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North EVO 2018:
North Kiteboarding Trust Bar / 5th Element Control Bar Features:
The best all round kite on the market, now in a three strut format! The North Evo 2018 is a hugely popular kite for North Kiteboarding, with exceptional hangtime and huge boosting capabilities. For 2018 the EVO has completely redesigned, taking the great DNA from the previous models and using all of North's knowledge to create a truly fantastic delta shaped kite.
The goal was to keep the incredible upwind performance and huge jumps with floaty hangtime, but also to make it easier to fly. Removing two of the struts took some of the stiffness out of the canopy and improved the handling of the kite. It also reduced the bar pressure which makes it an easier and less demanding kite to fly.
With easy sheet and go handling, and incredible relaunch, huge hangtime and blistering performance is within easy reach for every kiter out there. The EVO is also exceedingly versatile, so if you are looking for a kite that can boost to the moon, handle the latest freestyle tricks and tow you into some amazing waves, the EVO is it!
When hitting the waves, the Evo wants the rider to use a proactive steering style. If you wanna boost, take to the sky with the powerful lift and incredible hangtime. If unhooking is on your agenda, the Evo delivers! With this perfect blend of Freestyle performance added to the mix, the Evo won’t ever hold you back, no matter what you´re up to. The Evo is dressed to impress so make sure you are too.
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 oldschool manoeuvres. Kiteloops feel extremely smooth, the Evo catches the rider gently after the loop. 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.
The Evo also offers excellent depower ability and quick, predictable turning and drift, ideal for the more surf-minded kiters. Whatever the day brings, you will always be prepared to take advantage of the conditions. Whether you're into stomping freestyle tricks, shredding waves, jumping, cruising or all of the above, the Evo´s got you covered.
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 a streamline strut system, these new struts allow North to control the flow of air over the kite much better. This means North can improve the kites turning speed and responsiveness and reward the rider with a much more lively feeling kite. The larger sizes have a fuller profile and this gives them a much better low end range.
Precise kite loops allow you to throw every variation of kite loop to your heart’s content. Amazing low-end power gets you up and riding in light wind and the auto re-launch lets you go for broke without a second thought of getting your kite back up; Simply let go of the bar and the kite will do the work for you!
New relaunch bungees prevent any lines from snagging on the wingtips during re-launch and construction details have been improved to prevent wear and tear.
The Evo can be flown with 4 lines or 5 giving the rider the choice to ride the kite however they desire. Depower is excellent, while the turning is direct and responsive allowing the rider to instinctively feel where the kite is in the window.Hooked in, unhooked, freeride, freestyle, small waves, monster swells, strapped or unstrapped the Evo is your ticket to ride!
Impressive light wind ability, enormous range, forgiving flying characteristics and easy bar feeling are just some of the unique features of the new North EVO 2018. Continuous EVOlution!
North Evo 4 / 5 Line control:
The North Evo 2018 can be ridden on 4 or 5 line control bars, uniting new-school and free-ride in one kite. The Evo‘s delta shape offers great sheet and-go riding, excellent wind range and high de-power.
The overall shape helps the Evo turn quickly and predictably while the new bridle geometry stabilizes the arc for a soft, consistent bar feel and extreme back-stall resistance.
The 4-line mode boasts an innovative new safety system and bar-feel prefect for those who prefer soft, easy handling.
In 5-line mode the 5th Element additionally stabilizes the arc, providing very direct bar-feel for new-school riding and the ultimate 5th line safety.
Auto re-launch means that you can go for it and never have to worry about re-launchng your kite. Just take your hands off the bar and let the kite do the work for you!
North Adaptive Tips:
For 2018 the EVO features the new “Adaptive Tip”. In recent years, there has been a trend leaning towards more reactive kites with even lighter sheeting forces than in the past. Such kites are really comfortable, lively for wave riding and offer more forgiving kite loops because they pivot around the wingtip. However, comparison tests have shown that North team riders and testers actually prefer kites with a harder bar feel because they offer better feedback, precise steering and more dynamic turning, which in turn creates more power.
The new “Adaptive Tip” allows users to easily change the sheeting force and turning performance through a simple back pigtail adjustment, allowing you to customize your kite to your desired style and feel:
The North Evo 2018 is built tough to take some thrashings and the new connection between strut and leading edge easily withstands the high loads of the delta shape.
The North Evo's precise steering response always delivers predictable and controlled jumps even if your take-off is not perfect.
The innovative Bridge Profile geometry optimizes airflow and gets you up and planing in extremely light air even when the Evo is fully over-sheeted.
This profile balances the load distribution around the leading edge which prevents the Evo from ever back-stalling and is the key to it's acceleration in light wind.
With its simple bridle configuration the Evo can be used with a four-line bar or with the North Trust Control Bar.
In 4-Line mode the Evo is ideal for everyone who favours easy water relaunch and simple handling, while the 5th Element mode additionally stabilizes the kite for optimized performance, direct handling and the best safety.
Tunable Bar Pressure:
Bar Pressure and Turn
For 2018 are the Aramid Reinforcement, added in highly reinforced exposed areas such as the Micro Batten pockets and the leading edge scuff pads. These reinforcements reduce wear from everyday use, and increase the durability and life of your kite.
Element Line with 4-Line Safety:
Air Port Valve:
In 2018, the Evo will be equipped with the brand new Air Port Valve. The valves unique construction has several advantages, but first and foremost it saves time setting up. The valve works with any conventional pump or compressor as it can be connected directly to the bayonet insert of the hose. Additionally, the air passage of the new valve makes it possible to pass four times more air than before. The valve is also suitable for both, inflation and deflation.
The new Air Port Valve can also be easily operated with neoprene gloves thanks to the large diameter. Due to its very flat construction, it also prevents line snag. The valve enables fatigue-proof inflation due to the bigger air passage. Even bigger kites will be inflated within seconds!
Self Rescue Handles:
These loops attached to the inside of the wingtips make it easier to hold the kite for body drag rescue.
High Pressure Ribs:
To the end of elminating undesired drag North have created the lowest drag ribs available.
From the low profile and correct orientation of the seams to the small overall diameter and tiny, low turbulence rib ends, the North EVO 2017 ribs are designed to reduce undesirable skin friction and wake drag to a minimum .
This material is equipped with the best possible breaking strain characteristics with the usual kite materials, and moreover, it will never delaminate.
In order to make the relaunch easier and to avoid any possible line tangling, North have added Relaunch Bungies at the kite tips.
The bungies keep the lines flying slick against the inside of the leading edge, preventing any line going over the top of the kite during the relaunch.
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Depower Control Bar
North 2018 EVO Trust Control Bar System:
The new North EVO is changing its position in the North range to be pitched between the Rebel and the Vegas 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 does.
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.
Again 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). 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 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 course kite.
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