mkNY wrote: ↑Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:14 pmEppo, boy do you seem to hate the 2018 gen. I ve been riding EVOs for years and yes the 2018s are different, but not dramatically IMHO.
I have only flown the 12 so far and for me it’s definitely an improvement. Lighter on the bar but still enough feedback to tell exactly where the kite is. Better drift and low end then the previous gen and most importantly easier to go vertical and slightly better hangtime/glide.
On the negative side, the 2018 seems a bit less aggressive in lift and overall feel. So people who want a more radical experience will have to switch to the dice I would assume.
Seeing 2 riders use the 2018 EVOs at the KOTA shows it can handle massively overpowered conditions and still hold its shape. Was stoked to see them use EVOs and go huge
Opinions and opinions.
I can guarantee you I and the three other guys (who I test kites with) have been riding north kites longer than you, including all the various incarnations of the evo.
Plus using the king of the air as comparative argument for a kite is seriously deluded. You ever flown a pivot? We have several times. You ever flown an epic screamer? We have nearly every generations. Couldn’t make either work.
That’s because these guys are the best of the best, are paid to ride a kite and will make just about anything work.
But... the sport is increasingly dominated by middle aged couch potato wannabe surfboard riders and mow the lawn twin tippers, so a 3 strut evo that flies off the front lines like a scared shitless rabbit makes marketing sense. And god forbid a 5 line rebel...
Hey you are happy great. They still are well built great kites. The more discerning riders though know a public R and D process when they see it.