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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2011
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
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North's 4/5 line allround delta kite

Designers GoalsNorth Evo 2011 Compass

The North Evo has gone through quite an Evolution from the time it was introduced in 2008.  Where it began as a beginner kite in 2008, the 2011 Evo was designed as a one-pump all-rounder.
To enable the rider to see what to expect from a kite North uses a kite compass, which gives you a quick overview of the general characteristics.

Using the Compass, the Evo shows strong stability (light blue) and good all-round performance by scoring high on many other characteristics.
The Evo tries to combine the ease of use and depower of a hybrid kite with the unhooked characteristics of a C-Shape kite. The Evo should provide basics like an easy relaunch, stability and gradual predictable power buildup and a good low-end. The larger sizes in particular should perform well in low-wind conditions.

Bar

bar north 5line 2011Still one step ahead, the fifth edition of our tried and tested 5th Element Bar is possibly the most effective and trustworthy safety system on the market. 2010 nearly any Kiteboarding magazine declared it the test winner. The Iron Heart VI requires minimal release forces and is not affected by harsh sand and saltwater conditions. The double de-power line in combination with the Sliding Stopper and Stopper Ball ensures that the bar is always where you want it to be in all situations. Our small, lightweight Vario Cleat allows you to quickly and easily adjust it to your desired de-power stroke while the system automatically trims your lines to the perfect length. If the dangling trim line has ever interfered with your flow in the past, you can now forget about it focus on your riding: Simply Velcro the dangling portion to the stopper ball so it’s never in your way. The Micro Loop is no longer an integrated feature, but for those who like the comfort of riding with fixed power, the system can quickly and easily be fitted.
Riders of all skill levels, from newcomers to pros, will benefit from the simplicity and functionality of the new 5th Element Bar Trust Bar and Iron Heart IV.

D2 special canopy material

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2011
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
Bar length: 46cm-55cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

What is the kite for?

2011 EVO compass

Stability and all-round characteristics are prevalent in the 2011 North Evo (light blue). According to the designers the Evo performs well on a number of characteristics. The Evo promises ease of use and depower ability of a hybrid kite combined with the unhooked characteristics of a C-Shape.  Basics like the easy re-launch stability and predictable power buildup are complimented by a good low-end.  The larger sizes in particular should perform very well in low-wind conditions.

2011 Evo detail pictures

Bridle on leading edge evo 2011 D2 techno canopy Deflator pin One pumpSafety Swivel

 

Conclusion

Soon after we started testing we noticed that the Evo 2011 has changed from the 2010 model. It offers more performance, is more explosive, has more de-power and positions itself closer to the edge of the wind window. The feedback through the steering lines and the small turning circle has remained.

The long depower stroke of the 2010 Evo has been replaced by a shorter stroke, so it is easier for wave riders and riders with short arms. This shorter stroke, however, does give it a different feeling than last years model.
The 2011 model is a bit less stable than its predecessor.  The loss in stability was caused by the change in profile.  This change, however, does offer more range and more depower. Don’t worry, the kite will not drop from the sky in gusty conditions, it is still extremely stable.

The canopy has been made of a new material called D2.  Because the material will stretch less the kite is supposed to be more durable, but only time will tell if this is true. The 2011 Evo comes with a one pump system.

The 2011 Evo will appeal to advanced riders because of the explosiveness and the abundance in pop and control.  Compared to the 2010 model you will get a better high end and therefore a larger wind range.
The change in profile changed the way this kite feels.  Give the 2011 Evo a try and feel the facelift!

Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Super safe when using 5 line system. When using a 4 line bar the kite will not fully depower when using the safety.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

A bit less stable than the 2010 Evo. Possible due to changed angle of attack (struts/leading edge) The Evo now also positions itself closer to the edge of the wind window.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Better than last year. More at the edge of the wind window, likely due to changed angle of attack.

