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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2014
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04.5m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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Open C High performance SLE kite

Designers goals

Top Pros and high performance riders world wide know the secret behind the RPM. The open C platform allows for fast riding, explosive pop with the correct amount of boost, travel and drift. This  allow for aggressive moves with fast and solid landings. The new 2014 builds on our proven legacy with a kite that rides faster, is more responsive, more crisp and more dialed in than ever before. Through years of testing and rider feedback, we have made new improvements and subtle refinements to set a new standard for performance and durability. Our new “Diamond Leech” technology improves air flow for “clean” air release off the trailing edge. This feature improves aerodynamics, and is a major part of why the kite is faster, and has a new crisp feel. The Diamond Leech improved the over all stability of the leach. This significantly helps with wear and tear or flutter. The full suspension bridle was updated with a new anodized aluminum frictionless pulley. The design has reduced weight, and eliminated wear associated with mechanical pulleys.We added an 11M kite to our full range of sizes to help you create your perfect quiver. You can dominate freestyle or hardcore crossover with the 2014 RPM.

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Slingshot comp stick 2014 kite bar

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2014
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04.5m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
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

There are 6 reviews on this product:

Slingshot RPM 2014 12m
Name:
Carl Parker 
Weight:
87 
Riding style:
allround, wave, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
drift
 
HardSoft
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 13.06.2014 at 09:34 hour
Comments:
Great kite, ready to fly straight from the bag. Great build quality.  
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Slingshot RPM 2014 11m
Name:
Lucas Arsenault 
Weight:
165 lbs 
Riding style:
unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 15.05.2014 at 02:50 hour
Comments:
Rpm is the kite if your looking for new school freestyle riding. Great pop awesome handling! Awesome kite! 
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Slingshot RPM 2014 09m
Name:
Erik Wilmes 
Weight:
66 
Riding style:
allround, big-air, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
glide phase
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 18.04.2014 at 13:18 hour
Comments:
Overall the kite is very comfortable to ride, really easy handling and not such of a big boost when looping. With the RPM it is quite hard to find the right timing to do your tricks. Sometimes when you take off you don't really get the boost you would expect, other times when you hit it good you could be surprised. All in all for the advanced rider it is a very technical kite to ride, but i can imagine that when you learn to ride it the right way you could love it. For the less advanced rider it is an easy to ride and comfortable kite. 
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Slingshot RPM 2014 09m
Name:
Matthijs Katsma 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
lift
 
GradualExplosive
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 17.04.2014 at 11:09 hour
Comments:
The RPM is a very interesting and challenging kite. It has a lot of different settings as we are used from the RPM. The results above characterize its behavior and it does not need much further explanation. Its fast, and crawls very far to the edge of you windwindow, an I need to add that in very low wind its quitte unstable.
 
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Slingshot RPM 2014 11m
Name:
Realwatersports team 
Weight:
-- 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kitefinder.com - 15.04.2014 at 13:41 hour
Comments:
What we like:
This kite has been a top performer for years and there were some big changes in 2014, so we were a bit afraid. Fortunately - it's a actually a big jump up from last year! The new bridle gives you the perfect direct bar feel without having it feel heavy in your hands. This also improved the water relaunch so much that the RPM relaunches better than most dedicated beginner kites we have tested.

The trailing edge panel layout was re-engineered and the addition of a large section of Dacron almost eliminates flapping . This translates into an amazing silky smooth ride, better low wind and high wind performance and improved long term durability.

The 2014 RPM is going to last you a really really long time and when you do change out, you will definitely appreciate how well this kite holds its value and performance.

Not to be overlooked, Slingshot added an 11m to the range this year, and man is that kite a sweet size to fill the gap of the 12m to 10m sizes everyone was asking for.

What we don't like:
Some of our reviewers mentioned are that the RPM does not slack out like a true C kite on unhooked wake style. This is characteristic of kites with bridles since they are sitting deeper in the wind window than a C kite like the Fuel. We also don't like that It took 5 years to get an 11m size!

Why you want the 2014 Slingshot RPM:
Our favourite kite just got a huge upgrade and continues to be the kite to ride for anyone that wants the top ranked all around kite in the world. Ask around on any beach and you will find just how many people ride the RPM and love it. 
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Slingshot RPM 2014 09m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 15.04.2014 at 00:02 hour
Comments:
Tested all the RPM series and it's faster and more technical again. With the new RPM you can change the front-line and back-line settings in many ways. Adjust your lines and the kite will feel different. I had the freeride setting and the RPM was very playful, but you can change the setting on wakestyle and lose the playfulness. If you are interested in the RPM, test it. Try the different settings and see if this kites works for you!  
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