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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: Delta
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Kite

Delta shaped allround SLE kite

Designers goals

The Evo is quiet possibly the most versatile kite in the North range; a crossover kite that performs as well in the surf as it does for unhooking and throwing the latest new-school tricks. Smooth, predictable power delivery and steady C-like bar feel invite you to unhook and push your new-school moves to the next level, throw massive kite loops or boost big airs. The Evo also offers excellent depower ability and quick, predictable turning and drift ideal for the more surf-minded kiters. Whatever the day brings, you will always be prepared to take advantage of the conditions. Whether you´re into stomping freestyle tricks, shredding waves, jumping, cruising or all of the above, the Evo´s got you covered!

Features

  • Delta-Oriented Design
  • Adaptive Tips
  • Huge Range of Use- Absolutely Stable
  • Powerful
  • Easy Unhooking Abilities
  • 4-Line Kite with 5th Line Ability

Bar

north 2012 kitebarThe NKB Trust bar 5th Element is the most progressive and effective tool to steer your kite and comes equipped with the most functional safety system in kiting, the IRON HEART IV. The Iron heart IV fulfills the challenging French safety norm and offers the best possible safety even in the most extreme conditions. The release forces are remarkably low, providing the highest level of safety in emergency situations. For 2012, the entire bar has been completely re-designed, without losing proven features like the roto-head, the sliding stopper with stopper ball and adjustable winding posts. The small and lightweight vario cleat helps to adjust the Trust Bar in any situation quickly and easily. The new upgraded ergonomic bar grip improves comfort and all features of the 2012 Trust Bar are redefined with an aim on the highest functionality and easiest handling, even in challenging circumstances.

Windrange

windrange north evo 2012

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 46cm-55cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kite

The Evo is quiet possibly the most versatile kite in the North range; a crossover kite 

Test conditions

Wind: 18-22 knots

water: flat, chop, small waves

Detail Photos

center strut north evo one pump north evo 2012 open inflation north closed inflation system north 

Conclusion

We have tested the Evo, Fuse and Neo at the same time. We found that the Evo is a more user friendly kite compared to the Neo, which has a specific character.
In comparison to the North Fuse, the Evo is completely different in flight character. The Evo specifically has more bar pressure and a smaller turning circle (center turn). The Evo’s qualities are most suited to beginners, since it gives a solid amount of feedback and stability and has a gradual power buildup. This should really give a beginner some confidence!
The Evo’s wave characteristics have changed a bit in 2012. It now provides a more constant pull when compared to the 2011 version, since it now placed more deeply in the wind window. This enables you to fly it smaller. Also, its drift during a wave ride has been improved. On the other hand however, the Evo’s lift has been reduced. If you desire a wave kite with more lift and an old school floating performance, the North Fuse might also be an option!

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

easy

Safety system

Difficult Easy

4 line safety

Windrange

Limited Wide

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

more overall pull than 2011

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

great

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Good depower, more barpressure in high end, pretty long depower stroke,

Glide phase

Short Long

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

better than 2011

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Drift

Poor Good

Keeps tension on the line

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

There are 2 reviews on this product:

North Evo 2012 07m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 28
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kitefinder.com - 28.04.2012 at 14:44 hour
Comments:
I ride the North Evo for many years now. Great kite with every year a different feeling. 2011 Evo 7m was great for the waves. Good low-end, fast turning great drift. I tried this year evo just two days ago and I didn't liked it so much in the waves. Missed the fastness, feedback and depowered steering control. It looks like the new Evo changed to a allround starters kite. Think I will go for the Fuse 2012, wave and hangtime. Great for strapless! 
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North Evo 2012 07m
Name:
Kirsty Jones 
Weight:
61 kg 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 35
Number of test sessions:
20 
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
price quality
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 10.04.2012 at 19:33 hour
Comments:
I love my Evos as I can ride nearly every conditions with just a 7 and a 9 sqm. No matter how gusty, the Evo is super stable, always predictable and just a good friend in any conditions. Especially in waves it drifts nice, turns quick and is always completely predictable.
Also for teaching the Evo is suitable even for very early beginners due to it's stability, predictability and the easy relaunch. During my Kirsty Jones Experience Progression and Wave clinics I always have to fight with my normally lovely students to get to fly my Evos... 
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