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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Kite

Wave/freeride kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

Last year the Neo was redeveloped as a pure wave-riding kite, focusing on the qualities that riders demand in waves. The kite not only impressed the riders, but also won several magazine tests in its class. This year the kite has been completely reworked to further improve its performance. The Neo still has amazing drift capabilities, but the top end has also been improved while keeping the amazing low end. The kite has excellent sheet and go characteristics, meaning you can either dump power, or use it according to where you are on the wave and how it is breaking. This will get you out of difficult situations, but it also makes riding waves easier and flying the Neo is very instinctive. For 2015 we recommend using a kite 1-2 sizes smaller than you would normally as the low end is so impressive! The world’s best wave riders all love the Neo and when you fly one on the waves, you’ll fall in love too!

Features

  • New profiles on sizes 4-9m
  • Slightly bigger ASPECT RATIO on sizes 10-12 m
  • Better top end & Less grunty feeling
  • More depower
  • Dacron tip reinforcements

Bar

North trust bar 2015

Movie North Neo 2015

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m-22m-24m-27m
Bar length: 42-49cm & 46-56cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kite review North Neo 2015 5m, 6m, 7m, 9m, 10m and 12m

Test conditions

Water: waves and flat/ shallow water during lessons

Wind: 8 knots - 25 knots

Kite set-up: all settings

Bar set-up:< 7m short bar setting 7m or higher wide bar setting

Sizes tested: 5m, 6m, 7m, 9m, 10m, 12m

Conclusion

We taught with the Neo kites and personally I love the Neo's in the waves, especially the 6m & 7m. We think the North Neo 2015 is a real allrounder. We love the bigger ones in the lessons, the 5m, 6 and 7m kites we used them a lot for kids under 16 knots. Above 16 knots we shorten the lines and used the 5m a lot. Overall the performance of the smaller ones was a bit better than the 10 & 12m kites. The biggies were great for lessons and starters, if you look for performance characteristics like pop, lift or floaty jumps. Most instructors took their North Rebel or North Evo kites. The nice thing about the 2015 Neo is its large user and wind range!

Best size? We believe the 7m was the most used Neo, in the lessons and in the waves!

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Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

great low-end, good high-end. Watch out for the smaller sizes in highend winds. They can genarate a explosve pop.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

All the sizes had a great stability, the 5m needed +10 knots for a good relaunch (lessons kids)

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

all sizes

Safety system

Difficult Easy

good depower, easy to use safety system

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

pretty gradual

Glide phase

Short Long

The bigger sizes had the best float characteristics

High-end

Small range Large range

The smaller sizes can generate a explosive pop. Best setting? The soft setting

Low-end

Small range Large range

one of its best characteristics

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Nice, good feedback means good control. Sheet and go power

Drift

Poor Good

one of its best characteristics

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 5 reviews on this product:

North Neo 2015 07m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 25 knots up to 32
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 01.04.2015 at 22:55 hour
Comments:
After testing the 6m few month ago I was surprised by the explosive lift of the 7m Neo. Fast & explosive I would descipe the 7m. The 6m Neo was light and gentle, the 7m is more aggressive. The conditions where pretty heavy with mostly around 30 knots.  
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North Neo 2015 10m
Name:
KITE CENTER GARDA LAKE 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked, race  
Years of experience:
16 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
boost
 
SoftStrong
drift
 
HardSoft
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
price quality
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 14.02.2015 at 20:05 hour
Comments:
You have chosen the features because north is a guarantee, good material, a large neo kite easy suited to the majority of kiters
This kite is suitable for all levels, 
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North Neo 2015 04m
Name:
Kids kitetest 
Weight:
-- 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
04m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kitefinder.com - 28.11.2014 at 16:17 hour
Comments:
Kids like to play, learn fast and mostly learn by doing. In our school we see a lot of youngster and we are always looking for equipment that helps these kids learn our sport, easy, safe and playful.

This week we tested the new North Neo 4m in very light winds. The question was, should we take 4 or 5m North Neo's in our school? We go for the 5m Neo's. The 4m is too small for light wind (< 15 knots). The 4m needs more wind to generate more power and stay stable enough to play around. 5m it will be!

Go to our blog for other kite reviews for kids.
http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/blog/1412/kids-ki tetest 
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North Neo 2015 09m
Name:
Gerd 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 29.10.2014 at 10:43 hour
Comments:
The North Neo 2015 has positioned itself through its very smooth power delivery and absolute control in the turns as ideal Strapless wave kite. His forgiving handling, the bar feeling and its Sheet and Go features make it even for beginners or freeriders a good choice.

See my Blog for more. 
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North Neo 2015 06m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
06m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 22.10.2014 at 21:27 hour
Comments:
The new 2015 Neo is changed in comparison with the previous 2014 model. The new Neo is lighter on the bar with less low end power and more high end wind range. The new 6m Neo shifted in its usability in a higher wind range. That's great for the storm freaks. If you like the low end of the 2014 Neo 6m, think about testing the new 2015 7m North Neo.
Also the 2015 North bar has a new innovation, an '1 line' safety system. Total depower if you use your safety, It works great and easy to reuse your kite. I think a great new feature, especially for lighter people. Now the power is really gone after pulling your safety system
 
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