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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Ease to use 3 strut SLE kite

Designers Goals

The 2012 Neo is a performance free ride kite that combines elements of the Evo, like smooth and predictable power development, with the simplicity of three struts into a stylish all-round package. The Neo’s short, round shape and pivotal turning makes it the perfect tool for tight, compact kite-loops. The reduced weight of three struts allows for comfortable “drifting” in the waves and provides excellent park and ride surfing. The Neo can be ridden on 4 or 5 lines and is an ideal kite for riders with a keen eye on simplicity and ease of use. Super durable and made with our highest quality materials and construction methods, the Neo is built to last.

2012 Bar

north kiteboarding 2012 barThe 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.


Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
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 2012 Neo is a performance freeride kite that combines elements of the Evo, like smooth and predictable power development, with the simplicity of three struts into a stylish all-round package.

Test conditions:

Wind: 18-22 knots

Water: flat, chop, small waves

Detail photos:

 North Neo 2012 bridle with one pulley thick leding edge tip north neo North Neo 2012 bridle in leading edge profile middle strut North Neo 2012

Conclusion

North Neo

We have put the North Neo and Evo side by side. To be honest, it quickly became pretty obvious to us that the Evo has seen more evolution cycles. What we missed the most in the Neo is a well balanced character. Both kites find themselves in the freeride/wave spectrum, in which turning speed, feedback, drift and depower should be considered important characteristics. Both kites turn fast (center turn). The Neo is a little more restless on the bar and in its power buildup, but in return it delivers more pop and boost. The Evo has a Delta shape and lies somewhat deeper in the wind window, whereas the Neo has a bridled C-shape.
Suitable for whom? Lighter wave/freeride performers who are looking for speed en explosiveness in their kite. Tip: test the Neo before buying, since it has a very specific character.

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

A little bit restless on the edge of the windwindow

Windrange

Limited Wide

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Shorter depower range than the Evo 2012

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower on the bar and easy and simple 4 line releash system

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Less pressure during turning,

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

small circle, loses some pressure while steering

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

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