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OVERALL RATING
4,7


03.12.2014

Best wave and freeride by Daz from South Australia

5

Pros

  • Drifting down the line of waves
  • softer feel and comfortable ride feel
  • great bar pressure and short power stroke
  • great low end power
  • feels light in the air, stays up in little wind
  • turns fast but not too fast

Cons

  • N/A

Best use

  • Wave and freeride

Comment

Its Dazza's time to finally review the 9m Neo coming off a 10m Rebel for 2 years and bigger Rebels before that, rider weight 68-70kg Yes what has happened after 7 years of Rebel Riding?? Rebels, Rebels, Rebels, they were my reliable purchase year after year but last year the introduction of the dice and riding my mates kites meant that I started to see the limitations of the Rebel in Waves. - that's all another story, my evolution with the Rebel. Tonight I got to ride my 9m Neo, I was really worried about this as it was such a leap of faith. I had also heard about bar pressure which concerned me, but here we go, I used the softer setting on the pigtails and bridle and turned the bar lines to an inward position (the North Bar allows for inside or outside adjustments, 4 line bar, last years Proseries board): 1. Bar pressure was perfectly fine, coming off the Rebel it was different, and compared more to the dice. The difference is you have a slightly longer throw than Rebel but its not far to depower, you can also feel a bit of spring and bounce on the bar from the wind but pulling the bar in and its not heavy at all, I would have actually said its quite light. You do use the depower strap a bit more just to allow a comfortable arm length in changeable wind or tracking up wind in strong conditions vs wave riding. After the 2 hour session I really started to forget I was on a different kite with bar feel, although it is slightly different from the Rebel feel. 2. Turning speed, the 9m turned fast, definitely faster than the Rebel, here again I was a bit worried off my 10m Rebel as I do like to boost and pull a few rolls etc, I thought it would be too whippy and out of control, it was still easily controllable and has a constant turning speed from the first part of the bar pull. Turning speed was perfect and it was easy to turn under power and when stalling or in lulls. Pulling transition rolls was fine and quite easy to feel the control of the kite (rather than some out of control kitelooping) 3. Boost - I love coming off the lip or hitting chop and hanging off transitions, just sit in the air, this off all things I noticed with the 2014 dice having a less boost power than the Rebel, the Rebel is the boost hang time machine, but the Neo had nice boost and hang time, no drama 4. Power, good grunt and power bottom end, I have under recommendation gone from 10m to 9m, and so far that seems perfectly fine. the wind at the start was about 25+ knots. maybe gusting to 27, obviously the 9m was super comfortable and great fun. The wind dropped to 15-20 knots and I was well powered and easily staying upwind, the kite felt nice and the bar pressure the same in gusts or light wind. the difference is just adjusting the depower strap to let the bar site where you are comfortable with it. I was keeping up wind from down wind wave riding and back up in 1 or 2 tacks, so that was very nice. The wind lulled to on and of with holes all around 15 odd knots but I was still okay and then once the wind dropped out everyone came in with no wind. I really liked the fact that when there was almost nothing the kite just sat up in the air until I was ready to land it. 5. Wave riding, the actual bomb of this kite, the drift is insane, I really pushed this kite hard turning down wind in the side onshore gusts and holely conditions, a couple of times I really thought I pushed it too far, and it would land straight in the water, but it just sat where ever I left it. the stability and drift were brilliant, that's everything really as its a dedicated wave and freeride kite so it does all that it promises there. The other thing that I started to dislike about wave riding with Rebels is that they do tend to drop if you turn down wind too far and then as they are a powerful kite if they repower up that can be a bit too much wrenching suddenly, this is yet another wave specific issue. I had the Neo slack lined and dropping and when it repowered it produces a soft reengagement, that is something that was really nice. 6. Fun feeling free riding style, this kite really does feel fun, it does not let you think at any point it will punish you for your insolence, it kind of lets you throw some moves in or out of the waves and you don't have to worry about the trucking kiteloop of overpower. 7. Relaunch, normally something I don't report on as I really almost never had any water time with kites, this thing with this kite is that as you are able to push the wave riding limits way past most other kites could even dream of, it might happen, I did test it so fat in a lull down the face of a wave with a downloop that it did land in the water, there was such little wind at that time I thought that it would be the end of the session, but in spite of the couple of small taps of white water, all I did was pull on the bar and it relaunched itself, totally so easy, that really bought a smile to my face. Super easy relaunch. The reality is that you would actually get this kite in the water more often as you can push the limits beyond what you think is possible, and then you know you can relaunch it quick as you want.


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25.11.2014

Toller Wavekite der einen Strapless schneller auf den nächsten Level bringt. by WaveBoy from Nah zu Holland

5

Pros

  • Gutes Lowend
  • Gute Steuerbarkeit bei wenig Leinenspannung
  • Sheet and go, gefällt mir sehr gut
  • Gleichmäßige Kraftentfaltung
  • Sehr gutes Bargefühl
  • Höhelaufen einfach
  • Super stabile Flugeigenschaften

Cons

  • Höhere Haltekräfte als Dice
  • Kleiner Windrange als EVO

Best use

  • Wave

Comment

Ich habe den 9er und 7er in der Welle getestet. Das fehlerverzeihende Handling, die sehr stabilen Flugeigenschaften, das Bargefühl und seine Sheet and Go Eigenschaften machen den Neo zu einem einfach, fast intuitiv zu fliegenden Kite. Bedeutet mehr Zeit um sich auf die Wellen zu konzentrieren und seine Fahrtechnik zu verbessern.


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