Duotone Evo 2019

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Duotone Evo 2019
Duotone Evo 2019

A fantastic flying machine, super efficient, easy, predictable and very populair. It sounds like it is the perfect match for almost everybody. The Duotone Evo can bring you to the next level. To a new stage, a higher level. literally. The Evo is a classic which has earned its respect with a lot of fans. It is understandable why. It is also an economical choice because its wide windrange may let you get away with a two instead of a three kite quiver. And on the secondhand market an Evo is sold easy for a good price. But there is a catch. It is too perfect. And boring. Particularly for the experienced ones coming from a more C-like kite. Those kiters will miss some excitement. If you are into more aggressive, accelerating and unhooked moves the Evo isn’t your choice.Duotone Evo 2019

Duotone Evo 2019

History

The Evo has an impressive history. Introduced by North over 10 years ago to catch up -in that time- with the F-one Bandit. We even dare to say the Evo has more than just caught up with the Bandit over time. The Evo is now the one which is often copied again.

Two years ago the Evo went from 5 to 3 struts (going down to only 3.0kg’s). Making it less bulky and a bit sweeter. Without creating a whole new Evo. Understandable because it has collected quit some fans over the years. Call it main stream, easy or friendly. But above all a kite that is accessible for everybody. Typically the words Evo and all-rounder can be found in one sentence. Usually marketeers who (need to) sell those kites don’t like such wordings, since it sounds too much like it is a beginner kite only. Fact is there is no other kite (use the style finder and find out) at Duotone which is more suitable for beginners. But calling it an beginner kite is giving it way too little credit. And there are a lot of other all-round kites which are much more limited to just beginners only. 

Test

We can elaborate about the Evo’s windrange for ages. Like how one of our 100Kg test riders could ride the Evo 9 in just 18 knots on an ordinary twintip. To his own surprise. And how he used the 9m again the next day in 30+ knots. Again with a big smile from pure joy. To cut a long story short; the best side of the Evo is the ability for many riders to get a 2 instead of a 3 kite quiver of most other kites. And cover the same windrange. Of course there is a trade-off. For example that it clearly hasn’t got the sudden powerful yank as a Dice. The force is much more gradual but also over a longer time. Which means more floating jumps. Great for some old-school board offs for example and it clearly is better for gusty conditions than most other type of kites. But as said there isn’t anything in its DNA from a C-kite. Which is a clear difference to the Dice. Everything is a bit more slower and relaxed compared to a Dice. Even the Evo’s back stalling is in slow motion.

Lines

We have to mention -again- our comments, or better expressed our worries, about the quality of the lines that come with the Duotone Evo. For the moment we advice to leave the Click bar for what it is -particularly if you kite on a sandy beach- and take the standard Quad bar. Or any alternative that can accomplish a high “Y” which isn’t easy to find. There are a few alternative options (like the one from Harlem). Positive side on the Quad bar -compared to the click bar– is that you can see the wear out. Replacing them by better ones after a couple of months isn’t difficult and make sure to get 22m and 2 m extensions to get even a wider range out of the Evo. Main issue of these lines from Teufelberger is the way Duotone has added its sleeves to those 340kg’s lines. This downgrades the strength significantly. Sometimes even down to a staggering 130kg’s only. The consolidation can be taken from the fact there at least half a dozen other brands – like Spleene, Flysurfer and Best- with bars that are very far from perfect either (and we are not the only one to say so). But there are far better options. Which is a shame because the Evo is a really good kite and deserves much better.

