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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby marekmk » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:12 pm

Yes 3 struts is enough. Have flown the 09 Ozone light and RPM which both have 3 struts. The Ozone is lighter on the bar and faster turning.
I suggest you try both kites before you buy.
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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby Tybee » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:31 pm

Tried both as well in 12m. But the RPM is way more fun if you want to do freestyle! I orderde them now! Yes, let it rock!

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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby shymac » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:10 pm

Let it rock!

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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby papasmerf » Sun May 03, 2009 5:53 am

Mr Shymac,

what is the specific improvement in the new bars coming out over the the current '09 bars right now?

thanks for any info.

btw,,,,,rode a 14m RPM,,,,,very nice

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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby Kitelifer » Sun May 03, 2009 2:23 pm

The RPM 14 is a sweeeeet kite, relaunches great , turns great, maybe not as low end as some but i loved it, might even trade in my SB3 14 for one.

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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby Hybridkiter » Sun May 03, 2009 8:09 pm

The RPM's are super fun kites. 12 is the largest I have flown, and I bought it after a demo. Very C-like in feel. The 8 is just stupid fun--bought that one too. Kiteloops are easy because the RPM's come through the turns with fast constant power so the kite is pulling you up, when you are coming down--love that!

Relaunch has been excellent thus far, including relaunch from a full release with kite tumbled several times and an invert that I popped out--easy by a yank to front lines. I did not expect to be able to relaunch, and was really impressed when the kite basically sorted itself out when you yank on the backs. It must have rolled twice.

I am trying some unhooked again for the first time in 6 years. The kite inspires confidence, in me at least.

I am not affiliated with anyone, buy my own kites, and couldn't care less what others are on. As a point of reference I was not that into the 2008 Rev, or the T-series kites--not direct enough of a feel for me. Loved the 06 Vegas too.

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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby Uride2 » Mon May 04, 2009 5:37 am

What is the low-end of the RPM 14m?
Say as compared the SB3 14m, the same? Couple miles-per-hour lower or higher?


Kitelifer wrote:The RPM 14 is a sweeeeet kite, relaunches great , turns great, maybe not as low end as some but i loved it, might even trade in my SB3 14 for one.

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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby shymac » Mon May 04, 2009 5:07 pm

papasmerf wrote:Mr Shymac,

what is the specific improvement in the new bars coming out over the the current '09 bars right now?

thanks for any info.

btw,,,,,rode a 14m RPM,,,,,very nice


The new 2010 is still on lock down for the public to check out but it will come with the industry standard push release CL. Anything that bugs you about the current bar will be probably changed for the 2010. I really getting excited for this piece of equipment and it is really gonna change some things... Innovation, Simplicity, Performance.... ISP. :redcard: :cooltext:

But for those that haven't seen the new RPM bar; It is by far the cleanest SS bar to date... Still light years ahead in terms of safety, bar feel, Simplicity, and overall performance.
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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby shymac » Mon May 04, 2009 5:18 pm

Uride2 wrote:What is the low-end of the RPM 14m?
Say as compared the SB3 14m, the same? Couple miles-per-hour lower or higher?


Low end of the SB3 should be just a bit better due it being a Bow and the RPM being a Open-C. But with that said I believe the RPM will be much lighter in the air so in turn giving you very good low end performance for a kite that has more of its DNA coming for a C then a Bow. If your looking for total low end performance Bow's have that dialed...

For me and my weight 165lb, I can get the RPM 14M with a glide or 6'2" in about 11-13 knots. The enclosed photo does show some great light wind kiting. Because if that Paraglider in the background is out you know its pretty light out and steady...
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Re: Slingshot RPM. Is 3 Struts Enough?

Postby kiter147 » Mon May 04, 2009 10:14 pm

hey how is the turning speed compared to a thruster ? both 8m in about 15-20knots


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