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TKB Review: 2014 NORTH Evo

NORTH-EVO-2014-GEAR-REVIEW-01NORTH Evo
Sizes Available: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10m

North Says:

The Evo is the ultimate all round kite in the North Kiteboarding range and a completely new interpretation of a freestyle/freeride kite. The Evo is at home no matter what the conditions. The kite can be flown on 4 or 5 lines and feels like an easy to use C-Shaped kite in terms of its handling. It has a smooth predictable nature and direct and responsive turning characteristics. The hangtime and lift delivered when jumping is impressive, the kite really accelerates through the window to generate huge amounts of power and lift, perfect for old-school maneuvers. It is exceedingly stable in the air, making it great for freestyle and waves too. Hooked or unhooked the Evo responds perfectly to rider input on the bar in a predictable manner. Due to the 5 struts, the Evo is stable even in biggest gusts or steering mistakes.

If you don’t want to be tied down to a certain style of riding, you need a kite that can deliver on all levels, the Evo is that kite.

Visit for more info: http://www.northkites.com/products/kites/evo/

Our Testers Say:

“If I was stranded on an island with only one kite, I would choose the Evo 10m. It’s an A+ quality kite that responds to rider input immediately,” Laird Davis.

“Simple bar system with nice drift for surfing, great depower and fast turning but a little less hang time than the Dice,” Eric MaCauliffe.

“Not as much low end as last year but turns fast and drifts well while sitting a bit deeper in the window,” Davey Beard.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The Evo is a 5-strut medium aspect kite that North markets as their all arounder which excels in freeride, freestyle and waves. We tested the Evo as four-line kite (it can be rigged in a five-line configuration). The Evo features North’s large diameter inflation valve that connects directly with the standard pump hose without the use of a nozzle. The inflation system’s hand operated twist valve is easy to use and makes inflating and packing up quick and easy. Testers commented on the Evo’s medium bar pressure as finding the perfect balance between feedback and comfort. Testers found the Evo’s steering response direct and the kite’s overall boost and hangtime good. Testers praised the Evo’s stable and responsive performance, ability to drift downwind, predictable power through pivot style turns and good upwind ability. Testers recommended this kite for riders of all levels as an excellent freeride kite that will work well in the waves.

NORTH-EVO-CONTROL-BAR-2014-GEAR-REVIEW
The EVO came with the Quad Bar which features a push away quick release, above bar depower cleat, sliding stopper, single center line safety depower, hand operated quick release swivel and adjustable length bar ends (42, 49cm or 46, 53cm). North has done an excellent job of integrating tons of functional and innovative features while keeping the design clean and the overall weight down. Testers praised the comfortable grip and soft integrated bar floats, as well as the clean internal design for adjusting outside line lengths. The center lines were easy to untwist by hand just above the quick release and the shorter throw keeps the controls within reach and covers the full power range of the Evo for a compact and crisp bar setup.

Visit for more info on the bar: http://www.northkites.com/products/bars/quad-control/

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