Duotone Evo 2019 with 3 struts and 4 battens
Duotone Evo 2019 with 3 struts and 4 battens

List price

Duotone Evo 9m (kite only) 1379,- Euro

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Bryan,
    It is one of the more common questions. Not a surprise as they are both build for the same goals and by both by big brands.
    The differences are not very big and somewhat speculative.
    In the end the Evo prevails by a margin. Because it is build slightly stronger (particularly the bridles will break much sooner at the Bandit). The low end of the Evo might be a bit better. And it is a bit more easy to get 2m extensions for the Duotone bar to make the wind range bigger (to change your 22m to 24m lines when it is really light).
    The f-one inflate is one that is very uncommon under kites. Which can be an issue if you forgot your pump and want to use it from someone else.
    Both good kites which will be with you a long time.
    ps the 9m will be to big for both of you in 30knots winds. But just skip the 26+ knots days for the first year and think about getting a 7 later on?
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  2. Hi Dave,

    Could you compare the Bandit 2019 and the Evo 2019?
    Trying to decide between these two kites brands. My wife and I are both about to start learning to kite.
    I’m 90kg and wife is 65kg we’ll be learning on Twintips in 15-30knot winds. Thinking about 12m and 9m kites.

    Duotone is slightly more expensive but both currently at a discount.

    Any advise would be appreciated!

  3. Hi Josh,
    From the bar up it is about 6m. So in your case about 18m from the end of the lines
    Dave
    We test Kites

  4. Can you measure the distance from the top of the lines down to high y split on the 24m line bar? I purchased a Evo partially based on your recommendation and love it. Just want to make sure I have my bar setup correctly. I am not using a Duotone/North bar but did purchase the Duotone Adjustable V.

  5. Hi Nicolas,
    Thanks for your compliment!
    Some answers, not all since we did not use the back to back

    which one have the lightest bar pressure? -> probably the RS but not a lot of difference
    which one have the biggest wind range and low end? -> probably Evo
    which one is the easyest for learning kiteloops? -> For sure RS
    and which one is the most fun and agile? -> for sure RS
    also about the upwind capability? -> difficult to tell

    Dave
    We Test Kites

  6. Hello guys, thanks for your work,it is very helpful to find out some honest reviews

    Could you tell me the difference beween a EVO and a RS both 2019 please? because i have to renew my setup for the 18-35 knots (so a 10m and a 7) and for freeride/old school purpose

    which one have the lightest bar pressure?
    which one have the biggest wind range and low end?
    which one is the easyest for learning kiteloops?
    and which one is the most fun and agile?
    also about the upwind capability?

    sorry this is a lot of questions 😉

    many thanks guys

  7. Hi Ran,
    we have too little Pivot experience to judge about that, sorry.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  8. Hi Ran,
    Although we haven’t ridden any of the recent Pivots in your situation we would advice the Pivot over the Enduro. The most Enduro clearly has more bar pressure. It may be quicker than the Pivot but the Pivot probably is more forgiving and better for freestyle strapless.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  9. Hi Dave

    Between the Evo enduro and Naish pivot which one would you go for if am looking for 60% hooked in twintip ( jumping rolls learning loops ) and 40 % strapless. Important feature will be low bar pressure and fast turns.

  10. I don’t want to argue with JB but at 90kg in Brazil I used my Evo 2016 with a Tona LTD in 17 knots. Girls were on 10’s but I wanted to try it. I drag it all the way to 35knots after that I have a beer on the beach, I am not a fan of 40 knot days. Again in Brazil, I had a 12m Evo 2019 and I was out where there were only surfs, hydrofoils and 17m turbine on the water. Was it an epic session…nooo. But for travelling I was doing everything from 10 to 35 knots with 13-10 and 7m Evo. 12m is a bit limit for anything fun below 14 knots, the 13m gives me down to 12 knots roughly.

  11. Hi JB,
    Sorry to hear you don’t believe it. But it is how it was; 100KG guy on a 2017 F-one Acid carbon 133*42 at side-onshore steady 18 knots in Tarifa. At the same time 50kg riders on a 9m Dice for example. Both underpowered but enough to get going up and down.
    The 9m 2019 Evo (you mention 2018) is a bit different from ’18. But probably not different enough to make it the reason you experienced differently. The Evo is not made as low-wind kite. (that is why they make the Juice). Our guess is that it has to do with the difference in sizes. We tested a 9m Evo. Which has a much better low-end than most other 9m’s. That doesn’t necessarily mean a 12 or 14m Evo can compete with real low-wind kites.
    Agree?
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  12. I have to question your comment on the 100kg tester riding a 9m in 18kts with a normal twin…….because I don’t believe it at all.
    I had a 2018 Evo quiver and those kites lacked low end of any kind. At 83kg my 14m would just start to pull me powered on a conventional twin tip (137×42) In fact I would safely say I’ve had 12m kites that had better low end than the Evo 14. Top end IS great on them, but sadly lacking in low end led me to selling the entire quiver. It was an expensive mistake to make for someone that lives and kites where the wind is variable and no low end is a deal breaker….

