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SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Stavros19882 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:33 pm

Greetings.Recently i buyed a second hand SlingShot RPM 2012.The kite is on a good condition expect one problem i see on the trailing edge.I am new on the kitesurf i just started last year so i dont know much about the gear.I took some picture so you can see. Will i have problem with this later on,do i need to make something and look after it?I had also read on the forum about 2012 rpm model that they have this problem offen. Any help me be really appreaciated. thank you
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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Bain » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:07 pm

Any kite will do this if left sitting on the beach flapping in the wind. It happens worse on some kites than others. This is a good example and reason to not leave an inflated kite sitting on the beach, especially in strong wind.

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby t3rse » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:25 pm

It's called cracking. The sail will eventually start to get tiny pin holes where the cracking is occuring. They will all do this with enough use but on the trailing edge it is because it was left on the beach flapping against the sand as Bain stated. You'll notice the material is less crisp where this is occuring, and feels more cloth like.

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Stavros19882 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:14 pm

t3rse wrote:It's called cracking. The sail will eventually start to get tiny pin holes where the cracking is occuring. They will all do this with enough use but on the trailing edge it is because it was left on the beach flapping against the sand as Bain stated. You'll notice the material is less crisp where this is occuring, and feels more cloth like.


Yes this is exactly how it fells..Its fells alot softer like cloth than any other spot of the kite..So is anything i can do about it ?Or i just ride and care of it abit more?...I am abit worried i can say and confused.. :oops:

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Babel » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:39 pm

That is a classic issue with RPMs till 2013 and the reason why the 2014 model has the extra dacron triangles at the trailing edge. Eventually the trailing edge will come off and the kite is broken. You will need to either tape or repair it.

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Stavros19882 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:28 pm

What do you think about reinforce trailing edge ?Will it solve this problem and make the kite better and last longer?

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby UKSurf » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:06 pm

To be honest the material has already been damaged. What will eventually happen is the trailing edge will just fall off. Best to not let it flap on the beach at all to prolong the life of the kite.

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Stavros19882 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:25 pm

The Kite over all is on a great condition.Its just the trailing edge that really worrys me and i think i am gonna have problem. Check some other photos
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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby wardr77 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:06 pm

I have a similar issue with my 10m 2013 rpm, though the damage is not as severe as yours. I have noticed that the trailing edge flaps with an incredible speed when it is upside down being walked to the beach / launch zone and believe this is when the main damage is done, so I try not to walk too far with it and when on the beach will weigh down the trailing edge with shingle / sand. I have also sprayed the fabric with a UV spray which does a good job of hiding the cracks but probably does nothing in terms of strengthening the material. The only real way of dealing with the problem is to get it repaired or nurse it until such time that you can get hold of the 2014 version.

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Re: SlingShot 212 RPM 10M Trailing edge!

Postby Stavros19882 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:25 pm

yes i am gonna trry repair it and reinforce trailing edge so it gets more solid


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