North Atmos Pro

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The Pro range from North kicked off to a flying start in 2023 with the highly acclaimed Orbit Pro, so expectations were high for the Atmos Pro twintip which makes up the second product in the Pro range. Aimed to facilitate the highest performance freeride and Big Air, it is now the go-to for North’s top Big Air athletes.

As ever with North, it is clear the subtleties of design have been well mulled over. A grab rail for those die-hard shredders that refuse the use of a handle and four sizes of foot straps made specifically for the Pro range rounds off an extremely flexible package. Flexpro pads include a contoured footbed and ramped toe bar with internal shock absorbance that provides extra grip and cushioning, and confirms the theme of attention to detail has not been forgotten. This setup also implements a clever feature labelled ‘Flip Tech’ which allows the foot straps to be flipped 180 degrees once the old heel side rail is suitably beaten to extract every last drop of life.

A full carbon laminate provides direct feedback that compliments impressive hold and control in stronger winds. The refined Dynamic Flex layup includes a cleverly arranged combination of woven and biaxial cloth to marginally increase flex in carefully determined areas, leading to a buttery ride and silky landings. Despite this, direct response is still impressively retained. Whilst the Atmos Pro is not the lightest board going, a Paulownia wood core with ABS rails ensures solid dependability is at the center of the design.

When conditions get ballistic, predictably smooth edging characteristics and a satisfyingly explosive pop help rocket the rider vertically into the sky. Once airborne the board feels balanced and intuitive, with a delightfully slim and ergonomic handle for those who enjoy throwing the steeziest old-school maneuvers. When coming in hot, the single concave and medium rocker dissipates impact with knee-saving consistency, which is certainly welcome for those entering the world of kiteloops.

Light wind still enables a pleasantly early ride for such a performance focused product as the rocker is not overly aggressive, and pop for freestyle is satisfactory even when underpowered. Pulled-in tips assist in slicing through chop, instilling a sporty comfort that seems to encourage cruising for longer.

There is no doubt the Atmos Pro has gained an effective supercharge that sets it apart from its well-loved ‘non pro’ cousin. It is most at home ridden hard and fast, boosting to the moon and back with confidence whatever the conditions. Many of the world’s top riders depend on the Atmos Pro for good reason, though most impressively North have done an admirable job in weaving in a healthy dose of ease of use and versatility, ensuring this platform remains accessible and fun in the hands of the average Joe.

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