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TKB Review: 2014 SLINGSHOT Glide

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SLINGSHOT Glide
Sizes Available: 150, 160cm
Sizes Tested: 150 x 41.22cm

Slingshot Says:

While other companies focus on building width into their boards as the solution for light wind riding, the Glide’s counterintuitive concept focuses on efficient power through a lean and mean profile.
The Glide’s narrow width and longer effective water line ensures adequate surface area that will get you going in the lightest of winds. The narrow outline provides the rider more control over the edge. This precision control allows the rider to better manage the power of their kite, creating more apparent wind and results in more speed on the water. The Glide gets going first, hauls up wind, and is the highest performance board available in the light wind category. When the wind drops, keep your kite in the air and simply pick up a Glide. It’s so versatile and fun to ride you’ll be grinning and ripping as others are packing up to head home. A true session saver.

Visit for more info: http://www.slingshotsports.com/kite/products/boards/2014-glide-sku-14224

Our Testers Say:

“This board does what it was designed to do – go upwind,” Frank Russo.

“Turns surprisingly well for a light wind board,” Jeff Senne.

“It’s big, but it’s smooth like a Cadillac,” Jonathan Dixon.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2014 Glide is built in the USA and features Slingshot’s lightweight wood core and organic Resin X, the hallmark boxy outline of a dedicated light wind board, shallow bottom concave, and Slingshot’s Fastrack which offers riders a huge amount of stance width adjustment and plenty of options for setting duck. Testers praised this board for its versatility despite our preconception of its dedicated use as a light wind board. The Glide’s flex in the tips allowed it to handle the choppy conditions surprisingly well, and testers commented that in addition to the Glide’s impressive early planing and upwind ability in light conditions, it was fun to carve as well. Overall, testers found the Glide challenging for boosting big air, but this board exceeded all their expectations for freeriding in moderate and light wind conditions.

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Our test boards were shipped with Slingshot’s Bolt-Ons straps and pad system. The straps slip through the pad base for a simple and easy installation with a single Velcro strap for adjustment. Testers found the medium density pads comfortable while delivering a solid balance between control and plushness. Testers found the straps easy to adjust but our female testers commented that they wished the straps would adjust smaller for petite feet.

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