Railton reports on the North EVO 09!
took the new EVO 09 to this year’s
dealer meeting in Tarifa where I got to give it a spin.
out on the 10m and the 12m over two days. Winds were gusty
and varied in strength.
new North EVO is changing its position in the North
range for 2009, to be pitched between the Rebel and
under the categories of freeride/freestyle & Wave.
Jaime Herraiz has had a lot of involvement with the
development of this kite to ensure that it performs
and it really
The build is North’s usual high standard
with a new rib design that is triple stitched plus even
more reinforcement for the tips, trailing and leading
edge. The North EVO retains a centre strut unlike the
Rebel and the Rhino 09 and unfortunately the differences
continue in that the EVO does not have a 1 pump system.
Again for 09, the North EVO can be used
as a 4 or a 5 line kite. The 5th line has no function
other than added safety (not the case on the Rebel 09).
5th line usage is a personal choice; North strongly recommend
that it is used on all their kites for maximum safety.
The North EVO gives you the choice to ride 4 lines if
you surf large open beaches with reliable wind, or to
opt for a 5 line bar setup if your local spots have more
obstacles and are susceptible to gusty winds.
On the water the North EVO works well.
As expected it’s got a great wind range and the
bottom end is impressive. The bar pressure is lighter
than last years kite and gives you good feedback as to
what the kite is doing. I mentioned that the kite fits
between the Rebel and the Vegas, this means that it has
attributes of both. It is similar to the Rebel in that
is has a larger wind range, meaning a 2-kite quiver is
more viable but then its got characteristics of the Vegas
such as working well unhooked, producing solid kiteloops
and being super stable when you need it to be in those
more technical tricks.
North have addressed the needs of every
type of rider with their range of 09 kites, the North
EVO will answer the needs of many kitesurfers and could
easily become the most popular kite in the range, if
you are considering the Vegas and don’t want to
stretch to a 3-kite quiver then this could be the tool
but equally this could be your post IKO/BKSA beginner
can view more information on the North Kiteboarding
EVO 09 Kite here >>
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