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TKB Review: 2013 North Evo

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North Evo
Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14m
Sizes Tested: 10m

North Says:

The ultimate all arounder, the Evo from North Kiteboarding is the kite to own if you change your riding style as often as you change your clothes! Jaime Herraiz needs no introduction as a rider, he excels at freestyle, freeride and wave kiting, and the Evo is his choice. Tom Hebert competed at the top level of the sport in freestyle, is also known for boosting huge old school moves and shredding the waves, naturally the Evo is his choice too. The kite has a smooth, predictable feel that riders fall in love with, the power delivery is progressive and the kite feels more like a C kite than the delta hybrid that it is. This year the Evo incorporates the new adaptive tips and also our streamline strut system, these new struts allow us to control the flow of air over the kite much better.

Our Testers Say:

“Super easy to relaunch, responsive, and great hang time. Great kite. I rode it really overpowered and it stayed very stable,” Kirstyn O’Brien.

“Awesome. Sat a little deeper in the window than the Rebel. Lots of power, very stable and steady, great jumps,” Davey Beard.

“Lots of power, I’d almost say you could ride one size smaller than normal. Good jumps and very easy to relaunch,” Joe Bharat.

“Great power, great control, got some of my biggest jumps ever on this kite. Easy relunch. I want one,” Pat O’Connor.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2013 North Evo is a 5-strut mid-aspect delta-hybrid kite and is targeted as the all-around kite in North’s line. The rear bridle has hard and soft settings to change the overall feel of the kite. Our testers commented that the Evo is very stable, has medium bar pressure, and is very easy to relaunch. The testers also reported medium turning speed, great low-end power, and very good jumping performance.

Our testers felt that the Evo is a very fun and easy kite to fly that a lot of riders will immediately feel comfortable on. Compared to the North Rebel the Evo sits back in the window a little more and gives up a little upwind performance.

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The Evo uses the North Trust Quad Control bar, which received a big update for 2013. It features a push-away quick release, below-bar swivel, above-bar depower cleat, and adjustable stopper. It is adjustable from 46-54cm to accommodate different kite sizes and is so easy and quick to adjust that it can be done while riding. Also new for 2013 is a plastic center hole insert to help prevent depower line wear.

Pros:

  • Very easy-to-use versatile kite.
  • Great wind range.
  • Great jumping performance.

Cons:

  • Battens make it difficult to pack the kite small.

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