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Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby CaptainArgh » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:30 pm

I haven't seen a post here, but there appears to be an imminent summer release to much of the Slingshot line-up that is already being discussed online. New boards, kites, bar add-ons and other fun stuff.

Nothing live on the SS website yet, but if you google "Slingshot Kite 2018" there is a lot out there from the European distributors.

Curious if anyone has tried any of the new or refreshed gear and can share some feedback?

Looks like the Rally, SST, Fuel and Z are refreshed. New graphics, didn't notice significant changes but haven't seen the marketing hype yet.
The new foil foiling kite is being released, plus new foil boards, mounts and wings.
There is a new surfboard called the Mixer that seems to sit between the Celeritas and the Tyrant in the line-up.
They also now have a swap-out option for the CL on the bars. You can get a small metal releasable bar, instead of the loop, for direct attachment to slider ropes.
I think that's what I gathered, I'm sure I missed some stuff, though...

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new "Mixer"
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The Talon!
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Has anyone tried this? If you had this on your bar and wanted to swap kites, can this still hold a standard kite hook in a pinch, or is it "rope" or nothing? Not a deal breaker, just curious. I currently still like the versatility of the hook, but this add-on is tempting.

Phantom (designed with Elf kites)
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In any case, I'm sure there is more data somewhere else I haven't come across, but was hoping to get some early feedback from folks who have tested the new gear.
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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby Bletti » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:53 pm

CaptainArgh wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:30 pm

Phantom (designed with Elf kites)
Nice, I had a feeling when I saw the first prototype it was an Elf design.

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby socommk23 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:11 pm

Phantom? Peterlynn phantom comes to mind.

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby CaptainArgh » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:24 pm

Bletti wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:53 pm
Nice, I had a feeling when I saw the first prototype it was an Elf design.
I don't know foils, but it's nice to hear that's a good thing. People get skeptical when LEI companies make foil kites, and vice versa.

Their B kites have always been solid learning kites, but their last production foil snowkite (Ranger?) didn't seem well received.

Be curious to see what bar the Phantoms will fly with. Do they fly with the standard compsticks or a special bar? Foils usually have nice rear flag out brake lines and such. But again... not my expertise.
socommk23 wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:11 pm
Phantom? Peterlynn phantom comes to mind.
There's preliminary info on Real's site;
2018 Slingshot Phantom Wing

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby Bletti » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:43 pm

Modern high aspect foil kites have conventional single front line flagout. They should be fine with the standard compstick. Elf were the pioneers of high aspect foil kites we see these days so he has plenty of experience and it's a whole lot better than starting from scratch or with some unknown designer.

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby socommk23 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:26 pm

Having looked at the link. All its pros are simply what every other foil kite does. Its nothing new what so ever. Its just another kite manufacturer jumping the band wagon.
Still great to see more options and the effect this will have on the market.

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby dylan* » Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:21 am

that surfboard looks sick

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

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Re: Slingshot 2018 Release line-up!?

Postby ciscokitesurfer » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:39 am

the board look sick... may be
in regards the chicken loop is already for sale and I will get one but

why they just sell the metal part ? We (current slingshot bar owner) can swap it for the chickenloop rope\plastic. I have three bar so I have to buy three units.

below is what I say
1 -waist of resources
2 - I will have 3 chicken loop that I can't use or sell.

love slingshot products.


cheersa


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