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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2013
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Wave freeride 3 strut 4&5 line kite

Designers goals

The Neo was a new kite in 2011 for the North Kiteboarding line up; it is the weapon of choice for the hardcore wave riders on our team. Airton Cozzolino uses it as his kite for tearing up the waves on the KSP World Tour, and just about anywhere else his travels may take him. The Neo is a simple three-strut design, offering blistering responsiveness, ease of use and a smooth power development throughout the turning arc of the kite. Because we only use three struts the Neo is incredibly lightweight, this means it drifts as you ride down wave, allowing you to concentrate on getting barrelled and getting the ride of your life. The Neo sits a little further back in the window, which allows it to drift, rather than fly backwards. This also means it performs well when depowered, steering control is maintained and the kites lively behaviour isn’t lost when it reaches the upper limits of it’s wind range. The Neo also performs impeccably unhooked, meaning it will suit whatever your style of waveriding. Should the waves not show up for your trip it can also be used for freestyle as well, the responsivesteering, smooth power development and easy water relaunch make it perfect for learning new moves! If it is a wave killer you’re after, acceptno substitute, the Neo is your kite.

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2013
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 20m - 23m - 27m
Bar length: 42cm-48cm-55cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitesurfing review North Neo 9m 2013

Kite

Easy to handle wave or freeride kite

Test conditions

Wind: 15-20 knots
Bar: 22m
barfeel setting: hard & soft
Tested line setting: 4 and 5 lines

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Conclusion

The North Neo 9m has been finetuned compared to its 2012 predecessor. Its stability has been significantly improved and the power buildup is a lot smoother, making it a lot more manageable. When comparing the entire 2013 North Series, the Neo is best put to use as a wave/freeride or even beginner kite.

Due to its decreased high end performance (less pop and lift), combined with its shorter turning circle and depower, this is a kite that is well suited for wave riding. It is stable and, depowered, is easy to control with good feedback through the steering lines. Compared to the 2013 Rebel, Vegas and EVO this kite does not compromise on workmanship either.

It should not be regarded as a slimmed down performance kite, but its character makes the Neo also well suited for lessons. Why take lessons with a wave kite you may ask? Well, a good wave kite like the Neo has a lot of stability in low winds, has good feedback, a gradual power buildup and a total depower. In more powerful wind conditions it turns into a safe and playful freeride kite for light weights and kids.

For those looking for a well balanced, not too agressive kite, the Neo is the North kite you are looking for!

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good high-end, less low-end than the other 2013 North series

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Better than the 2012 model

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Easy just pull on one of the steering lines

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

total depower in a short depower range

Safety system

Difficult Easy

4 & 5 line safety. 5 line is the safest set-up

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

In its high-end more performance than low-end. Less power building high performance than the Evo, Rebel & Vegas.

Glide phase

Short Long

Low-end

Small range Large range

Lowest power building low-end of the 2013 north kiteseries. But Stable and good controle so great for beginners, licht weights and riders with big boards volume (surf)

High-end

Small range Large range

good controle, feedback & de-power

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Shorter depower range on the bar than the Evo 2013, but always controlable

Drift

Poor Good

good drift, keeps tension on the line during downwinders

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Fast reaction, starts slowly with powerbuilding but has always pressure on the bar

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Center turn

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 5 reviews on this product:

North Neo 2013 07m
Name:
Fernandez 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
lift
 
GradualExplosive
drift
 
HardSoft
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 15.06.2013 at 22:00 hour
Comments:
I think the Neo 7m has 2 faces! Easy in its low-end, high performance above 25 knots. 25+ knots its a wild ride. Fast, explosive en big boosts. No glide but just steer the kite to stretch out your airtime. Playful performance 25+ knots, easy -18 knots.  
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North Neo 2013 09m
Name:
Martijn Abbas 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 28
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
glide phase
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 31.05.2013 at 17:23 hour
Comments:
A reliable kite, has a slow power build up and has great depower. This kite is good for beginning kitesurfers because it is easy to lose all power.  
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North Neo 2013 07m
Name:
Jorge Vera 
Weight:
73 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
boost
 
SoftStrong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 22.05.2013 at 22:24 hour
Comments:
Hi guys, for me the Neo 7m is a great kite for waves. I adjusted my board because of its low-end. (more volume) Still a great kite, fast, stable, down loops without power with its great for strapless. Thanks North, cheers! 
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North Neo 2013 07m
Name:
Danny Barnette 
Weight:
135lbs 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
up wind
 
HardEasy
kitefinder.com - 12.05.2013 at 23:53 hour
Comments:
Gear: NORTH 2013 NEO 7M, NORTH PRO SERIES 5’10’’
Conditions: Side-offshore winds 20-30mph, head high plus waves!
My first impression of the North Neo was the kite’s amazing ability to turn the power on or off by just simply sheeting in or sheeting out! The 2013 Neo has everything that you need or want in wave kite! Initially after launching the kite off the beach the immediate bar feel and responsiveness of the kite was awesome! Once out in the water and riding my first wave down the line, I was amazed at how well this kite drifted. You can park your kite, forget about it, surf the wave and the kite will just drift down the line waiting for your turning impulse on the bar! The Neo’s turning speed was no less impressive than the rest of the kite; it really pivots and turns quickly! Looping the kite down the line is easy and turning the kite when riding was effortless.
My overall experience of the Neo was great! Rarely is there is not a thing that I would change about a kite, but I would change a thing in the 2013 North Neo; It is a highly refined kite and is built for dedicated wave-slayers and entry wave riders alike! Hands down, the 2013 North Neo is THE BEST kite I have ever ridden in the waves and I would highly recommend it to any wave rider out there!
 
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12.05.2013 at 23:58 hour JasonD
Great review!
13.05.2013 at 00:15 hour stefarius
Totally agree
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North Neo 2013 09m
Name:
Graham Doyle 
Weight:
79 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 17 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 09.05.2013 at 20:47 hour
Comments:
Second Neo that I tried. The 2013 is much better than its successors. Great feedback, fast steering, stable and smooth power. Like the easy handling of the new Neo 2013 9m. I also like to ride strapless. Neo turns everywhere in the wind window. Great to play with! Love this one! 
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