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Drifter or Neo for a beginner?

Postby Grancio » Tue May 04, 2021 11:58 am

I am a super beginner (i cant go upwind yet), i am looking for second hand kite and I find two.

Cabrinha drifter 12m 2018 + bar at 600 euro

North neo 2018 12m with no bar at 600 euro

I ride a twin tip, I weight 83kg and my home spot is 10-20knots.

What do you suggest?

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby HALF » Tue May 04, 2021 12:03 pm

I would say get the one with the bar, I don't think there are big differences in the two models otherwise.

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby leeuwen » Tue May 04, 2021 12:23 pm

Unless you really want to get into wave riding on a directional I would personally look at something more all-round for a twintip.
Wave oriented kites like the Neo/Drifter sit deep in the window which decreases upwind performance.
Also jumping is harder to do on a wave kite with little float.
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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby Grancio » Tue May 04, 2021 12:33 pm

A friend of mine say to me that the neo is more all round than the drifter, maybe is a better choice? I am looking for a second hand Evo but i cant find at nice price.

For.now I Just wanna start and go upwind, it will be enough for me and i dont plan to do wave riding on a surfboard. But on the internet I red many opinions and some say that this two kites ar also good for freeride. But I prefer real opinion from real guys, so this is the reason for this topic.

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby leeuwen » Tue May 04, 2021 1:15 pm

These kites are both the dedicated wave kites from their respective brands and therefore are made to go downwind.
A Moto or Evo like you mentioned would be a wayyy better fit. They still have a wave background but are perfectly fine twintip kites as well.

Don't get me wrong: you can ride a true wave kite on a twintip but IMHO you will be a lot happier with something that was designed with twintip riding in mind.
In my experience a real dedicated wave kite isn't great on a twintip, difference was way bigger then I expected it to be.

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby Eduardo » Tue May 04, 2021 3:06 pm

as a beginner, you will not be able to tell the difference between these two kites.

wave kites are nice beginner kites because they are forgiving to rider error. I do agree that wave kites are not great jumpers, but it is a while until a beginner's jumps are kite limited vs. skill limited.

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby GTC » Tue May 04, 2021 4:24 pm

I would look for something more all-round oriented. Naish Pivot, Cabrinha Moto, F-One Bandit...
As a beginner you will have difficulties going upwind, so with a wave kite you will have it even more difficult.

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby Grancio » Tue May 04, 2021 5:54 pm

I red that with the "offshore" setting the drifter ability to go upwind is improved, near switchblade skill. I dont know how that is true.

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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby Slappysan » Tue May 04, 2021 7:20 pm

Grancio wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 5:54 pm
I red that with the "offshore" setting the drifter ability to go upwind is improved
Yeah, the Drifter has pretty bad upwind in the on-shore settings, and is closer to a "normal" kite in the off-shore setting. I also only use the off-shore setting because the bar pressure is too heavy in the on-shore setting.
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Re: Drifter o neo for a beginner?

Postby Blackened » Tue May 04, 2021 11:43 pm

Grancio wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 11:58 am
I am a super beginner (i cant go upwind yet), i am looking for second hand kite and I find two.

Cabrinha drifter 12m 2018 + bar at 600 euro

North neo 2018 12m with no bar at 600 euro

I ride a twin tip, I weight 83kg and my home spot is 10-20knots.

What do you suggest?
The Neo would be a slightly better option for learning out of the two, but I don't think it's 2-300 Euro for a bar difference. If I were recommending to a friend, I'd say the drifter and get something else in 1-2 years.

If you have the option for an Evo around the same price, it would obviously be better, but in reality as long as the kite is sturdy and relaunches well, that's all you need as a beginner.
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