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Duotone Evo vs Evo SLS 2021 - Kite Review

Postby Toby » Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:50 pm

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Re: Duotone Evo vs Evo SLS 2021 - Kite Review

Postby Leon van Bergen » Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:06 pm

It may be up to me but to me the SLS feels like less for more..
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Re: Duotone Evo vs Evo SLS 2021 - Kite Review

Postby Havre » Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:35 pm

I love the kitefinder-reviews. One out very few that try to objectively compare kites.
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Re: Duotone Evo vs Evo SLS 2021 - Kite Review

Postby dracop » Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:00 pm

Like the approach to testing, please do not waste time on bag unwrappings.

I have an 8m Evo 2020 I have taken out in wild gusty winds 35-45kts, it seriously stresses the frame altho the kite holds up. In those conditions the SLS stiffer frame would help alot. In light winds foiling in butter, just an unnecessary expense. Overall that 2020 Evo feels like the designer was pushing the limits of the classic dacron/ripstop combo and needed steonger materials to work with, so SLS a natural fit.

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Re: Duotone Evo vs Evo SLS 2021 - Kite Review

Postby purdyd » Mon May 10, 2021 3:25 pm

I just received my 8m evo sls. I can only comment on weight for now

2020 8m evo 2.78 kg
2021 8m evo sls 2.35 kg

I did fly a 9m neo sls, felt like the old neo to me. Still felt a bit heavy on the bar but solid kite.

I also flew a 10m roam aluula. Loved the drift, turned well, but not blazing fast, good for a 10m. Did not like the bar feel. Could not get locked in on it.

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Re: Duotone Evo vs Evo SLS 2021 - Kite Review

Postby purdyd » Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:42 pm

So real world weights

Size 2020 evo. Evo sls
7m. 2.55kg. 2.21kg
8m. 2.80. 2.35
10m. 2.71

So the evo sls is coming in a bit less then the specs on duotone’s website.

Unlike the video review above, I believe the leading edge is smaller even in the tips but it is only a few millimeters in circumference difference.

The flex struts don’t look like to me they flex more. They are attached with less reinforcement to the leading edge,

The center sls strut is a lot more rigid in twist and bending.

The regular evo is a good upwind kite that like to fly the evo sls is even more so.

It is not a grunty kite. It likes to move either from sining or from board speed.

The 10m seems ok for a 10m but I’ll be honest I haven’t flown a 10m in years. I got this one for light wind waves.

The 8m is surprisingly quick. When it is in the middle of its wind range it comes around quick on a turn. I flew my normal 6m evo on a previous day and the next day my 8m evo sls and it still took me awhile to adjust my timing in turns. The 8m really comes around quick and goes through the window.


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