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TKB Review: 2013 Slingshot Rally

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Slingshot Rally
Sizes Available: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 10m

Slingshot Says:

Reinvented for 2013, the new Rally is your go-to kite for premium surf and freeride performance. This 4-line crossover kite has been completely reengineered and features new Connect Forward attachment points, Reflex Wingtip technology and a new bridle configuration all bundled into a surf tough construction with a reinforced trailing edge. A kite in a class of its own, the 2013 Rally delivers maximum range, instant de-power, effortless relaunch and precise handling. Our integrated Splitstrut technology produces a rock solid canopy. The kite also comes with our patented One Pump technology and our improved Surf Tough Construction with improved trailing edge durability. This years Rally line up includes a 7-meter to help build your perfect quiver. You’re welcome!

Our Testers Say:

“Straightforward setup, flew well in decreasing winds, good control during jumps. Stable and responsive,” Pat O’Connor.

“Great low-end power, very stable with light bar pressure. Below-bar depower line was hard to pull when overpowered,” Jo Bharat.

“I liked the Rally. It had a solid wind range, turned quickly, and was very stable. This is a kite that I would like to try in the surf back home,” Dray Murray.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

While overall the 2013 Rally looks very similar to the 2012 model it has received a big redesign for this year. The most obvious changes are the addition of two thin struts and a new bridle configuration. The new struts are so skinny we aren’t sure whether we should call the Rally a 3-strut or 5-strut kite, so we’ll call it a 3+2-strut kite. The three main struts are integrated into the canopy and the Rally remains a fairly flat delta-style kite (Slingshot calls it an Open Delta-C).

Our testers commented on the Rally’s great stability, easy relaunching, and great low-end power. They also felt it remained responsive through its wide wind range and had light bar pressure. Compared to the Slingshot Z the Rally has better upwind and jumping performance and much lighter bar pressure.

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The Rally’s bar features an above-bar swivel, adjustable stopper, push-away quick release, and below-bar trim adjuster. Some of our testers felt the trim adjuster was difficult to trim, especially when the kite was really powered. We suggest hooking in with the trim line on your dominant side to make it a little easier to use.

Pros:

  • Great stability and very easy to fly.
  • Easy to relaunch.
  • Great low-end power.

Cons:

  • Depower line can be difficult to trim, especially when overpowered.

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