliptical Progressive Concave combines the added advantages of both the flat bottomed board and the concave shape. The tail area of the board is flat allowing increased flex for comfort and smooth turning whilst the centre section of the board has up to 5mm of concave providing earlier planing, extra rail grip and a smoother ride.
A conventional rocker with it's flatter centre section and increasing radius towards the tail causes the water to accelerate along its length as the distance it has to travel increases. This acceleration causes drag on the board. Nobile's hydrodynamic rocker contains most of it's radius in the centre of the board. The straight action enables the water to maintain it's direction of travel all the way along the bottom of the board making the drag from the water to be reduced to a minimum as it travels the shortest distance possible. For 2009, Nobile have increased the lift in the tips of the Hydrodynamic Rocker Line. This subtle change increases versatility (particularly when switching from heel-side to toe-side) and dramatically reduces unwanted spray whilst maintaining all other benefits the Nobile 666 has become famous for.
It is a little known fact that proper flex control in a kiteboard is not solely determined by the deck's overall deflection in response to pressure. Variable flex zones, flex response speeds and vibration control are all equally important factors. Fast flex response speeds can raise the performance characteristics of a board that can cause rail "chatter" at speed, leading to a loss of rail grip and a general lack of comfort. Reducing this "chatter" or vibration through the use of advanced core materials and laminate provides exceptional rail grip in all conditions and increases rider comfort and control.
UV Resistant Foils:
Having the best performing board on the market won't prevent disappointment if the colours start to fade after 6 months use. Nobile's UV resistant foils ensure your board will look as good in six month's as the day it came out of the wrapper.
Nobile Fin Shims:
No matter how carefully you ride, anyone can have an accidental contact with the beach or other solid objects. As well as ruining a good session, the resulting damage and / or fin loss can be frustrating. Nobile's new Fin Shims distribute the load placed on the heads of the screws, across the wider surface of the deck of the board, protecting your board from damage in all but the most extreme situations. For 2009, Nobile have increased the length of the fin screws, ensuring deeper penetration into the G-10fins, reducing the chance of fin loss, or damage even further.
Nobile's revolutionary Integrated Footbed System allows for simple installation and a huge range of adjustment to fit all foot sizes.
Nobile G-10 Fins:
Nobile fins are 55mm and molded in high visibility orange to help in finding the board after wipeouts.
Tip Rocker Profilers: Supplied with all Nobile 2009 boards, Nobile's patented Tip Rocker Profilers are specifically matched to the profile of the fin. It's no secret that in choppy water some boards generate more spray than others. What's not commonly known though is that the spray is normally caused by water hitting your front foot and being kicked up into your eyes. Changing the rocker of the board changes the release point of the water but can also adversely effect the performance of the board. By placing the profilers under the fins on the heelside edge - you are effectively adding around 5mmm of kick into only the ultimate part of the tail of the board. In most cases this is enough to change the angle the board rides at in the water and eliminates the spray. If you don't have a problem or are fortunate enough to ride in flat water you can leave them out for the most efficient rocker possible.
Nobile NHP XTR (Nobile EXT) 2009 Features:
- Hydrodynamic Rocker provides fantastic early planing and upwind ability.
- Dynamic Asymmetrical Outline increases versatility and comfort.
- Wider stance options for more stable riding position.
- Fin Shims for stronger fin / board connection.
- Offset inserts ensure maximum heel-side grip when powered up.
- 3 year warranty against breakage.
Who is the board designed for:
If you want to ride in light winds and still perform then the Nobile NHP XTR 09 is for you.
Whilst the principal goal remains performance and fun in light winds, the Nobile XTR still offers such control and versatility that if the wind does begin to pick up, you may find yourself enjoying riding on it longer than you think.
**Price include footstraps, footbeds, fins and grab handle**