Sizes Available: 133cm x 39.6cm, 137cm x 41cm, 143cm x 43.3cm, 147cm x 43.5cm
Sizes Tested: 143cm x 43.3cm
The all NEW 2020 MISFIT features a new outline and a NEW tip and tail profile. This new outline reduces board drag as well as giving it a smoother release from the water. With a new tip and tail profile, riders will experience less spray in the face and more forgiving landings when learning new tricks.
Still featuring a space-age hybrid Koroyd and wood core, the new 2020 MISFIT is rewriting the formula of the progressive freeride twin tip. This board has been a Slingshot cult favorite, world-renowned as one of the best all-around twin tips in the world. Legions of die-hard fans and kiteboarders have ridden the MISFIT at one point in their lifetime. It’s beginner-friendly, freestyle friendly, upwind, downwind, flat water, chop and big air friendly. It’s our most versatile board, designed for all-conditions utility, with enough tech and performance built in to stand up to its reputation as one of the best all-around twin tips in kiteboarding.
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Our Testers Say:
“The Misfit was instantly comfortable; it gets on plane early, handled the chop well, and was really fun for jumping and casual riding. Comes with super comfortable bindings and the translucent tips look cool.” // Marko Bartscherer
“Loved it, really fast and smooth. The Misfit burned upwind, handling the chop really well and offered great pop for excellent jumps.” // Tom Moore
“Tracks well and feels stable, features heavier construction with good upwind ability, solid edge control and smooth chop handling.” // Brad Poulos
The goalposts have not changed for this year’s Misfit: big air freeride is still king, but the formula for the 2020 Misfit has been reimagined to deliver an endorphin rush with a refined ride that offers more comfort and dependability. This year the Misfit went back to the drawing board and emerged once again with a simple bottom shape featuring a single concave and NACA duct channels exiting out the tips, but the big change is the outline’s rounder mid-section and fuller tips. It looks as if the rocker is the same or very similar but what we noticed straight off the beach is how the new Misfit shape slips upwind through the chop. If the old Misfit shape felt like a low rocker board with straighter rails and required more backfoot weight to keep the nose slicing cleanly through the chop, the new Misfit cut through the chop with ease, requiring much less focus from the rider. With the old Misfit, you felt every single bump at high speeds, but the new Misfit feels as if it has a more forgiving flex pattern that sucks up all the chaos and makes upwind charging a bit more effortless. The Misfit offers solid tracking with a grippy locked-in feel, but with enough back-foot pressure, you can break the fins loose. The Misfit offers control and confidence at high speeds but also keeps it playful and approachable for more casual riders. With its rounder outline, the new Misfit seems to initiate and hold turns more easily, making transitions and carving more intuitive and thus more casual and fun. The Misfit’s outline might have softened up its upwind edge control a bit but it still remains an incredibly fast board that feels really efficient in the water with the potential to handle a ton of speed and power. With its soft to medium flex pattern, the Misfit continues to be a solid option for performance freeride with its excellent edge control, fast speed and flexy load and pop — it’s built for teeing up massive boosts and forgiving landings. The new template broadens the appeal of the Misfit, making it more than just a greased lightning big air launchpad; opening up it’s edging appeals to a broader segment of the freeride market. The Misfit now has more user-friendly casual freeride characteristics well suited for the progressing kiter while keeping its high performance big air credentials in its back pocket for those looking to flip the vertical switch.
The Misfit comes with three insert options that are mounted down the centerline of the board for adjusting stance width and was mated with the 2020 Dually pad and strap system that has undergone a complete redesign for this year. The footbed frame is completely new and offers a slightly wider range of duck stance adjustability. The cushy part of the pad is now built out of triple density foam layers. The top layer has a firm rubbery feel with concentric ribbed circles for good lateral traction and is combined with a softer base layer EVA that incorporates swappable foam inserts to dial in your personal heel firmness. You can choose between two options; as medium weight riders, we preferred the softer insert, while bigger riders might choose the more dense insert. The footstrap mounting points can move forward or back (like the previous version), shifting the strap’s position over your toes or more over your arch for perfect positioning. The new strap offers four Velcro adjustment points, all secured with a protective enclosure that makes it easy to adjust the strap to accommodate the contours of your arch. This year SS has softened the foam under the strap making it feel extra plush and grippy compared to years past. The footbed features a fair amount of contour around the heel and under the arch with a substantial toe bump that your toes can really sink into and with the concentric rubber grooves you get a really solid locked-in feel that is also very plush and comfortable. The handle is a combination of plastic and rubber which makes it a little more forgiving if you get raked over your board during a wipeout. Overall, the new Dually pads and straps have received some great upgrades to materials and function with testers giving the redesigned system high marks for adjustability and comfort.
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