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TKB Review: 2014 SLINGSHOT RPM

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SLINGSHOT RPM
Sizes Available: 4.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9, 11m

Slingshot Says:

The RPM’s open C platform allows for fast riding, explosive pop with the correct amount of boost, travel and drift. This allow for aggressive moves with fast and solid landings. The new 2014 RPM builds on our proven legacy with a kite that rides faster, is more responsive, more crisp and more dialed in than ever before. Our new “Diamond Leech” technology improves air flow for “clean” air release off the trailing edge. This feature improves aerodynamics, and is a major part of why the kite is faster, and has a new crisp feel. We added an 11M kite to our full range of sizes to help you create your perfect quiver. You can dominate freestyle or hardcore crossover with the 2014 RPM.

Visit for more info: http://www.slingshotsports.com/kite/products/kites/

Our Testers Say:

“Loved the below the bar trimming and no matter how it was tuned it flew reliably and fun with good bar feel,” Cherie Costello.

“Powered everywhere in the window, builds good boost and was fairly stable with a little back-stall in lighter conditions,” Dray Murray.

“Nice smooth pull with “C” like swooping turns and really solid boost,” Davey Beard.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2014 RPM is a medium aspect 3-strut kite Slingshot markets for freestyle and freeride. The RPM has a nice sturdy build quality, featuring the standard 9mm inflation / 11mm dump valves, unique split strut construction and relatively complex but short front bridles. Testers feedback for this kite was very positive, finding the RPM to be very stable with medium bar pressure, solid turning speed, and substantial boost for jumps. The RPM doesn’t have the same hangtime as the Rally, but overall everyone got a contact high over the kite’s precise steering response, impressive boost, swooping powered turns and it’s ease of use for freestyle.

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The RPM came with the Compstick fixed length bar (43, 50, 58.5cm) which features a newly designed push away quick release, below bar tuning cleat, above bar swivel, sliding stopper and single center-line safety depower. Some testers were critical of below bar tuning in general, but Slingshot’s design is very clean and allows for a large adjustable throw length for any sized rider while keeping the controls close. Hooking in with the adjuster on the rider’s dominant hand side as well as making adjustments while the bar is sheeted out makes this system easy to use and may persuade below bar critics. Testers praised the center insert’s raised “volcano” edges for keeping fingers away from the depower line for comfort and safety as well as the OS handles which double as a Velcro attachment for keeping the bar securely wrapped up.

Visit for more info on the bar: http://www.slingshotsports.com/kite/products/bars/2014-compstick-control-bar-sku-14382

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