North NTT (Entity) 2012 Kiteboard Foot Pads & Straps Set
NTT - The Revolution of Individual Fit
Every foot is different. We at North Kiteboarding didn’t realize that yesterday. After we defined a new standard by developing the first ergonomically shaped footpads a while ago, our new Entity Combo now comes with a whole range of innovative features such as the NTT ContactPad or the NTT SplitStrap. The entire product once again sets new standards in the evolution of kite sports. The NTT is quick and easy to mount. It offers a variety of settings for a perfect fit on every foot and it even looks damned good!
The Track + NTT
The NTT has been designed and tested for use together with our new The Track System. “The Track” is the new mounting system of our twintips. In connection with The Track, the NTT unfolds its full potential of individual settings, many of which are completely new in kite sports. The NTT can also be mounted on any board with standard inserts from the product generation of 2011 onwards, however, the range of individual settings is then limited.
The NTT ContactPad consists of the new, redesigned EVA footpad and the NTT ContactFrame. The ergonomically shaped footpad was developed in cooperation with the leading experts in ergonomics. The Hexagonal Density Control Structure is a new feature in 2012. This structure helps reduce pressure in sensitive areas of the foot and contributes to the pad’s low weight. The newly designed Anti-Slip surface ensures a good grip, even in very rough landings and radical moves. Furthermore, the pad is supplied with three NTT HeelCushions of varying hardness: “soft” for more comfort, “hard” for better control and “medium” for the golden mean. The NTT ContactFrame is the intelligent basis of the entire footpad that is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic. Its weight-optimized construction perfectly adapts to the shape of our boards. The advantage of this design and material is that the board’s flex characteristics are not influenced in any way. The NTT ContactFrame envelops the footpad and reliably transfers forces to the board. The NTT ContactPad has direct contact with the board, which enhances the board feeling. For even better fit, the NTT ContactPad is available in two sizes (S/M + L/XL)! The entire package combines individual fit, comfort, control and functional design on a completely new level!
Together with the NTT ContactPad, the NTT SplitStrap forms probably the most functional footpad system on the market. The NTT SplitStrap’s new construction can be more effectively adapted to the shape of the foot. The split function allows you to choose freely between maximum grip and optimum mobility: the further you open the split, the greater the contact surface that wraps around your foot. Bombproof grip and more control over your board are a direct result. If you need more range of motion, simply close the split. The procedure is dead easy and takes but a few seconds. The new width adjustment makes sure that the NTT SplitStrap wraps tightly around any shape of foot. Great fit with neoprene booties is no longer a problem either. The NTT SplitStrap’s design ensures that there is sufficient padded surface even for very large feet. Just like the NTT ContactPad, the NTT SplitStrap is also available in two different sizes. (S/M and L/XL)
The Only Footstraps Adjustable in 6 Ways!
The central triangles on the NTT ContactPad and inside The Track System indicate the Entity Combo’s basic setting, also known as the Recommended Stance. The Recommended Stance has been individually determined for each North Kiteboarding board. Some riders may prefer a different position. The section Customize X6 explains the various possibilities for individual tuning.
NTT + THE TRACK = CUSTOMIZEX6
X1 - PAD DISTANCE
The pad distance depends on your size, your riding style and, of course, your personal preferences. A narrow distance is usually more comfortable because it makes the board feel softer. Furthermore, a narrow distance saves strength and is therefore preferred by freeriders. Freestylers usually chose a wider distance. This provides a lot of pop and permits more aggressive edging. The wide distance gives the rider more control in tricks and landings, however, it also makes riding more strenuous.
X2 - PAD POSITION RELATIVE TO THE EDGES
The position of the pad on the board in relation to the heel and toe edge greatly influences the board’s riding characteristics. With very wide boards or very small feet it is recommended to move the binding towards the heel edge. This increases pressure on the heel edge and facilitates upwind riding. A central position of the foot between the two edges provides better stability in landings. Narrow boards and large feet also benefit from a central position.
X3 - PAD ANGLE
In the basic setting the angle is 10°. The pad angle depends strongly on the rider’s personal preferences. Some riders prefer a position with the front foot rotated far to the outside. We recommend a greater angle for these riders.
X4 - ADJUSTING THE STRAP CONTACT SURFACE
Adjusting the NTT SplitStrap allows you to find the right balance between personal comfort and optimum grip. The more you open the split, the better the grip in your NTT! The narrower you set the split, the greater your mobility within the straps.
X5 - FOOD LENGTH ADJUSTMENT
The entire NTT SplitStrap can be moved back and forth on the NTT ContactPad. The right position depends on your foot length. We recommend adjusting the NTT SplitStrap so that your toes reach over the toe edge.
X6 - FOOT WIDTH ADJUSTMENT
You can vary the NTT SplitStrap’s width independently of the Velcro adjustment on the NTT ContactPad. This helps optimize the NTT’s fit according to your foot width. Furthermore, you can change the width if you use neoprene booties!
ntt north straps and pads
ntt north straps and pads. these look the business on my board. it is clear to see that north have spent a lot of time and money into the design of these pads/straps. they are really comfortable and my feet feel precise to the board giving excellent control and feel. be aware of the 2 sizes s/m about size 6 -9 and m-l about 9-12.