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Neo Reo

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Created by gorgemay 1 month ago, 17 Feb 2019
gorgemay
72 posts
17 Feb 2019 7:34AM
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I spent time recently on a 9 and 12m Duotone Neo. Very nice kites for sure.
I'm wondering how the Reo compares in terms of low end, progressive smooth sheeting power, bar pressure and quickness. Haven't flown any version of the Reo but know it's
highly regarded.
Thanks!

gorgemay
72 posts
17 Feb 2019 8:00AM
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Maybe a better way to ask is, if I liked the Neo will I like the Reo?
How do they differ?
Thanks

vendeavours
VIC, 327 posts
17 Feb 2019 11:32AM
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Both exceptional Wave kites My personal choice for me is Reo V5 in conditions I ride in and if not I would be on Neo For me I look at high end and I find that Reo is more stable but yes the Neo seems to have better low end .I ride a lot with team Duotone rider and for me I use one size bigger in Reo You need to demo in high and low end But compare with V5 or V4 Reo Which ever you go for you will be kiting sick wave kite

PusherII
45 posts
17 Feb 2019 10:29AM
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I could say neo Is more powerfull, so Better low end, worst High End, probably better for jumping.
I think reo is more responsive and Little Better for waves but neo also very very good.
Both great kites

cauncy
WA, 6947 posts
17 Feb 2019 9:39PM
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Chicks Arses are better in Reo

AndreC
WA, 452 posts
18 Feb 2019 7:58AM
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gorgemay said..
I spent time recently on a 9 and 12m Duotone Neo. Very nice kites for sure.
I'm wondering how the Reo compares in terms of low end, progressive smooth sheeting power, bar pressure and quickness. Haven't flown any version of the Reo but know it's
highly regarded.
Thanks!


Going to do a back to back review hopefully this week.

ActionSportsWA
WA, 652 posts
18 Feb 2019 9:40AM
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Hi georgemay,

Both are excellent kites. We tend to find that the Neo suits riders over 85 kilo's a bit better and the Reo suits riders under 85 kilo's. The two kites are very different but both are excellent wave kites. This doesn't mean only heavy riders can ride Neo's or lighter riders can only ride Reo's. It always comes down to matching the requirements of the rider with the offerings of each kite.

The Neo will be a better choice if you do jumping as well as wave riding (see Airton, James C and Mitu. Reo is more responsive and faster to initiate turns. Both drift well and turn quick. It's true that the Neo is better for bottom end and the Reo better in top end, so you should ride a 1m smaller Neo than you would in a Reo. Reo is a better choice if you flick your kite around a lot, but smaller sizes I find are borderline hyper sensitive to bar input. Better to ride small sizes on small bars to reduce this a little.

I'll be interested in hearing AndreC's review as he does nothing but downwind and waves so will be more in tune with the subtleties of each kite more so than myself.

DM

Alysum
NSW, 310 posts
19 Feb 2019 8:40AM
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On the aesthetics side the Reo looks heaps better than the Duotone

My Reo 9m feels like an 8m. Great top end, average low end.

Peahi
VIC, 1022 posts
19 Feb 2019 9:50PM
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why does duotone neo have three colours? triotone?

gorgemay
72 posts
20 Feb 2019 10:58AM
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My opinion. When I first saw Duotone's design and color scheme last year I thought it was pretty bad. Now that I've seen better photos and have actually seen them in the air and on the beach, I think they look quite nice. The orange/yellow and red/magenta especially do it for me. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have a feeling if it still said North they'd be accepted with open arms (and legs).

AndreC
WA, 452 posts
2 Mar 2019 10:51AM
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ActionSportsWA said..
Hi georgemay,

Both are excellent kites. We tend to find that the Neo suits riders over 85 kilo's a bit better and the Reo suits riders under 85 kilo's. The two kites are very different but both are excellent wave kites. This doesn't mean only heavy riders can ride Neo's or lighter riders can only ride Reo's. It always comes down to matching the requirements of the rider with the offerings of each kite.

The Neo will be a better choice if you do jumping as well as wave riding (see Airton, James C and Mitu. Reo is more responsive and faster to initiate turns. Both drift well and turn quick. It's true that the Neo is better for bottom end and the Reo better in top end, so you should ride a 1m smaller Neo than you would in a Reo. Reo is a better choice if you flick your kite around a lot, but smaller sizes I find are borderline hyper sensitive to bar input. Better to ride small sizes on small bars to reduce this a little.

I'll be interested in hearing AndreC's review as he does nothing but downwind and waves so will be more in tune with the subtleties of each kite more so than myself.

DM


Rode the REO yesterday for a couple of hours and DM is onto it ...

gorgemay
72 posts
2 Mar 2019 11:12AM
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AndreC said..

ActionSportsWA said..
Hi georgemay,

Both are excellent kites. We tend to find that the Neo suits riders over 85 kilo's a bit better and the Reo suits riders under 85 kilo's. The two kites are very different but both are excellent wave kites. This doesn't mean only heavy riders can ride Neo's or lighter riders can only ride Reo's. It always comes down to matching the requirements of the rider with the offerings of each kite.

The Neo will be a better choice if you do jumping as well as wave riding (see Airton, James C and Mitu. Reo is more responsive and faster to initiate turns. Both drift well and turn quick. It's true that the Neo is better for bottom end and the Reo better in top end, so you should ride a 1m smaller Neo than you would in a Reo. Reo is a better choice if you flick your kite around a lot, but smaller sizes I find are borderline hyper sensitive to bar input. Better to ride small sizes on small bars to reduce this a little.

I'll be interested in hearing AndreC's review as he does nothing but downwind and waves so will be more in tune with the subtleties of each kite more so than myself.

DM



Rode the REO yesterday for a couple of hours and DM is onto it ...


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