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clint2070
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2018 Naish Slash

Postby clint2070 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:04 am

First session on my 2018 12m Slash. This Kite is All Time ! Even just after one session. This is the best Kite I’ve ever owned ! It’s super fast but still has insane low end and killer drift ! The semi magic wind at the strand didn’t hinder anything either ! Awesome day in San Diego ! It’s not often we get good wind and a swell here ! I ate it up and now I’m beat !
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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby tautologies » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:09 am

Oh man. That is one good looking kite. Did you try to jump it?

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby clint2070 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:33 am

tautologies wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:09 am
Oh man. That is one good looking kite. Did you try to jump it?
just w my surfboard/strapless. I don't have a TT right now. Its awesome for strapless airs though. The kite doesn't fly behind me when I load and pop. Im not so sure that the pivot has more low end then the slash. My 12m pivot would have worked today but I think the slash was the call. It might not have the wind range the pivot has but it definitely has the low end. This kite has Beef ! Im a heavy guy. Im so sick of under powered wave kites ! The Slash has power, drift and turning speed all in one ! I thought it must be up sized but i put it next to my friends new 12m solo and they looked equal ! Im just an average kiter but this kite is going to up my game for sure ! Its pretty too !

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby magnusod » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:01 pm

clint2070 wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:04 am
First session on my 2018 12m Slash. This Kite is All Time ! Even just after one session. This is the best Kite I’ve ever owned ! It’s super fast but still has insane low end and killer drift ! The semi magic wind at the strand didn’t hinder anything either ! Awesome day in San Diego ! It’s not often we get good wind and a swell here ! I ate it up and now I’m beat !IMG_0456.JPG
Great to hear. After loads of considerations I decided to opt for the Salsh in favour of Pivot. I'm a heavyweight as well so good news that there's some serious low end. My thoughts were also that the second year should be better as they did some design tweaks after the feedback from the first year.

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby omg » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:44 am

Clint, any chance you could weigh the kite without the bag, please?

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby clint2070 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:21 am

omg wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:44 am
Clint, any chance you could weigh the kite without the bag, please?
Im getting 7.8lbs
not sure how accurate that is considering I'm using my digital bathroom scale and taring my weight. This is how I weigh my board bags when I fly and its accurate then but on something this light my technique could be flawed.

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby tautologies » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:34 am

Is this the yellow and blue version? The kite looks so killer.

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby clint2070 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:44 am

magnusod wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:01 pm
clint2070 wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:04 am
First session on my 2018 12m Slash. This Kite is All Time ! Even just after one session. This is the best Kite I’ve ever owned ! It’s super fast but still has insane low end and killer drift ! The semi magic wind at the strand didn’t hinder anything either ! Awesome day in San Diego ! It’s not often we get good wind and a swell here ! I ate it up and now I’m beat !IMG_0456.JPG
Great to hear. After loads of considerations I decided to opt for the Salsh in favour of Pivot. I'm a heavyweight as well so good news that there's some serious low end. My thoughts were also that the second year should be better as they did some design tweaks after the feedback from the first year.
I usually hate it when companies start tweaking designs ! It always seems for the worse ! I was worried this years Slash wouldn't have as much low end but its got tons. I might of said this already but I don't see how the 12m pivot has more low end than the Slash ! This kite has got BEEF for sure ! I have a 2015 12m pivot That I should compare side to side. If I get a streak of wind Ill try to force myself to do the Pepsi Challenge on them. This kite kinda reminds me of my old rabbit kites but without any of the flaws like shooting through the window and not staying where you put it. Or sucking really bad in bigger sizes and small sizes like the Boss,Big Mama and the Bunny. The Smoke and The Punch were money but they still had major flaws. I kept those rabbit kites forever till I tried the pivot then they were sold fast. My wrists are toast ! The specialist I seen told me I had a 90yr olds wrist in a 47yr olds body. she said if she replaced it that I would just break it and really be fucked. Anyway my point is that I can fly this 12m with one hand ! I haven't been able to do that in a long time w any kite. Its super fast for a 12m. It also stays driving forward when doing strapless airs. Might of said all this before but my quiver this year is 14m pivot,12 slash,12m boxer for foil,10m slash,8m pivot. rode the 14m pivot for a 2.5hr session today and had a blast ! Kinda wish I got the green instead of the grey but other than that Im super stoked on my gear this year. my 138 Monarch comes in the mail Thursday but a TT but I don't see it getting any action till the LV classic unless I drive to San Felipe for a shotgun trip. I suck bad on a TT but Ill try to post my experiences jumping on the slash w a TT once I do. If my solo shot 3 ever gets here Ill take some video too. ! :evil:

