2018 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite
2018 Slingshot RPM Kite - Freeride Crossover
Some of the busiest schools in the world use the RPM as their go-to kite because of its reliability in any wind condition and its bomber construction. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the RPM is a championship-level freestyle kite that has propelled multiple riders to world titles. For general freeriding, it provides responsive handling, smooth power delivery throughout the window, great boosting and powerful but predictable loops. For dedicated freestyle, the RPM delivers the competitive edge with amazing pop and carry, flawless unhooked performance and multiple customization options to fine-tune handling to adapt to varying conditions.
RPM rider profile:
The RPM is a high-flying, hard-charging kite with multiple world titles under its belt. But the RPM isn’t built for the most elite competitors; the top of the podium is just a byproduct of exceptional design. The RPM is built for riders like you. You want safety, reliability and predictability in all wind conditions. You want high performance and low risk. You want a kite that won’t hold you back, no matter how much you progress. You want a kite you can count on when conditions get gnarly, when your friends challenge you to a jump-off or when you’re bound and determined to take that next step in progression, whatever that may be. If that is you, your kite is the RPM.
RPM bridle setup: The RPM features Slingshot’s unique shock absorbing IRS bridle system. This pulleyless, direct-connect bridle incorporates bungee lines that flex and retract to keep proper tension in the lines as you steer the kite. Slingshot introduced this bridle concept in 2015 and have had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the responsive steering and direct feel it creates. For customized performance, the RPM’s wingtip bridle can be connected at three different points, which allows for tuning of bar pressure, kite feedback and steering speed.
Split Strut: Invented by Slingshot and adopted as the industry gold standard in canopy construction, Split Strut design integrates the kite’s struts into the structure of the canopy. This results a stronger, more stable and more durable canopy. SplitStrut enhances power under heavy load and creates superior efficiency and rigidity in the overall frame.
Versatile Open-C Canopy: The RPM is the original Open-C shape that spawned an entire category of versatile, freeride/freestyle crossover kites. The Open-C shape that provides the perfect combination of explosive power and pop, big boosts, solid unhooked riding and high-performance handling with user-friendly characteristics like easy relaunch, big range and depower, responsive steering and solid upwind ability.
One-Pump: Slingshot patented the One-Pump system years ago, and today the innovation can be found on almost every kite on the market. The One Pump Speed System makes inflating your kite quick and easy; simply attach your hose and pump your entire kite from one convenient valve. Deflating is just as easy. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you’ve ever had to inflate and deflate your leading edge and all your struts individually, you know how nice it really is.
Customize Your Ride: The RPM features multiple attachment points at the kite- both on the leading and trailing edge- that allow riders to fine-tune the kite’s handling and performances based on their riding style and the conditions of a particular session. This tuning is done quickly and easily and makes a big impact on the kite’s overall performance; you can choose different settings for boosting big, for unhooked freestyle, for user-friendly freeride or for riding waves, to name a few.
Bomber Slingshot Construction
Tri-Tech protection: Ballistic Kevlar, Mark Cloth and Neoprene scuff guards are strategically placed to protect vulnerable areas of the kite from scratches, punctures wear and tear.
Surf Tough tech: Strategic panel layout, superior canopy materials and precision engineered seams and stitching result in kites that can take proper beatings without issue. Slingshot’s unique panel layout not only adds strength and canopy structure, it also helps contain the damage to your kite in the event that it does tear or get punctured.
Dimension Polyant 175 Dacron: DP175 is a premium canopy material used solely by Slingshot in the kiteboarding industry. This high-strength, high tenacity material is resistant to bias stretch and retains its structure exceptionally well, which is why we utilize it for every high performance kite we build. Where other brands have cut corners and selected lesser materials to reduce costs, Slingshot has remained committed to quality.
Bayer Material Science Polyurethane Bladders: Slingshot bladders are made in the USA to precision specs using high-quality polyurethane.
2018 Slingshot RPM - At A Glance
The 2018 Slingshot RPM is an amazing kite for all types of riders from beginner to Pro. This kite is great for learning to kite, riding waves and aggressive unhooked freestyle. Slingshot builds the RPM with their legendary durability but the kite is still lightweight. The design is an Open C shape with fat wingtips that give the kite pull when turning or looped. The kite is medium bar pressure with a solid feel so you can tell what the kite is doing at all times. - Patrick
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