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For 2016 all North kites are equipped with the completely redesigned Airport Valve II. To ensure user friendliness the non-return valve has a valve cage which prevents damages of the setback membrane in the inside of the bladder. Reassembling of the secure ring is completely easy due to a secure ring tool which is additionally delivered. This new system doesn’t need a velcro system and is not twistable. The thread of the valve is redesigned and less affected by sand or other materials. The top of the valve can be opened and closed easily.
The Airport Valve’s II unique construction has several advantages, but first and foremost it saves time rigging and gives you more time on the water. The valve works with any conventional pump or compressor as it can be connected directly to the bayonet insert of the hose. The valve is suitable for both, inflation and deflation. The deflation option is integrated, which means no external deflation pin is required. Deflation is simply activated by turning the blue wheel on the inside of the valve completely to the right.
A short sizzling noise, which is a very small amount of air escaping from the interspace of the valve, when taking off the bayonet fitting is normal. The valve enables fatigue-proof inflation due to the bigger air passage. Even bigger kites will be inflated with ease!
The new North Kiteboarding pump works 100% perfect with the Airport Valve I and II. The valve works with all standard kite pumps too.
*In cold environments the valve adhesive will become non tacky. Please stick valves on in temperatures above 20Deg Celcius. If required the valve can be warmed in the hand or lightly heated with a hair dryer.