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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2010
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m, 15m
Type: SLE
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The allround kite from the Slingshot range.

Designers Goals

The Slingshot Octane is the 2010 Freeride/Wave kite from by Slingshot. The designers wanted to create a kite with more depower, less bar-pressure, smooth power, low-end, larger range and more surfy.

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2010
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 23m
Bar length: 43cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Slingshot Octane 9m test

Test condities:

Wind: 25/35 knots

Location: Sea (waves/surf)

Conclusion:

The Octane is a very stable kite and has a safe high-end. It is kite that is suitable as a high performance Freeride kite, but can also be used by a beginner in moderate conditions because of it's gradual power build-up, almost complete de-power and good feedback.

Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Make sure the lines are not twisted, this decreases the functionality of the safety system. Use the swivel to untwist the lines.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Quick reaction to input on the control bar, gradual power buil-up.

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Gradualy but predictable. Most lift is generated at the end of the flightline.

Glide phase

Short Long

Glide-phase can be controlled well through the depower, you get a lot of feedback!

Low-end

Small range Large range

Long de-power range, kite remains stable.

High-end

Small range Large range

Great high-end. The kite position is on the edge of the zenith, make sure you steer the kite back in time.

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Slightly restless whem completely de-powered.

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Good, in particular when tension on the lines is high.

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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