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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2018
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 03m, 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Freeride & wave riders

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The NEO is the ultimate wave riding weapon for all the riders out there who love to ride surfboards, offering excellent freeride abilities as a plus. It is the go-to kite for our pro team competing on the Strapless World Tour and the kite of choice for wave riders all over the world. For 2018 the goal was to further improve the handling and responsiveness of the kite. To achieve this, our designers had to think outside the box, and they came up with a unique concept. Special “Flex Segments” have been built into the leading edge allowing the kite to twist even more than before when turning. This has vastly improved the handling capabilities of the kite making it one of the most dynamic wave kites on the market today. The kite is also exceedingly stable in the air, with excellent drift, making it perfect for freeriding. If you want to get the most out of every wave session, the NEO is the kite for you!

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2018
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 03m, 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, 32m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 3 reviews on this product:

North Neo 2018 10m
Name:
stefarius 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
17 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 05.12.2017 at 17:17 hour
Comments:
Comparison the Neo 10m vs Evo 10m hydrofoiling. Last years the Neo would be the foiling choice. This year is different. The Neo is still the same, fast reaction, great drift & relaunch. Even in low winds, but the Evo is a great Foil contender this year. I believe the Neo is the more technical kite next to the Evo. If you like more boost and lift take the Neo, if you have technical skills the Neo is a option, maybe if you're a combination of a low wind foiling rider and high end freestyler? Pretty niche I believe but than I would go for the Neo. Further the new EVO would be the kite for foiling in 2018. So NEO or EVO for foiling? Take the Evo. http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1722/north-evo-20 18#user-reviews
 
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North Neo 2018 10m
Name:
Abbas 
Weight:
86 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 35
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 18.11.2017 at 17:44 hour
Comments:
The wind was really gusty this session. But i was supprised by the high end of this kite. with a lot of depower it's still easy to steer. I didn't test it in any waves or strapless but on my twintip and because of the low bar pressure you sometimes have the feeling you lost your kite, especially when jumping. The lift is really gradual and you can tell it's not really a kite made for jumping, it's too soft but does give you the feeling there is enough power. I really want to test it again in the waves, but for a twintip i would suggest to go for a different kite  
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North Neo 2018 07m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
18 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 11 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 22.09.2017 at 22:20 hour
Comments:
Had a two-hour session with the new North Neo 2018. Was on a hydrofoil 11-15 knots of wind slowly decreasing, 24m lines. Low-end is like all the other Neo series, great again! Further hard to feel any differences between the 2017 & 2018 NEO. Really need to test it back to back. Still, like to share the enormous low-end, great drift and low wind stability of the new Neo. 
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