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby topmick » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:04 am

Hi Clint, can you compare the Slash to any other brands wave kites besides Naish ?
I have been reading your posts on Naish for a while now, it's cool if your just a stoked consumer but one does wonder if you have anything to disclose. ??

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Re: 2018 Naish Slash

Postby magnusod » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:27 pm

clint2070 wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:44 am
magnusod wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:01 pm
clint2070 wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:04 am
First session on my 2018 12m Slash. This Kite is All Time ! Even just after one session. This is the best Kite I’ve ever owned ! It’s super fast but still has insane low end and killer drift ! The semi magic wind at the strand didn’t hinder anything either ! Awesome day in San Diego ! It’s not often we get good wind and a swell here ! I ate it up and now I’m beat !IMG_0456.JPG
Great to hear. After loads of considerations I decided to opt for the Salsh in favour of Pivot. I'm a heavyweight as well so good news that there's some serious low end. My thoughts were also that the second year should be better as they did some design tweaks after the feedback from the first year.
I usually hate it when companies start tweaking designs ! It always seems for the worse ! I was worried this years Slash wouldn't have as much low end but its got tons. I might of said this already but I don't see how the 12m pivot has more low end than the Slash ! This kite has got BEEF for sure ! I have a 2015 12m pivot That I should compare side to side. If I get a streak of wind Ill try to force myself to do the Pepsi Challenge on them. This kite kinda reminds me of my old rabbit kites but without any of the flaws like shooting through the window and not staying where you put it. Or sucking really bad in bigger sizes and small sizes like the Boss,Big Mama and the Bunny. The Smoke and The Punch were money but they still had major flaws. I kept those rabbit kites forever till I tried the pivot then they were sold fast. My wrists are toast ! The specialist I seen told me I had a 90yr olds wrist in a 47yr olds body. she said if she replaced it that I would just break it and really be fucked. Anyway my point is that I can fly this 12m with one hand ! I haven't been able to do that in a long time w any kite. Its super fast for a 12m. It also stays driving forward when doing strapless airs. Might of said all this before but my quiver this year is 14m pivot,12 slash,12m boxer for foil,10m slash,8m pivot. rode the 14m pivot for a 2.5hr session today and had a blast ! Kinda wish I got the green instead of the grey but other than that Im super stoked on my gear this year. my 138 Monarch comes in the mail Thursday but a TT but I don't see it getting any action till the LV classic unless I drive to San Felipe for a shotgun trip. I suck bad on a TT but Ill try to post my experiences jumping on the slash w a TT once I do. If my solo shot 3 ever gets here Ill take some video too. ! :evil:
If they screw up the design..for sure...but...at least lately I was under the impression that Naish was quite good at gradually improving their kites from year to year. My impression...although never tried one...was that the Slash wasn't an instant hit as the Pivot was already from beginning, so there was room for improvement. By design tweaks I meant som minor design changes not redesigning the kite from scratch.

Hmmm...the way you describe the Slash 12 I wished I would have waited for that model. Just got an 11 m Pivot a year ago and are now adding a 6 and 8 Slash to that quiver. Maybe upgrade to Slash 12 next year then...


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