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OVERALL RATING
4,7


21.05.2015

Bought it for waves but loving it for all around kiting. by LDHR from Hood River

4

Pros

  • Rips upwind with ease.
  • Handles like an Italian sports car.
  • Drifts downwind. Refuses to stall or drop out of t
  • Easy to rig and tune.
  • Sheet in and go or sheet out and drift.
  • Totally suprised how well this kite boosts!

Cons

  • N/A

Best use

  • Fantastic in the waves.
  • Fast and efficient for upwind/downwind cruising.
  • Freeride and boosting.

Comment

I switched to the NEO from another brand because I wanted a wave oriented kite for ocean waves - Maui, Baja, Pacific coast from Oregon to California.
I wanted a kite that did 2 things well.
1. Drift downwind while I surfed the wave in side or side off conditions.
2. Fast handling for sending the kite to get power when doing bottom and top turns in side on conditions.
This kite does both those tasks well - but it surprised me how well if rips upwind and jumps. I love boosting with this kite.
Finally - it's a thoroughly modern kite with a great control bar.... easy to rig and tune.
Sheet in for power. Sheet out for instant depower.


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17.05.2015

Excellent kite for wave riding & freeride: try it out by Layne J from Amsterdam

5

Pros

  • Drift: no worries ripping waves down the line :)
  • Low end: incredible power compared to other kites
  • Fast: very responsive on the bar
  • Predictable: solid feel also in strong winds
  • Quality build all over: strong, durable, looks

Cons

  • High end: powerful = smaller size on windy days

Best use

  • Wave riding :) :) :)
  • Freeride: girlfriend loves the Neo on twintip too

Comment

Happy riding the 2015 Neo in size 5, 6 and 7 for more than six months now. I weigh 75 kg and only ride on wave boards strapped or strapless. Kited the Neo at many spots. From big waves in Capetown to smaller waves on the Dutch coast.
I highly recommend the Neo to anyone looking for a powerful, responsive wave kite. Rock solid feel, fast steering, super drift and powerful. But the Neo is not only for waves: my girlfriend rides the Neo on her twintip and absolutely loves the smooth feel of the kite. Overall quality is excellent. Be aware of the Neo's power when you choose your kite sizes. North recommends 1-2 sizes smaller than your current kite. I did just that coming from 2013 Neo's in sizes 7 & 9 and it turned out perfect.
Note: I am not sponsored by North in any way. I was a happy owner of Naish, Slingshot, Airush and Ozone kites before. But now I will definitely stay with North Neo for some time. Try one your self. Good winds everyone.


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