Sizes Available: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 9m
The NEW Rally GT is the evolution of our most popular and versatile freeride crossover kite. With a distinctly different outline than prior years, the Rally GT has been redesigned to better fill the position in our lineup as the true all-riders, all-conditions, one-kite-wonder. A NEW three-strut canopy design, lower aspect ratio and stubby, swept wingtips give it playfully quick steering and response with ginormous wind range and depower. The relaunch on this kite takes little more than the flick of a wrist, then sheet and go with super smooth power delivery. While our other kites gravitate toward a specific condition or discipline of riding, the Rally GT is designed to be the golden child of our lineup- good at everything, bad at none.
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The Rally got a major redesign this year that has as much to do with kite design as audience targeting. At first glance the canopy of the Rally GT looks significantly different from the historical Rally delta shape. The new Rally GT features a much lower aspect shape with wider more boxy wingtips. The Rally GT uses a large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose for a quick and easy pump up. When it comes time to deflate, there’s a standard dump valve that allows you to quickly deflate without unthreading the bayonet valve.The Rally GT features a single setting fixed front bridle that’s pretty simple and short with promise of never tangling around the wingtips. The wingtips offer three attachment settings that allow you to adjust the kite feedback with the factory setting set to the middle option. The front bridle attachment point ends in a larkshead loop and the wingtip attachment point ends in a knot.
Since this is principally a surf test our focus was primarily on the SST, but our local Slingshot rep slipped us the all new Rally GT to give it a go with its all-around freeride performance that offers a little bit of everything. The first thing we noticed about the Rally GT is its nice light to medium bar pressure that we found extremely comfortable for cruising and ideal for longer sessions. The Rally GT required a bit more decisive bar input to turn the kite compared to the SST, and the Rally GT features a much wider turning arc that turns in a larger radius. The Rally GT power delivery has a friendly ‘sheet and go’ feel that doesn’t require a ton of active flying of the kite to deliver power to the rider. When you combine its predictable steering and user-friendly power control with its lighter bar pressure we tend to think this kite would really excel as a general all around progression and freeride kite that instills confidence in newer riders. The power behind the Rally GT trends towards a low-end grunty kind of pull and the turning felt a hair bit slow for a surf kite (which makes sense because the Rally GT isn’t billed as a high performance surf machine like the SST) and the power on/off wasn’t quite as precise as the SST so it took a little bit of adaptation in the waves, but these very same qualities make it quite user-friendly for early jumping and cruising. The Rally GT still has a good amount of depower built into the end of the throw and it does work for the average rider flirting with waves but we think the Rally GT is best suited for entry level to intermediate freeride, someone who wants a user-friendly kite with a ton of pull, good range and power on deliver with a sheet and go type feel to push their progression through long comfortable sessions.
The Rally GT came with the Compstick Sentinel control bar, a fixed length bars that comes in three sizes: 17” width with 20m lines, a 20” width with 23m lines (3m ext), and a 23” width with 27m lines.
The Compstick Sentinel features above the bar power tuning with single center-line safety depower, spectra sheeting/throw line with sliding stopper, adjustable length throw, tuning cleat power system with a toggle that uses a magnet to control excess tuning slack and a low V. The inside lines end in knots and the outside lines end in loops. The Sentinel offers a sturdy quick release that integrates a below the bar hand swivel which also doubles as a quick release guard. The quick release handle locks in the open position and resetting is fairly straight forward – simply place the end of the loop back into position and then depress a stainless steel tab that frees the release handle and locks the quick release back together. The Compstick is the only bar in our test that featured dual outside line OS handles with no adjustment for outside line length. OS handles can be bulky and a point of tangle in spaghetti situations, but they can also save you in a dicey situation. The bar ends offer bungees for keeping the lines clean and the floats are separate from the bar ends. While testers liked the smaller diameter grip and raised volcano next to the insert which helps avoid pinched fingers, testers found the grip to be fairly dense with thin rubber ridges along the handle that make for a very aggressive yet solid grip. The color coding on this bar is clear and obvious which is great for wave riding with the left side of the bar and the floats sporting a solid red color that is unmistakable. The Compstick features bomber construction and tons of features which makes this one of the heavier bars in our test and comes with bulkier foam floats as a result.
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