  13. Hi Ran,
    We did not test them back to back, but the Switchblade most probably has a more heavy bar pressure over the Evo.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  14. I broke my lines 3 times in 2 years , duotone kite’s are super , the line’s are crap !
    I had my lines replaced by dynema lines and did buy a f’one linkx bar witch you can use for all type off kite’s because you can change the hight off the V – split . The swivel on the F’one bar is way more better than the duotone one .

  15. Thanks for asking.
    Sounds like The Evo is a (bit) better choice over the Enduro.
    Also try to buy a bar with 22m +2 m extensions. This helps for the low end and if you find the kite too slow you take them off.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  16. Hi Dave,
    Thank you very much for all your independent reviews. I am a relative beginner and I am thinking about buying my first kite. I am 82kg and I will ride in 14-20 knots. I am between the duotone evo and the ozone catalyst v2, both 11m. My criteria tells me that with the ozone I may advance more quickly but the duotone will fit my needs for a longer time. The better wind range of the evo, especially at the low end, is also an issue. Thank you in advance and keep up the very good work.

  17. Hi Jeroen,
    Both. The pop is also quite a bit stronger and shorter on the Dice. A real C kite has way more slack over the Dice, but indeed on the Dice it is more than with an Evo.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  18. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your reaction. Great input. If you talk about the pop of the Evo vs the Dice: is the main difference the slack in the lines after the pop, or is the pop itself also different?

    Cheers,

    Jeroen

  19. Hi Guillaume,
    nice of you to let us know you like our work. There are some clear differences. The Enduro clearly is a more play full kite. For younger more challenging kiters the Enduro is a better choice. The Evo has a wider wind range (particularly on the low end) if on the same line lengths.
    For foiling it is a bit hard to judge. The Enduro is lighter but the shape is less efficient. Most testers where impressed by both kites. But the real -positive- surprise has been the Enduro. You do need to get used to the lighter bar pressure on the Evo (rather going back from a heavy bar pressured Enduro, if you would switch).
    Our guess would be that you won’t be more happy about the change to an Evo on your twintip.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  20. Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the reviews you do!
    Your review of the Enduro V2 made me one a buy one. How does the Evo and the Enduro compare ? Quick personal background, Intermediate rider, using mainly for freeride, jumping, and to progress to bigger hooked tricks on a twintip and for medium to light wind hydrofoiling (beginner). Any important differences between those kites for someone like me ?
    Thanks!

  21. Hi Jeroen,
    thanks for the compliment.
    The Evo changed already 2 years ago to 3 struts. And it did not really get a lot closer to the Dice. Less bulky is a softer feeling which may be translated as some what faster. Sweeter is that you have more control, it takes less effort to handle the forces.
    wave is a bit hard to judge, as we did not have directionals available and no wave kites to compare.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  22. Dave,

    Thanks for your review! Have some q’s ; ) With 2 struts less, did the evo come closer to the Dice? And you say less bulky, you mean faster? And what does sweeter mean? Next to these, what do you think about the pop and the wave characteristics? Thanks!

  23. Hi Rob,
    Thanks for letting us know and good there is no wear out. Could you share a picture of the red safety line? If possible all the way out from the iron heart up till the area where it exits the plastic tube?
    Thanks in advance.
    Dave
    We Test Kites

  24. I have a clickbar, I only kite starting from a sandy beach (North sea) no problems with wear. I do rinse the bar after each session by opening the two rubber flaps. I have used the bar for a year intensively, opened the click system last week, no sand, no wear. 👍 i really like the clickbar.

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