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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2012
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
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Kite

3 strut 4 line wave/freeride kite

Designers goals

Proven Delta features such as low end power, responsive pivotal turning, endless lofty hang time, effortless relaunch and unbelievable range are matched with C kite predictable power and uncompromising stability. The three strut design of the Open Delta C delivers smooth efficient power through the stroke and offers a light weight balanced build for maximum flight stability. Our industry first pulley-less bridle lends itself to a direct feel, enhanced responsiveness, and unmatched upwind performance. The range on the Rally has been optimized for maximum low-end grunt. This means riding in lighter wind speeds with smaller size kites and noticeably bigger boost with longer lofty hang times. The stroke at the bar combined with our pulley-less bridle lets you tap into a top end range that translates into complete control when the wind picks. Fine tuning the Rally is easy with Custom Fuel Injection attachment points. CFI alters the overall feel and bar pressure enabling you to tune the kite to meet your personal riding preferences.
 
New for 2012 will be the addition of a 9 meter for ultimate quiver building potential and added Ballistic Aramid scuff guard reinforcement to prevent wing tip wear.

Bar

slingshot compstick bar

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2012
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 43cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kite review Slingshot Rally 9m 2012

Kite

Wave/freeride kite with three strut open delta shape

Test conditions

Wind conditions: 18 - 23 knots

Water conditions: chop - little waves

Detail photos

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Conclusion

As always with Slingshot, the quality of this kite looks great. It's a wave/freeride kite with an easy power control.
This Slingshot Rally is a good choice for waves and freeriders looking for a little bit of comfort. It's a so-called 'sheet & go' kite, which means that when you pull the bar you'll receive immediate kite power. One point of attention we would like to focus on is the reduced steering reaction with slacked lines. We advise to play a little with its settings to increase the reaction. Compared to its 2011 predecessor, the 2012 Rally appears to possess more depower and is a little softer in its power buildup. Because of this gradual power buildup, stability, feedback and phenominal relaunch this kite is an excellent choice for beginners. Don't worry too much about this kite's speed: push the bar away a little and the power is gone.

Suitable for whom? Beginners and wave riders looking for a sheet & go kite with a friendly character.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Total and short depower stroke

Safety system

Difficult Easy

4 line safety on left frontline, no line tangles after releashing a couple of times

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Very easy with the delta shaped leading edge

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Gentle lift

Glide phase

Short Long

turn the kite 45 degrees to get maximum float

High-end

Small range Large range

Good depower but harder to steer with slacked lines

Low-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Depower stroke is pretty short, depowered less steering direct action

Drift

Poor Good

Kite is drifting pretty well but less line tension is less steering

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

big difference powered or depowered, depowered less direct action. Powered very direct!

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Center turn

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Gently and soft building power & acceleration

Going upwind

Hard Easy

On/off power on the edge of the windwindow, with a little experience easy to trim for a great upwind ability

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Slingshot Rally 2012 12m
Name:
Gussay 
Weight:
95 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
1.5 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 28
Number of test sessions:
30 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
durability
 
ShortLong
price quality
 
PoorGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 14.12.2013 at 15:19 hour
Comments:
The safety release system is very good and possible to re-attach once activated...
The depower is not so easy to activate while on the move. The depower is a line down at the chicken loop and sometimes jams into the cleat. a way to help this is locate the depower line above the cleat and pull this down then pull the depower through the cleat.

Relaunch is superb and is brilliant for learning.
You can drop the kite down onto the water and relaunch at will, this allows you to adjust foot straps without having to fly the kite all the time.

Be aware that once the kite has moved off the zenith,it will quickly fly toward the ground with no bar input.

Self launch and self land are both relatively easy.

I Learned on this kite in the UK, and in Perth AUS. The kite comes into it's own when riding waves or doing a downwinder.

 
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Slingshot Rally 2012 08m
Name:
Dennis Boom 
Weight:
93kg 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 26
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
08m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
durability
 
ShortLong
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
boost
 
SoftStrong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 03.06.2013 at 18:21 hour
Comments:
I've riden the 8m rally in North Sea at Ameland and at Workum Lake IJssel, both 2 times with 5 bft avg winds in choppy and small wave conditions. This kite can do it all. I'm pretty heavy but the low end grunt this kite brings just pulls you through when the wind doesn't.
Very easy to (re)launch, fly and ride! On the waves going downwind and downstream with little pressure in the kite it still does what it is told, even if it is to fly backwards.. This is your wave slave!
On jumps its pretty explosive, not as much as rpm or fuel but still enough to give you that rush AND a long flight after take off.
Besides that, Slingshot's bomb proof rep applies on this kite and it can take a beating. My best buy ever! 
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04.06.2013 at 13:22 hour Dennis Boom
Correction.. i said "My best buy ever" I didn't buy this one, my girlfriend did!
I was just borrowing it for extended periods of time :-D Sorry Fi
04.06.2013 at 13:33 hour Stefarius
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