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Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2009
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
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Delta c-shape kite with entry level and allround capability

Designers goals

The Evo is a freeride/allround kite with good characteristics for beginners. It's capability to completely depower, the large windrange the re-launchability and the feedback make it suitable for starters. Quick reaction and small circle make it a good wave kite.

Details:

Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2009
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Bar length: Shorter than 45cm
Line length: 25m
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

North Evo 9m

Test conditions

wind: 3/4/5/6 bft   12-24 knots

Conclusion

The 2009 Evo is an allround kite which is very suitable for beginners, allrounders and wave riders. We believe the Evo lacks some power for freestylers. 
It can be depowered very well, has good feedback, a short turning circle and gradual power buildup. Re-launching the Evo works great when the wind is between 12-24 kts.  with less wind it takes some effort. in the high end the Evo performs less well, in that case it is better to use a smaller kite. As far as the build quality, the 2009 Evo is known to have some problems with seams on the struts breaking.

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

large windrange. It performs great in it's low-end. The high end makes it a kite for advanced riders. When overpowered it tends to lose it's shape a bit.

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Keeps a bit of the power when flying just 4 lines.

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Stable anywhere in the wind-window. When the depower has been set-up to be too long you might tilt it too far, stop this by using the stopper ball.

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

The bar pressure increases slowly due to the deep profile, the right tuning can help decrease this. Remember this kite is a lot different than the 2008 Evo in it's high-end.

Glide phase

Short Long

Overpowered great for advanced riders. Kite is quick and can be steered in flight. Soft landings when powered.

Low-end

Small range Large range

Strong point of this kite

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

In it's low end the 2009 Evo has quite a lot of pop. Good reaction to steering.

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

The Evo tends to go deep into the window fast.

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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