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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2011
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
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A SLE freestyle/freeride kite which is also suitable for the waves. A wave allrounder.

Designer Goals

splitstrut slingshotUsing the experience gained from the Fuel (C-Shape) and the RPM (SLE kite) Slingshot designed a new Delta kite called the Rally. The Rally is the first open delta C-kite combining the advantages of a Delta with the performance of a C-Shape. Slingshot developed this kite for freestylers/freeriders who like to ride waves. The Rally is a pulley free briddle, three strut kite which gives the rider a direct kite feel. The struts are integrated into the canopy using the well known Slingshot Splitstrut system >
According to the designers this gives the kite extra stability and a more rigid frame.

Bar

slingshot compstick bar

Video of the Rally 2011

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2011
Brand: Slingshot
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: 43cm
Line length: depends on kite size
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Who is the kite meant for

Slingshot designed a crossover kite for freestylers and freeriders that enjoy riding in waves. Using the experience gained from the Fuel (C-Shape) and the RPM (SLE kite) Slingshot designed a new Delta kite called the Rally. The Rally is the first open delta C-kite combining the advantages of a Delta with the performance of a C-Shape.

Off the water

The first thing you notice when pumping the Rally is the open Dalta shape.

Rally Canopy  

The Rally has three struts that are integrated into the canopy (Splitstrut)

Splitstrut

 

Even though the Rally has an open shape and only three struts the kite has an extremely rigid frame. The Rally has a one-pump system and is reinforced where the kite wears the most.  The bulging middle strut and the short wingtips are also notable.

One-pump by slingshot

On the water

Once on the water the small turning circle and direct reaction to commands is noticeable. Bar action results in direct action from the kite. The steering pressure is low and the power buildup gradual.  the Rally gives a lot of feedback to the bar through the steering lines and power/de-power commands are felt instantaneous.
Fully de-powered the Rally's reaction to steering commands decreases, particularly in its low-end. In the high end the reaction is always good and one of the strong points of this kite.
The pop of the Rally is fairly explosive, both hooked-in and un-hooked. The boost, on the other hand, is more gradual and is distributed over the turning circle.  The basics like re-launch, stability and safety are fine and get a good score.

Conclusion

When grading the kite the Rally got a high score on many characteristics. The Rally gets good scores on the characteristics that make it suitable for freeriders, freestylers and wave riders. Personally I am very impressed by the wave characteristics of the Rally.

This crossover kite with the splitstrut and the distinct shape is a success. Easy to handle, light bar pressure, good feedback, quick reaction to commands and easy power control.

For freestylers the Rally offers good pop and boost.  The sweetspot requires some technique, but due to the light bar pressure the Rally is very suitable for unhooked tricks.

Riders that like to go out into the swell will love the Rally. It reacts quickly, it always gives you feedback, builds up power gradually and provides you with small turning circles anywhere in the wind-window.

If you are looking for a allround kite with good wave-characteristics you should give the 2011 Slingshot Rally a try!  

Kite benchmark slingshot Rally 2011

Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

When overpowered the kite keeps some pressure when fully depowered

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Just pull one of the steering lines and the kite will turn over ready to re-launch

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Bar pressure increases with increasing wind, but steering the kite remains easy.

Freestyle

Sweet-spot

Short Long

Unhooked

Difficult Easy

Pop (kite stationary)

Gradual Explosive

The Rally gives direct pop

Bar pressure

Heavy Light

Light for a kite with a Delta shape and small wingtips.

Boost (kite in loop)

Softly Explosive

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Could be better for a wave kite, but in it's high end this is not a problem.

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

The rally always gives feedback through the steering lines, in turns and in flight-lines.

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Very direct!

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Can be very small, depends on the command. Pressure remains in the turn.

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

There are 6 reviews on this product:

Slingshot Rally 2011
Name:
Glen 
kitefinder.com - 21.01.2011 at 10:27 hour
Comments:
Andrey
It depends where and from whom you buy. Buy from a shop in Sweden and its alot. Buy direct from importers in some countries then its low. $1700 is RRP for a 12m but it's possible to order and get deals. ie, Philippines. Thailand, Dubai etc. Europe and US are more expsensive. 
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andrey 
kitefinder.com - 27.12.2010 at 23:02 hour
Comments:
How much does Slingshot Rally 2011 12m cost? 
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stef 
kitefinder.com - 16.11.2010 at 20:22 hour
Comments:
Hi Hipoo,

There are to many colors to write about.
Here a link: http://www.slingshotsports.com/site/index.html 
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Hipoo 
kitefinder.com - 16.11.2010 at 16:22 hour
Comments:
I cannot find anywhere colors of rally kites, How colors I can buy. 
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stef 
kitefinder.com - 10.11.2010 at 16:16 hour
Comments:
Hi Hernandez101

The left side is the manufacturer specifications. But you got a good point there!
We change it because we good other questions about that. A good reviewed wave kite should be show when pressed on the wave button. 
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hernandez101 
kitefinder.com - 10.11.2010 at 12:08 hour
Comments:
So this Rally is a fast kite, excellent for waves.
Why can't I find it when I press the wavekite button? 
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