I haven't ridden the Rebel but I'm currently riding a 9m and 13m 2012 Evo quiver so I can tell you what I think about the Evo.
A little background about me: I've kited for about 3-4 years and before riding the Evo I've been riding Naish Cults and Naish Parks allthough they were great kites the Evo is the best of the three in my opinion.
3 words to describe the 2012 Evo:
- Because it has a great lowend, I've ridden 14m and 15m kites that has had alot wors power than my 13m Evo. Plus the jump on the Evo is really good, it's easy to jump high with good hangtime and still come down with good control in the soft landings.Smooth
- I can also add "stable" together with smooth and super solid in the air. No backstalling, no flutter in the wintips or canopy just rock solid. Easy
- It took me about 20min to get really comfortable with the Evo. The feel you have for the kite is great and you are in control all the time. My 2:nd session on the Evo I was so comfortable that I tryed and succeded my first "backroll kiteloop" and 2 weeks later I had learned the "handplant kiteloop". The comment about it being slow I don't agree with, I learned my kiteloops on the 13m before I did it on the 9m, on a scale from 1-10 in speed I would say 7.
The reason why I think it's so powerfull and stable is because it sits back in the window a bit, towards the power zone. And that on the other hand doens't make it the best upwind kite on the market, that is propably the only negative thing I can say about the Evo. But to clarify it's not a bad upwind kite it's just not as good as I would guess maby the Rebel or the Naish Park which I've ridden before.
I mainly just freeride and do oldschool freestyle. So the surf and wakestyle review of the kite I can't give you.
I would recommend the Evo to any of my friends, it's a fun kite that is easy to have a great time on