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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2013
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
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Surf - freeride SLE 4 line kite

Designers goals

Reinvented for 2013, the new Rally is your go-to kite for premium surf and freeride performance. This 4-line crossover kite has been completely reengineered and features new Connect Forward attachment points, Reflex Wingtip technology and a new bridle configuration all bundled into a surf tough construction with a reinforced trailing edge. 

The Rally produces unwavering rigidity and efficiency. Flying further forward in the window for optimal upwind drive, this Open Delta-C kite will also sit back in the window when you want just the right amount of resistance for load-and-pop tricks or down-the-line pull. 

A kite in a class of its own, the 2013 Rally delivers maximum range, instant de-power, effortless relaunch and precise handling. Our integrated Splitstrut technology produces a rock solid canopy. The kite also comes with our patented One Pump technology and our improved Surf Tough Construction with improved trailing edge durability. This years Rally line up includes a 7-meter to help build your perfect quiver. You’re welcome!

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2013
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 20m - 23m - 27m
Bar length: 43,2 cm - 50,8 cm - 58,4 cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kite surfing review Slingshot Rally 10m from 2013

Kite

Rally is a premium surf and freeride performance kite.

Test conditions

water: small waves

wind: 10-22 knots

Detail photos

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Conclusion

As you can see by its chacteristics, the Rally has become even more allround. We tested this kite in its low-end (10-14 knots) as well as in its high-end (17-22 knots) and you may have noticed a lot of high scores. In its low-end, the Rally did feel a little slower and heavier than in its high-end. Above around 16 knots, the Rally really starts to perform in its element. More lift, longer glide phase, quicker turns and faster reaction speed. The Rally rides easily upwind, probebly because its position seems to moved a little more towards the edge of the wind window.
Because of its flying speed, the pop and lift of the Rally have improved significantly in its high-end.

It is now the third season for the Rally and you can see it has evolved into a true allrounder. A kite for a wide audience of kiters, who will value its sheet & go characteristic. For wave purposes, The Rally as a wave kite is a little too slow for my taste (I like lively kites in the waves), although a 9m one will probably have a higher reaction speed and shorter turning circle (if you have a 9m Rally, you're welcome to provide your feedback!). Light old school riders will enjoy the 10m Rally, but I'd advise heavier ones (+/- 90 kg and above) to go for a larger size. All in all, the Slingshot Rally is a kite series that has been available since 2011 and has now been finetuned to a balanced sheet & go allround/old school kite, smaller sizes wave kite.

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Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Just pull the steering lines, very easy to relaunch

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Drift

Poor Good

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 4 reviews on this product:

Slingshot Rally 2013 14m
Name:
peter 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 11 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
14m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
price quality
 
PoorGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 28.08.2014 at 07:06 hour
Comments:
Kite relaunches very well.
Good lowend for a delta kite.
Relatively large FT, so sitting back in the wind window.
Upwind performance is poor in the lower wind range.
Turns very slow.

 
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Slingshot Rally 2013 10m
Name:
Steven Bos 
Weight:
73 
Riding style:
allround, big-air  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
25 
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 01.08.2013 at 12:03 hour
Comments:
First of all, i'm not only a tester but also an owner of the Rally 2013. Riding sizes 8, 10 and 12. For me the Rally is a freeride kite. 2013 compared with the 2012 the 2013 has more lift and glide which is good for oldskool. The 2012 was a little bit faster, especially the bigger sizes.

A stable kite with good depower. Good for advanced and beginning kiters.

Want to know more about this kite? Contact me :)
 
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02.08.2013 at 08:37 hour stefarius
We zullen je zeker bellen voor een volgende test :-)
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Slingshot Rally 2013 10m
Name:
Martijn Abbas 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 23
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
price quality
 
PoorGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
durability
 
ShortLong
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 31.05.2013 at 17:17 hour
Comments:
The rally is more for the freeriders, a little bit of everything. Great lift and pop. More bar pressure than the RPM and a longer gliding phase. If you want a great kite for starting to jump, this is the one. 
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Slingshot Rally 2013 10m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
93 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 13 knots up to 18
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 12.05.2013 at 22:26 hour
Comments:
First impression on Slingshot Rally 10m. I tested the Rally for the last couple of years, and it changed a bit. It always was and still is a sheet & go kite. In the early series more aggressive with lot of pop and boost. Last years the Rally became more gentle and forgiving. This 10m Rally feels heavier, like a truck with depower. Solid but a little bit slower and more low-end than its former series. The 10m turned more around its tip than the center turned Rallys from 2012-2011. I know smaller series will react differently so if there are any riders experienced with the smaller Rallys I am curious about their turning speed.

Still this kite is great for heavier freeriders and low-end Park
wave rides. Durable like always, Slingshot is about quality!


 
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