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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Allround 5 strut 4 or 5 line kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Evo is the ultimate all round kite in the North Kiteboarding range and a completely new interpretation of a freestyle/freeride kite. The Evo is at home no matter what the conditions. Tom Hebert competes in wave and freestyle events, as well as freeriding all over the world on trips. He choses the Evo as his kite, knowing that no matter where he is, or what type of riding he is doing the Evo will deliver. The kite can be flown on 4 or 5 lines and feels like an easy to use C-Shaped kite in terms of its handling. It has a smooth predictable nature and direct and responsive turning characteristics. The hangtime and lift delivered when jumping is impressive, the kite really accelerates through the window to generate huge amounts of power and lift, perfect for oldschoool manoeuvres. Kiteloops feel extremely smooth, the Evo catches the rider gently after the loop. It is exceedingly stable in the air, making it great for freestyle and waves too. Hooked or unhooked the Evo responds perfectly to rider input on the bar in a predictable manner. Due to the 5 struts, the Evo is stable even in biggest gusts or steering mistakes.

  • Direct & responsive steering
  • Easy unhooking abilities
  • Extremely stable
  • Good hangtime and powerful lift
  • Sheet & go power delivery
- See more at: http://www.northkites.com/products/kites/evo/#sthash.qHNWhdVv.dpuf
  • Direct & responsive steering
  • Easy unhooking abilities
  • Extremely stable
  • Good hangtime and powerful lift
  • Sheet & go power delivery
- See more at: http://www.northkites.com/products/kites/evo/#sthash.qHNWhdVv.dpuf

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Movie North Evo 2014

The Evo is the ultimate all round kite in the North Kiteboarding range and a completely new interpretation of a freestyle/freeride kite. The Evo is at home no matter what the conditions. Tom Hebert competes in wave and freestyle events, as well as freeriding all over the world on trips. He choses the Evo as his kite, knowing that no matter where he is, or what type of riding he is doing the Evo will deliver. The kite can be flown on 4 or 5 lines and feels like an easy to use C-Shaped kite in terms of its handling. It has a smooth predictable nature and direct and responsive turning characteristics. The hangtime and lift delivered when jumping is impressive, the kite really accelerates through the window to generate huge amounts of power and lift, perfect for oldschoool manoeuvres. Kiteloops feel extremely smooth, the Evo catches the rider gently after the loop. It is exceedingly stable in the air, making it great for freestyle and waves too. Hooked or unhooked the Evo responds perfectly to rider input on the bar in a predictable manner. Due to the 5 struts, the Evo is stable even in biggest gusts or steering mistakes. - See more at: http://www.northkites.com/products/kites/evo/#sthash.qHNWhdVv.dpuf
The Evo is the ultimate all round kite in the North Kiteboarding range and a completely new interpretation of a freestyle/freeride kite. The Evo is at home no matter what the conditions. Tom Hebert competes in wave and freestyle events, as well as freeriding all over the world on trips. He choses the Evo as his kite, knowing that no matter where he is, or what type of riding he is doing the Evo will deliver. The kite can be flown on 4 or 5 lines and feels like an easy to use C-Shaped kite in terms of its handling. It has a smooth predictable nature and direct and responsive turning characteristics. The hangtime and lift delivered when jumping is impressive, the kite really accelerates through the window to generate huge amounts of power and lift, perfect for oldschoool manoeuvres. Kiteloops feel extremely smooth, the Evo catches the rider gently after the loop. It is exceedingly stable in the air, making it great for freestyle and waves too. Hooked or unhooked the Evo responds perfectly to rider input on the bar in a predictable manner. Due to the 5 struts, the Evo is stable even in biggest gusts or steering mistakes. - See more at: http://www.northkites.com/products/kites/evo/#sthash.qHNWhdVv.dpuf

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 10m-17m-20m-23- and 26m
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 5 reviews on this product:

North Evo 2014 09m
Name:
JasonD 
Weight:
85 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+5 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 06.02.2014 at 11:37 hour
Comments:
Ride the Evo for years now. Actually, I grow up with this kite. Had lessons with the Evo 2008 when it was a beginner kite. Kites evolve and I grew up with it. The last serie is a high end kite. I take the 12m in light wind but I think a 14 was better. The 9 in 5 bft until a big 6bft. Here lies the strength of this Evo. Big jumps, easy upwind, big jumps, easy upwind. Enjoy! 
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North Evo 2014 08m
Name:
Surfphips 
Weight:
79 
Riding style:
wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 29
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
08m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
up wind
 
HardEasy
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 22.01.2014 at 22:33 hour
Comments:
I tested the Evo 8m² in Tarifa in different conditions. I tested with the 5th line bar. And I really love agile kites.
First of all, the orange/red design is really hot!
In the fast setup it is a good kite for nearly everything. Flatwater for freeriding and boosts, or for waveriding. (I haven't tried unhooked yet)
It reacts fast and directly, generates speed and you can really boost some nice airs.

