Reno Romeu: My impression of the new Evo for 2022 is that it is very, very good. It’s a kite that I really like to ride. It’s the kite that is more the style that I like, this year the kite gives me more feedback on the bar, so I can rely on it much more. For the tricks that I'm doing, it's really nice to have more bar pressure, so I can still feel the kite and where it is. It doesn't matter if I'm upside down or backwards, I can always feel the kite with the new Evo. This helps me to pull out technical tricks. Also the kite turns in a way that is more progressive, which also gives you more confidence to throw nice kite loops. It's a really versatile kite. You can do anything on it, you can jump super nice, you can loop it, you can wave ride and it's nice for foiling as well. It’s basically the same Evo, but even more reliable. On the feeling at the bar, you can trust the kite, especially in the loops, the bar pressure is a little heavier than before, which is nicer to have more feedback so you know where the kite is at all times.
"it's my kite of choice... you can do everything"
Tom, you've also been doing some freestyle on it to tell us how it feels for that.
Tom Hebert: Yeah, for sure, I do a bit of everything, that's why I really like the Evo, you feel the feedback of the kite, you don't need to look at it every time, you just know where it is. That's why it's my kite of choice. When compared to the other models, you can do everything. When you don’t feel like jumping high or doing old school you can do some freestyle, waves or foiling which is nice to have a kite that you can do all of that.
So you’ve both had the Evo and Evo SLS for a little while now. How would you compare the two Kites? Let's start with you, Tom.
Tom Hebert: They are pretty similar in feel, but I feel like the Evo SLS is slightly better for my style because of the faster response. It's hard to compare both kites because they have different materials. The SLS is much lighter, so it will be much better in low wind. But both kites are very good.
One of the big features of the EVO that people really love is the sheet and go, does it still have this?
Reno Romeu: Yes, the sheet and go is amazing and makes the Evo a really easy kite to learn on. I think if I could choose any of the Duotone kites to put someone who just learned to kite, I would definitely give them the Evo, because the sheet and go is so amazing and it's nice and easy to relaunch, also, the price is not as high as the SLS for example. It's a nice investment in the beginning and then after you improve, you might want to get something more extreme if you want to have even better pop or faster shooting up in a jump. At that point, if you try the SLS you're going to be like, okay, I want the SLS, but I think it's a really nice all-rounder to progress with fast.
It’s also a great choice if you're not sure what discipline you want to focus on or even if you are a rider who does it all, it’s a really nice kite to just keep riding for hours. Foiling, loops, jumps or freestyle, the Evo does it all. It flies forward in the window which makes it great for going upwind, it gives you a good angle and sits there in front of you when you are doing a downwinder, so it's just a really great all-around and complete kite.