Sizes Available: 135cm, 139cm, 143cm
Sizes Tested: 143cm
The Refraction is a solid all-around board designed to shred every condition on the planet, and take a major beating in the process. With a versatile rocker profile, it can hold its own in chop, swell and rough conditions, as well as flat water freestyle. The rocker and tip/tail shape yield great load and pop, big airs and cushy landings, while the inverted tip and tail profile prevents catching an edge during presses. The Refraction comes with wake fins for a more freestyle/wakestyle feel, but can easily be changed to standard fins for more grip and upwind drive.
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Our Testers Say:
“Surprising upwind ability despite significant rocker and small fin size, smooth through the chop and forgiving landings. Comfortable pads.” // Tiberiu Anghel
“Wide board with easy to adjust bindings. Great board that delivers a very comfortable ride across a wide range.” // Marko Bartscherer
“Great for hitting features but not so great for freeriding because it felt like it had a swivel under it and no fins—I couldn’t find an edge.” // Justin Lord
The Refraction is Slingshot’s performance park board which has a significantly different design goal then your typical user-friendly or performance freeride style board that predominated the test. The Refraction features three stance width options that are placed down the center of the board and a fair amount of duck stance options in the binding. The Refraction has a significant progressive wakestyle rocker through the tips and a fairly wide template that helps with the board’s light wind range. The first impression when riding this board is how skatey it is, which is to say that it requires experience and skill to put it on edge, but for those testers that had that dialed, they were impressed with both how well it went upwind and how well it cut through the chop. The Refraction features a fairly stiff flex pattern compared to many of the boards we tested so for those more aggressive riders in the test the board came alive for heavy load and pop and got excellent reviews on its smooth landings in which the rocker seems to break the surface tension. This board can also be fun to carve, but with small fins it takes a bit of skill to keep it under control, but the rocker can make dicing up waves super fun. While this board has the construction and design for park/wakestyle riding, there is certainly a niche within the average freeride population that might find this board’s skatey load and pop extremely fun with just enough user-friendly upwind ability and chop handling to make this board a must have.
The Refraction came with Slingshot’s 2018 Duallys which offer a great combo of comfort and control with a ton of adjustability. Testers praised the rubbery but plush feel of the footbeds which seemed denser under the heel and softer under the toe. The footbed features subtle heel cupping and relatively little contour under the arch with a solid toe bump to keep your feet seated at all times. The quad adjustment strap is all encompassing and allows a ton of adjustability to get the perfect fit and was easy to adjust on the water.
Want more gear reviews all in one place? Read detailed and objective reviews on the 30 kite models and 33 board models that Tkb and freeride testers reviewed for the 2018 Freeride Gear Review Guide.