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Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby bodnsay » Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:30 pm

Nowadays we here a lot of bad things what went wrong with this and this kite and manufacturers often get attacked

Therefore I really have to thank all the involved guys in the Slingshot Kite Design Team for the new Octane.
After the first rides on those I have to tell you, that you went really close to my opinion of how a kite should behave.
I didn`t like the former Octane a few years ago, cause it had not enough power in the low end, so I was sceptic about the new one. But everything is great, power, handling, turning speed, direct feel, bar pressure, safety + relaunch :jump:
nothing what I could mention here, well done, keep on doing this work in the future and I will stay your customer :heartface:

And for all those still searching for new kites. There are a lot of other good kites on the market, and maybe even better in certain points, but this one fits best for me :rollgrin:

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby shymac » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:42 pm

Thanks for sharing your stoke!

But you "thank" one of these guy's for sure, next time you see him!... HAHAHAH :giveup:

http://slingshotsports.wordpress.com/20 ... st-report/

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby agio » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:29 pm

hi shymac,

seems you are close to the ss crew. ;-)

looking for abot 1 year for new kites, but never got one in my hands that confinced me in all matters (safety, sizes available, bar pressure, performance I prefer, quality)

SS Octane could be the go but the sizing in 2m steps just sucks!!!

give the RPM a 7 m and the Octane a 8 so you can build up nice quivers like.

7-10-14 for rpm

or

8-11-15 for octane

the existing sizing just keeps me (and for sure other) away from buying slinghot even everything else seems to be perfect.

regards
harry

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby noel » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:40 pm

agio wrote:hi shymac,

seems you are close to the ss crew. ;-)

looking for abot 1 year for new kites, but never got one in my hands that confinced me in all matters (safety, sizes available, bar pressure, performance I prefer, quality)

SS Octane could be the go but the sizing in 2m steps just sucks!!!

give the RPM a 7 m and the Octane a 8 so you can build up nice quivers like.

7-10-14 for rpm

or

8-11-15 for octane

the existing sizing just keeps me (and for sure other) away from buying slinghot even everything else seems to be perfect.

regards
harry
Really just an opinion. I fly RPM 14-10-8 and can ride comfortably to just over 40 mph without a problem at 185 lbs.. If I wanted to ride in winds higher I would have the 6m. Perfect spacing for the RPMs. Last weekend I got a chance to fly the Octane 9 in 30-40 mph winds. It is deffinately not a Rev 3. Totally different kite. Both kites are awesome but the RPM is the "SHIZNIT".

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby CaptainArgh » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:32 pm

agio wrote:...
the existing sizing just keeps me (and for sure other) away from buying slinghot even everything else seems to be perfect.

regards
harry
I don't get why this is an issue? Some kites go by odd sizes (5/7/9/11) some go by even (6/8/10/12). Do you want a kite size every meter?

Anyway, doesn't keep me off the kites. I just looks at the windcharts, adjust for my preference/size, and choose the kite that fits.

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby agio » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:09 pm

yeah, some brands offer every m² on their small sizes which makes sense for some useres to build their ideal set of kites. eg north or fone

every 2nd m² a kite makes sometimes no sense. some companies realized that 5+ years ago when they started to make a 9 to fit to the most used size 12.

we are almost in 2010 and kites offer big range so I don t want to buy a 10 + 8 Combo while 6 + 10 just wont work. so 7 is missing here.


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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby magnus_norway » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:17 am

agio wrote:I don t want to buy a 10 + 8 Combo while 6 + 10 just wont work. so 7 is missing here.
What's so wrong with 6 + 10? I can see that you probably won't always hit the kite's sweet spot, but it will give you a greater high-end than 7 + 10. At least for me, that's the option I would go for... And also, I've heard that the 6 RPM is such a nice kite! I have a 10 RPM now, and I can't wait to complement it with a 6 and a 14. I think that would be the perfect quiver for getting most fun time on the water...

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby CaptainArgh » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:07 pm

Get yourself a 3 kite quiver. That will solve things.

Small guys can get by with a 2 kite quiver and some larger guys if they have a wider board selection. I know some people are very proud that they can buy a 9M and have a one kite quiver. I think for most people, though, you're pushing your luck at the high end to have the kite depowered so much. That is still a lot of sail up there when things go wrong.

That 6M is a sweet kite. You'll have trouble finding the top end of that thing....then again, some people say the same thing about the 8M. :)

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby Bradders » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:18 pm

I agree with Agio, 4 metres between sizes in too big and 2 metres is too small.
3 metres is the perfect size gap between your kites (most companies are doing it now)
ie 12m & 9m or 11m & 8m

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Re: Say thank you to SS Kitedesigner

Postby FarQueLot » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:52 am

In most kite sizing it works well in the money size because of the percentage change in size, i have found good overlap with extensive wind range by going up a 1/3 or down a 1/4 (as in a ratio of 3/4) that's why the 9/12 is a great combo-my own general use from 12 to 30 knots is this kit-Ii have a mixed quiver of 9 fuel and 12 rpm which seems to work well, would love to add a 7 octane to this but lack the number of days that this would see service as i love the 9 powered, and works pretty well in downwinders on light days- boards used will also fill in perceived gaps or just have every sized kite if it matters that much.

With a smaller kite it is harder to get a nice match because of the wind conditions you generally encounter so get what fits your conditions a 7 is a great size that i don't bother with because of my weight(95kgs) - but miss out or have a big day if there is wind constantly above 30 knots. a 6 m will be hard to top out but lack in the bottom end but this is more a storm sail that will cover the ugly end of town and will have a minimal overlap.

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