I like to carve in the waves, and this is, what you really can do with the 8m² Evo. The power it delivers is easy to control, the kite also drifts nice in the wide carved turns, or even when you go down the line. Not as much drift as the Dice, which I tested in 7 and 9, but surely enough, if you move the kite a little.

The Evo is a good compromise for Freeride / Oldschool and Wave. I haven't tried unhooked yet.

If you have the chance to test it, do it!



 
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North Evo 2014 09m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
windrange
 
LimitedWide
boost
 
SoftStrong
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 19.01.2014 at 17:50 hour
Comments:
For our school, we tested the Evo next to the Neo 2014. First, we tested them in low wind. The Neo had a better low end, more feedback and power. We thought we would go for the Neo. But the big question was how would the Neo reacts in more wind. Is the power still controllable? Well, we found out in moderate winds that the new Neo is pretty strong. Generates a constant grunt (pull) with a pretty gradual but strong lift and boost. Something its great for a good all rounder but can be scary for a beginner.
For a starter kite you like a kite with good feedback & power control on the edge of the wind window (Evo cons light wind, pros in moderate wind). The Evo is a higher aspect ratio kite. It generates power in its flight lines, that means you need a bit more kite feel and control than a sheet and go kite as the new Neo. Kite feel is what lacks most of the beginners, so we prefer the Neo for starters. The Neo had the better stability, feedback and ease of control in light wind. But if the wind picks up we will changed the kites earlier to the 7m sizes!
Don't throw the Evo away, this kite is great for moderate and high winds jumps. Especially for more experienced & light weight riders. 
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North Evo 2014 09m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 12.01.2014 at 11:54 hour
Comments:
For the kiteschool we just tested the new Neo and Evo 9m in underpowered conditions. This size we use a lot and a 9m or 10m kite is mostly the first kite size people buy in our region. Last season we had the Neo but we got a hint about the new Evo so we started a comparison.
The Evo is a higher aspect kite than the Neo, that makes the Evo a little bit less stable with less power on the edge of the wind window. The feedback & low-end of the Neo is better. So for the lighter wind conditions we still go for the Neo but how will the Neo 9m perform with more wind? Soft or a more explosive power? How long will the Neo hold its total depower (bar away power gone) comparable with the Evo? We have not tested it yet in those conditions. If so, we will leave a small test behind. 
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26.01.2014 at 08:57 hour Gavin
How does it compare to the Fuse?

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Gav
04.02.2014 at 13:36 hour Stefarius
Hi Gavin, it flies pretty much the same as the Fuse 2013.
08.02.2014 at 19:18 hour Koen
How does it behaves when unhooking? I like to do some unhooked rolls and spins, nothing to fancy. Does the bar pressure becomes to much like it did on the 2011 evo?
29.03.2014 at 15:11 hour stefarius
Hi Koen, the new Evo is different than the 2011 Evo. Less Delta shape. Test it you will feel the difference immediately
25.06.2014 at 15:43 hour Ian
Hi I am just starting off and very confused but i think I have rounded it down to the neo or evo 2014 but I still can't decide just because the neo is more of a wave kite and I would like to do free style and jumps but then the evo has bad low end and is not as stable as the neo .could you please give me some advice before I spend a lot of money and what type of quiver should I get 7-9-12 I weigh 12 stone and live in the north west England thanks Ian
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North Evo 2014 12m
Name:
Kitecentre Zanzibar 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+5 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 17
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kitefinder.com - 21.12.2013 at 14:23 hour
Comments:
The Evo is playful and powerful, The hang time is increased and great for old school, what you notice is that the drag is less then before. So staying upwind is easier and the low end is better. Overall a great kite, the only thing... it's difficult now to make a choice between the great Dice and new Evo :).
For an all-round kite, orientated at free ride and freestyle, the best choise. Personally I thinks it's my kite for the season, great hang time, all-round & playful.

Total review see on http://kitecentrezanzibar.com/en/blog/164-north-evo- 2014-review 
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