2020 Duotone Evo Kiteboarding Kite
2020 Duotone Evo Kiteboarding Kite
Sizes: 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14m
The best all-rounder in the Duotone range, the Evo is a favourite among many, for freeride, big air, waves and anything you want to do on the water.
The Evo has been in the Duotone line up for many years now, and in the constant search for improvement, it has become the best performing kite across all disciplines. Riders like Tom Hebert don't let kiteboarding define them, and they love to do freestyle as much as they love old school big air and foiling. The Evo is Tom's choice, as it doesn't hold him back, no matter what he decides to do. For 2020 we removed the pulleys from the bridle, this has the effect of increasing the responsiveness of the kite while still offering incredible depower. There is also a new trailing edge design incorporating a wave pattern that drastically reduces flutter and canopy wear in this critical area. The Evo can be flown as a four or five line kite, and the three-strut delta design is ready for anything you decide to do. Kiteboarding has always been about freedom, don't let other kites define you, let the Evo set you free!
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Modern Trailing Edge Design
A narrower trailing edge with a lighter combination of materials to reduce wear and to create a slicker kite profile.
Load Distribution Panels
As kite geometry improves, the canopy must continue to resist increasing forces. To spread these forces, Load-Distribution-Panels are used, holding the kite's shape even under the most extreme loads. In practice this gives a smoother and more consistent performance from the kite in any riding situation.
Heavy Duty Leading Edge Closing Seam
The leading edges of all kites are extremely durable due to a special heavy duty closing seam. The Dacron material at the leading edge is reinforced with a self sticky Insignia Tape and double stitched additionally. The Heavy Duty Leading Edge Closing Seam is resistant to very high tensions and diagonal forces.
This construction allows for a controlled distribution of forces between strut and leading edge. Struts are 100% connected to the leading edge with a flexible Dyneema line, which promotes higher canopy tension and a clean profile.
Self Rescue Handles
The self-rescue handles on the inside of the wingtips can be easily found in case of an offshore break down. They provide a good, comfortable grip while sailing back to the shore during a self-rescue manoeuvre.
The Anti Snag webbing is preventing the lines from tangling around the tip of the kite. Waterstarts are made easier and safety is increased.
These pigtails distribute the load of the line connections to the kite, minimizing the risk of fatigue, making the kite less prone to distortion and helps it to steer more smoothly.
Kook Proof Connectors
The kook proof line connection points prevent accidents by guaranteeing that you cannot accidentally connect your lines incorrectly when rigging your kite.
- BEST ALLROUNDER OF THE RANGE: An easy jumper with massive sheet-and-go qualities, offering huge depower, powerful lift and a massive hangtime. It's the most accessible kite for all type of riders.
- EASY WATER RELAUNCH: The relaunch is very fast and easy; thanks to the delta design the kite doesn't stick to the water.
- POWERFUL LIFT AND HUGE HANGTIME: Perfect for freeride performance with explosive powerful lift and huge as well as long hangtime.
- DELTA KITE: The most comfortable design with a very smooth kite profile. Upwind ability is unmatched and steering performance is very forgiving.
- THREE-STRUT DESIGN: A lighter kite boosts agility and increases responsiveness. Turning is fast and the feeling at the bar is very predictable and responsive.
- NEW TRAILING EDGE DESIGN FOR LESS CANOPY WEAR: A narrower trailing edge and a lighter combination of materials to reduce wear and to create a slicker kite profile.
Behind the Design
with Ralf Grösel
13 years in the making, the Evo remains to be the top all-round kite and a benchmark model within the brand and industry. Last Year, Ralf Grösel updated the aspect ratios of the smaller sizes for increased stability, upgraded depower performance throughout the range and discovered what he needed to increase in handling, usability, performance and jumping of the 2019 Evo.
For 2020, Ralf had the infrastructure to go for an overall performance update, exploring different methods that would ultimately open up the arena of performance potential, whilst keeping the Evo's award-winning reputation for its target audience.
WHAT WAS YOUR VISION FOR 2020?
The Evo has always been the ultimate all-round kite; an easy jumper, huge depower, stable, reactive, forgiving and with huge sheet-and-go. Those qualities and performance characteristics satisfy pretty much any rider.
Magazines worldwide say that we have unique handling characteristics in all of our kites and that's what I always have in the back of my mind when developing. That's our trademark and it's not going anywhere.
However, this year I wanted to find a way to make the Evo even more playful with enhanced aerial performance.
HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THIS AND HOW DOES IT TRANSLATE INTO PERFORMANCE?
For the first time ever, I removed the pulley within the kite bridles. This small change has a big impact on handling and in-flight characteristics. The biggest benefit is a more compact Leading Edge frame, which can hold more energy in general, resulting in much higher jumps and a more playful ride.
This is not a major design innovation, but a major design change that opened up the arena of performance potential and more specifically its characteristic within the range of allround kites.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE UPDATES FOR THIS YEAR'S MODEL?
Besides the fixed bridle, the Evo is equipped with the new TE wave patterns which are lighter, reduce flutter marks but remain as strong as the previous Dacron reinforcement.
In addition, the applied and newly developed 75 g Ripstop material has similar stretch and aging characteristics to the D3 canopy material. The reason for these updates is to have a more harmonious transition between these two materials.
I also adjusted the Trailing Edge tension to fit the new material specifications, which also created more playful, lighter model.
The profile is now more efficient in terms of upwind abilities and jumping performance, whilst the back pigtail has been repositioned due to enhanced overall stiffness and liveliness of the EVO.
WHO WILL ENJOY THE 2020 EVO?
The Evo is loyal to its target audience and the focus is always on delivering the most accessible, desirable and versatile design that leaves you wanting more.
The Evo has all the qualities and performance characteristics to satisfy anyone looking to get into the sport, all the way through to the most well-rounded rider out there. It's an easy jumper with huge depower, it's stable, reactive, forgiving and has effortless sheet-and-go. In short, the 2020 Evo just has more energy and performance.
WHICH LINE LENGTHS YOU RECOMMEND?
I recommend using a short Click Bar with 22 m lines from sizes 5 m2 to 11 m2. 12 m2 – 14 m2 Evos should be used in combination with the wide Click Bar and 24 m lines.
WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE DIFFERENT SETTINGS?
The Evo maintains its 3 highly versatile pigtails, positioned at the tip, which influence the steering and general in-flight characteristics. I always suggest you try them all. From softer to harder Feedback, from more drift to less, you can adjust it to your preferences. Or just simply use the well balanced factory setting.
2020 EVO IN A NUTSHELL.
Playful and reliable, the 2020 Evo is designed for ultimate satisfaction. Undergoing some small changes that have a big impact, this lively design is the greatest all-round and free ride formula to date. With 3-Struts, a huge wind range, superior stability, precise power delivery and responsive handling, the Evo is fun and versatile across Freeride, Freestyle and wave riding.