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 Post subject: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:41 am 
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I heard the turbine 2013 is already available.Anybody tried it out? Differences to 2012 ?
Any need to upgrade? Better upwind, faster turning?


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:15 pm 
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Me 2 :)

How is the kite for race ? The weight is low but so is the AR ? Will it be forward enough in the window to compete with?


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:38 am 
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Yes, the 2013 turbine is available at XLKites.com.

There is not much if any difference in speed and handling from the 2012. The biggest difference is that the 2013 has two different settings on the wingtip.

The 2011 turbine pulled like a truck, and the 2012 lost a little bottom end but handled better as the wind picked up. The 2013 has two setting, one for low end (like 2011) and one for higher winds (like 2012). I have personally ridden this kite with a spleen door in around 6-8mph, but I weight 140lbs. Still it's one of the best light wind kites that we've flown, and we fly a lot here.

The only other design change is there are inserts at the trailing edge near the wingtips to put batons in to firm up the sail. Neil said this would help the kite perform better in higher winds, but we have not gotten to play with those yet.

Overall great kite, relaunches in wind that's two light to ride most times. Sorry but I with my weight a 17 and a race board doesn't work well, so I can't talk about it as far as racing, but being a low aspect kite I would think that it may not be the best race kite, but I honestly don't know.


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:44 pm 
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http://internationalkiteboarding.org/im ... 0kites.pdf

turbine 2012 3,7kg ?
how heavy is the turbine 2013 ?


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:45 pm 
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ripper tom wrote:
http://internationalkiteboarding.org/im ... 0kites.pdf

turbine 2012 3,7kg ?
how heavy is the turbine 2013 ?


2012 is 4.0 kg according to your link... :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:05 pm 
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I think that's good for me.



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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:51 pm 
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I just put the kite on a digital Scale and got 8.4lbs or 3.63kgs. I'm checking with the manufacturer to see if they have an official weight.


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:55 am 
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OK, didn't have the 2011 or 2012. I heard the 2011 was a bit of a dog but worked in low winds.
I'm 90kg and ride a skim in 8 knots quite easy in the tropics on my 2013 Turbine. It turns reasonably quick for a 17m and has a remarkable ease to its flying. Whne the wind picks up, its not a scarey thing which is what happens to alot of big kites. I've been out in 15-17 knots without depowering still and didn't feel the need to. This thing has massive range.

The tips have batten pockets. If you use battens (or as i did thick nylon line) then the bar presure which is quite low for a big beast increases a bit but reducing the flap the tips have when its getting powered. In less than 10 knots the tips don't flap.

In short, BIG kites just got fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Is anyone having trouble inserting the batten strips into the pockets on the 2013 Turbine? I can get them about half way in before they won't go any further. It feels like they are running into some type of glue or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Slingshot Turbine 2013
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:05 pm 
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I tried putting them in yesterday, same problem. Any tips?


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