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Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2010
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 07m, 09m, 12m
Type: SLE
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SLE Allround/Freeride kite with 3 struts

Designer Goals

A high quality and simple allround kite. The Neo was made for easy use. Easy re-launch and predictable behaviour. This basic kite has three struts and a compact shape made for durability, You can choose between a 4 and a 5 line setup.

Kite features and characteristics according to the designer

* Allround performance
* 3 Struts
* Direct bar feedback
* A lot of depower
* Easy re-launch
* 4 and 5 line safety

 

Details:

Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2010
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 07m, 09m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: 46cm-55cm
Line length: 24m
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Who is the kite meant for?

The NEO was put in the market for the riders that are looking for a basic kite and good value for their money. The kite is straightforward and the handling is easy. An allrounder will like the NEO for it's fast reaction, depower and stability.

Off-water

The NEO does not come with a lot of fancy features, it is a straightforward kite with a high quality finish. Reinforcements on the vulnerable places have been put in place to prevent wear. The NEO is a three strut kite and comes with the 2011 Truster bar (like the other 2011 kites by North Kiteboarding). You can choose between a 4 or a 5 line setup.  In case of the four line setup there is a pocket in the leading edge to tuck away the 5th line.

On-water

When riding the NEO gives a lot of feedback when it is at the edge of the wind-window, you know exactly where the kite is in the window.  During gusts the bar pressure increases, but the power buildup in the kite is gradual and predictable. The feedback makes it very suitable for beginners.
In a light wind session the NEO performed just fine, the kite turns quickly and builds up the power directly but still very predictable.  The low good end does have as a result that it performs a bit less in the high end. In particular the riders who like to ride unhooked will notice that the sweet spot is not great.

Conclusion

The NEO is an entry level kite. The kite is easy to use and this is where the kite scores best. A lot of feedback, gradual buildup of power, quick reaction to steering commands in combination with rather large turning circles give the rider enough time to anticipate and this is exactly what beginners need.
The Neo could also be suitable for wave riders because of the reactive steering and the good low end, but the large turning circle is a characteristic wave riders are less thrilled about.  Also, the drift of the kite (gliding along with the wind when there is no pressure in the kite and the kiter is riding a wave) is too slow, therefor the kite needs to be steered constantly (this effect is increased when riding 20M lines).

The Neo is a great kite for entry level riders and beginning wave riders. Freestylers and specialists (like speed kiters) will run into the kites limitations and might want to look for a different kite.

Test results in detail

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Low-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Going upwind

Hard Easy

There are 4 reviews on this product:

North Neo 2010 12m
Name:
peter 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
30 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 22.01.2014 at 21:07 hour
Comments:
great kite for beginners, easy to fly, quick steering. 
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North Neo 2010
Name:
MATT 
kitefinder.com - 01.12.2010 at 11:00 hour
Comments:
Its a great kite albeit not that performance orientated having only 3 struts in all sizes
However , I tried one out in Mauritius for the 2011 NKB dealer meeting and really liked it !
It has a C kite feel with good depower - feels spongey which gives the kite a real lively feel through the bar and its not bad in waves either .
Would suggest it to North fanatics on a small budget 
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Name:
stef 
kitefinder.com - 19.10.2010 at 10:10 hour
Comments:
Hi, what I understand is that North made the Neo is a low budget step-in kite for a wide group of kitesurfers. 
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North Neo 2010
Name:
Baasb 
kitefinder.com - 18.10.2010 at 23:14 hour
Comments:
Why is this kite build guys? North always has a big range, why a new kite? 
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