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

More explosive lift, less glide phase than 2010 Evo

Low-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

More explosive than 2010 Evo

High-end

Small range Large range

More high end than 2010 Evo

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

A bit less than last year, in part due to shorter depower stroke.

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Excellent

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 11 reviews on this product:

North Evo 2011 10m
Name:
Peter 
Weight:
82 
Riding style:
allround, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 11 knots up to 27
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
windrange
 
LimitedWide
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
price quality
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 06.04.2012 at 09:44 hour
Comments:
All allround kite, for beginners and advanced boarders.

 
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North Evo 2011 09m
Name:
Stefan Zijlstra 
Weight:
92 kg 
Riding style:
allround, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
15 
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
price quality
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 05.04.2012 at 15:16 hour
Comments:
This kite is great for beginner and allround riders. in my opinion its suitable for 60-70% of the kiters because of it's simplicity. easy to handle, great for beginners but not too soft for a intermediat freestyle rider.
From practising your first waterstart to the first handlepasses. It is possible with the North Evo.


The new D2 foil is very strong. Even if you have a small hole in the material. Just put a little sticker on it and you're going to be safe for a long time. Just because of the double lined foil of North.


Bar: The 2011 bar is just great as usualy. In my opinion one of the best, maybe the best safety system on the market. With a nice possibility to ride the kite unhooked with the possibility to pull your safety.


Conclusion:
A easy to set up kite with a good durability. The only disadvantage is that the kite comparatively is quit expensive. If you can find it second hand or on year, you're doing a great deal. 
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North Evo 2011 07m
Name:
Seba 
Weight:
67 kg 
Riding style:
wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
15 
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 05.04.2012 at 12:09 hour
Comments:
-medium bar pressure ( much lighter than the 2010 evo)
-great for kiteloops
-suitable for beginners to experts
-good unhooking riding (far more better than the 2010 evo)
Critic:
In it's high-end (for me with my 7m at 30 knots) the kite becomes fastly overproportional strong and dangerous. Even though you fully depower it, walking upwind you riding becomes nearly impossible!
-for storm riders the Fuse is a better option!
 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
stef 
kitefinder.com - 21.06.2011 at 18:29 hour
Comments:
Evo 7m 2011 on 19m lines is fast, great set for waveriding. Loses in low wind performance from the 2010 Evo but a better high-end. 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
hernandez101 
kitefinder.com - 22.03.2011 at 09:15 hour
Comments:
Check: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/931/north-evo-201 1 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
david hardy 
kitefinder.com - 21.03.2011 at 17:43 hour
Comments:
how much does the 2011 EVO cost ?? 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
Koen 
kitefinder.com - 18.02.2011 at 16:41 hour
Comments:
I have a 9 and 12m evo 2011.

One pump looks very good.

Kite feels a bit lighter on the bar as the 2010.

I only used the 9 two times in the cold, so I will share my views on the kite when I had some more time on it.. 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
hernandez101 
kitefinder.com - 25.01.2011 at 09:42 hour
Comments:
Do you mean with newschool the unhook kind of freestyle? Handle passes with kiteloops?
We teach with them for the last years. Why?
Good feedback, stable, good relaunch, graduate power buillding en short turning circle.

The Evo evolved the last years in a more high performance kite, but still we use it in lessons, because of the performance from the above charasteristics.

2011 I did not try! 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
seba 
kitefinder.com - 23.01.2011 at 21:03 hour
Comments:
I know the cabrinha one pump system, it's very easy to use and efficient, you can somehow block the air pressure to the struts it's difficult to explain...

now my question:
Is the EVO a good freestyle/newschool kite ? 
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North Evo 2011
Name:
stef 
kitefinder.com - 08.12.2010 at 22:33 hour
Comments:
Nope, not yet! 
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TonyDavis 
kitefinder.com - 06.12.2010 at 20:19 hour
Comments:
Always ride the evo's, I understand its one pump now, how does it look like? Someone already some experience with that one pump system? 
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