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Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2018
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 03m, 06m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
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Rider profile

beginner / all-round

Designers goals

The Z has been an instructor and kite-school favorite for years due to its user-friendly behavior, stability in even the worst wind conditions, amazing depower and ridiculously easy relaunch. 

The magic of the Z comes in its low-aspect Spherical-C profile and pointed Axis Wingtips. This stubby shape, combined with a four-point cascading bridle setup, results in an extremely stable and well-behaved kite. “It’s a kite with no bad habits,” says Slingshot CEO Jeff Logosz. And don’t let the description fool you- the Z is great for beginners, but it is not a “beginner kite.” The Z boost big, unhooks well, loops with ease and has grown a reputation among experienced riders as a super-fun all-around freeride kite. 

Control bar

control bar kite slingshot

Wind range Slingshot Z


Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2018
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 03m, 06m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 20m - 23m - 27m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Slingshot Z kite 2018 13m
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From 10 knots up to 20
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HeavyLight - 18.04.2019 at 13:22 hour
I purchased the Z not long after I started kiteboarding because it was advertised as a beginner kite. I don't believe it belongs in this category but I will say that if you learn on this kite everything else is easier.

The biggest challenge for a rider of this kite is the bar pressure and relaunching. The bar pressure is high no matter what the setting on your depower system and the relaunch is only possible if the kite is positioned downwind of the rider. If you are deep water and have nothing to hang onto it's particularly difficult to relaunch.

Another frustration is its small wind range. Once the wind gets to 20knots the kite because very difficult to manage as it's very lively.

Now with several years experience I appreciate the kite more as it's lift is punchier. Upwind ability is amazing and the kites reaction is quick so it's a great kite for loops.

I would recommend this kite for an intermediate to advanced rider.
5 kudos - +

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