KiteFinder, The kite search engine

Review North Evo 2015

« Return to search results
Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
Share:
Buy: Buy Now

Kite

Allround performance kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Evo was the standout kite for 2014 for many people, magazines rated it as one of the best all round freeride kites on the market. Whilst Tom Hebert used the Evo at the Red Bull King of the Air and boosted the biggest jump of the entire competition! The Evo has a huge wind range, no matter which size you fly, the low end is exceptionally good and the 5-strut design keeps the kite stable in high winds too. When the wind is really blowing the Evo is fantastic for huge floaty jumps with lots of hangtime. The upwind ability of the kite is fantastic, ensuring you keep your spot on the beach, no matter how big the tricks are! Unhooking with the Evo is easy and the kite offers a power delay after you pop, allowing you to perform your tricks with ease. The Evo is the unsung hero of the North Kiteboarding range, it is perfect for freeride, freestyle and waves; it will be perfect for you…

Features

  • 11m and 14m modifictaion for a better barfeel
  • fine tuning of all sizes
  • great hangtime and powerful lift
  • instant sheet and go
  • excellent upwind performance

North 2015 bar

Movie North Evo 2015 kite

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2015
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: 19m-22m-24m-27m
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

North Kiteboarding Evo 9m 2015 kitereview

Test conditions

Wind: 15-20 knots

Water: flat

Test setting: 22m line - 4 line bar

Conclusion

The new Evo 2015 has a wide range of usability for advanced riders. Tuned for hooked in and unhook and that's not a easy combination for kite designers. The short depower is one of the most prominent characteristic and it defines the new Evo. The short depower stroke is great for the transition from hooked in to unhook riding, no adjustments. But get used to the short depower feel. The Evo is explosive and will shoot you to big heights. If you don't want to drop, keep the bar close to the belly and you will glide. If you like an easy flight and longer depower range, the new North Rebel can serve you. The new Evo is more stable as the 2014 model, its really fast and explosive. A kite for advanced riders who like that aggressive & playful power.

Is the new Evo all-round? Yes, we would say; all-round for the advanced performer!

Scroll down for more details about the North Evo 2015 kite characteristics

Scoll down for more details about the kite characteristics - See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1391/best-kiteboarding-ts-2015#sthash.wzjbIj0Y.dpuf
 Scoll down for more details about the kite characteristics - See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1391/best-kiteboarding-ts-2015#sthash.wzjbIj0Y.dpuf
 Scoll down for more details about the kite characteristics - See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1391/best-kiteboarding-ts-2015#sthash.wzjbIj0Y.dpuf

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good low-end, amazing jumping high end performance

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Easy relaunch, just pull on one backline

Safety system

Difficult Easy

New 4 line safety system from north. Total flag out while pulling the safety

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

more stable than its 2014 predecessor

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Short depower stroke

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

Tune!! In a short depower stroke the evo depowers 50%. Like to glide? Tune the Evo with pressure on the backlines!

Low-end

Small range Large range

The Evo is fast turning and good power on the edge. Tune, with a bit more tension on the backlines for the best low end

High-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Explosive!!

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Sheeted great, short depower so tune the Evo right!

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

The Evo is fast! If you like fast kites, reaction is the new evo its best characteristic

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

With a short depower stroke you can tune the kite placement & power to go upwind, really nice.

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Evo 2015 09m
Name:
Martijn Abbas 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 45
Number of test sessions:
20+ 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
drift
 
HardSoft
lift
 
GradualExplosive
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 21.09.2015 at 22:45 hour
Comments:
I've been kiting the entire season with the 9m Evo. If you're gonna buy one kite size buy the 9m. It has great wind range, the low en is better than the high end but it surprised me how easy it flies in low wind and in strong winds. THe best thing about the evo is that you can feel exactly where it is and what it does. That makes it nice for freeride and some freestyle. I've used it a lot when wave riding as well. it has a nice drift and reacts pretty fast when you need it to. In my eyes this is the perfect allround kite. 
5 kudos - +

Replys to this review

Be the first one to reply, leave a comment!
Submit your reply Make your own review
North Evo 2015 12m
Name:
Kiteologist 
Weight:
65 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
durability
 
ShortLong
price quality
 
PoorGreat
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 18.08.2015 at 09:49 hour
Comments:
I have tried the kite only once in a choppy/small waves conditions.
Hangtime and boost time is awesome. Kite is well built however some part of the bar looks a little bit flimsy.
Kite is suitable for intermediate/ advance kiters  
6 kudos - +

Replys to this review

Be the first one to reply, leave a comment!
Submit your reply Make your own review
North Evo 2015 09m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 09.11.2014 at 19:43 hour
Comments:
The North Kiteboarding agent told me that the new Evo isn't really different. After a few sessions I think I like this new Evo more than the 2014. It's more stable, fast and has a really explosive lift. The de-power range is pretty short and in a range of 20 cm you lose a lot of power, so tune the Evo! The new Evo has a wide wind window with good power on the edge (sheeted) and therefore easy to go upwind.
So at the end this new Evo is tweaked on the most important characteristic! It's more stable as the 2014 model, still really fast, short turning and generate explosive power. 
22 kudos - +

Replys to this review

Be the first one to reply, leave a comment!
Submit your reply Make your own review


Write your own review