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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2015
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04.5m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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High performance freestyle kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Intuitive Response System (IRS for short), is a new revolutionary pulley-less bridle system that combines a “Direct Drive Bridle” and a “Suspension Displacement Bridle.” The combination of these two advancements act as a shock absorption system and distribute tension properly to where it’s needed; much like a shock would do for a bike or car suspension system. The new IRS Bridle is a bungee system that not only eliminates pulleys, but also eliminates the lag time that results from the pulley having to travel fore and aft along the bridle line. Riders will notice a huge improvement in the kite’s stability with immediate and smooth feedback.

The IRS bridle is not the only improvement on the new RPM, we are also introducing our new “One Pump Speed System.” You will find the system dramatically reduces inflation time so you get on the water faster and with less effort. Other improvements include our bomb-proof construction with a all new diamond leech trailing edge construction and new DP 175 Dacron leading edge and strut material. These added features compliment our proprietary tri-tech protection making this the most durable RPM ever.

Slingshot 2015 control bar

Slingshot RPM 2015


Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2015
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

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Slingshot RPM 2015 10m
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Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
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kite stability
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kite feedback
slack line steering
user friendly
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total depower
Some pressureTotal depower - 07.06.2015 at 18:59 hour
I like to compare the kite characteristics from the 2015 RPM with the Slingshot Rally 2015. It's totally different, because they are made for totally different target groups.
Where the Rally lies deep in the wind window and has a great feedback on the edge of the window the RPM likes to accelerate & seek the edge of a wider wind window and loses all its power at the end. RPM is a freestyle kite so the acceleration is great for pop and slacked sweet spot for handle passes.

The RPM steers fast and rotate around its tips. The Rally steers also fast but turns around it's center strut. For kiteloops most riders like a tip turning kite. Gives you mostly the best kiteloop control and power boost.

Where the Rally holds the wind in the kite (profile center shape strut) The RPM like to release the wind to accelerate. That means more technical riding experience for the RPM, easy control on the Rally.

Hope this all makes sense because its not my native writing language. Choosing good kites make your kite surfing sessions so much better!
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