You mentioned previously that the kite flies forward in the wind window but is also stable, plus you get the incredible upwind riding angles. That also allows you to fly the kite above you more on jumps, tell us about the vertical lift and the sensation of jumping with the Evo SLS.
The Evo SLS is kind of a “Bow” kite, so you get the unique characteristics of the sheet and go, if you pull the bar you have a lot of power, and if you push the bar you have a lot of de-power, you have an amazing range with this kite. When testing I would put the kite above my head at 12 o'clock in light winds thinking it would front stall, but it wouldn’t. It really works different as well in jumping, it’s hard to compare with the Rebel, both kites have amazing hang time. The Evo SLS sits so far forward in the window that when you jump very high, it usually requires you to loop the kite above your head, but with the Evo SLS the kite keeps on floating really far into the wind, it really goes above your head almost into the wind, it’s almost like having an extended wind window range. It keeps you flying for a few seconds more, it feels weird when you first try.
I think you just start improving your techniques, I have improved my technique to fly and stay in the air as long as I can and I've seen Aaron (Hadlow) improving his technique too, seeing videos where he is able to stay longer in the air! I think it’s a cool and different kite and we are going to continue to improve our riding to find the limits.
It must be an exciting time to be a rider who can push the envelope and discover these new possibilities.
Yeah! For sure we have seen a lot of changes and improvements over the past years in kites, but this is the biggest advancement in kite design I can remember. Normally we adjust the design but not so much the material, but now it’s a big change and it has good points in everything. From travelling, you have less weight to carry and they need less space in your bag to pack! You can fly the Evo SLS in almost no wind and you’re able to get huge jumps and really big hang time!
You can find out more of Reno’s opinions about the Evo SLS on his YouTube channel, tell us Reno a little more on the Episodes you have coming up.
I have filmed a couple of reviews, I have this review on the Evo SLS and I have a review coming up soon on the Dice. From my kite trips, I did a kite trip in the North East of Brazil, a road trip from Cumbuco, it’s one of the most famous and popular kite destinations. For every pro kiter that wants to improve the level, Cumbuco is where they go and that’s the place to be as it’s the best place in the world to improve. We did a road trip from Cumbuco to Jericoacoara, we stopped in the best places and we give tips on where to stay and the best spots to kite. It was a good time, I was there with Alex Neto, the Duotone rider from Brazil. He’s a great kiter and good friend! I’ve also been shooting a lot here in Union Island with Toby, we have some really cool and interesting interviews, conversations and action! I don’t need to mention what a paradise it is here! I think even if you watch the episode on mute it’s going to be worth it as this place is so amazing!