Latest Kiteboarding Review
by Tucker VanTol
I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the 2014 Slingshot RPM kiteboard kite. While most of 2014 gear is released in the fall, the RPM and Turbine are spring releases. This means that while everyone else is testing the new additions of their favorite kites I enjoy trying their new gear and await the arrival of mine some 4-5 months later. While this tests my nerves, it also makes the arrival of the new kites seem like an early Christmas present and revives my motivation to ride in frigid temps.
The 2014 RPM kite is not reinventing the wheel but features several tweaks that further tune in its perfection. For over 9 years now the RPM has been fine tuned like a Thanksgiving turkey and the result is delicious. The RPM has become synonymous with world title performance as well as beginner level versatility in those years and the 2014 rendition is no exception. New for 2014 are aggressive graphics, even more durable construction, updated bar ergonomics, and an insane variety of colors. This kitesurfing kite's new look and fine details are guaranteed to catch anyone's eye. With Slingshot's vast selection of colors you are unlikely to have the same kite as anyone else on the beach. New stitch zones, additional dacron on the trailing edge, and alloy sliders in place of bridle pulleys ensure reliability and low maintenance riding for ages. New bar ergonomics for 2014 include a softer grip safety release, trim line end, and bar grip. The mechanics of the 2014 Slingshot Comp Stick Control Bar remain familiar, further improvements include 360 degree trim function, stiff PVC chicken stick, as well as smooth pin roller release action on the safety.
I have to say that on paper these improvements seem minimal and nit picky. However, that is what you do when you have a near perfect system and you want it better. The new improvements transfer into an even more comfortable, reliable, and easy to use system. What else could you ask for?
As in years past I set up the 14m on wakestyle with medium bar pressure to set a baseline for testing. The kite immediately felt at home and I welcomed the feeling of a crispy canopy once more. The RPM kite has always presented me with a solid, predictable feel and I have to say that for 2014 it has been pushed even further. Solid pop, smooth flying, and forgiveness allow you to progress easily and without worry. The 2014 Slingshot RPM is notably easy to relaunch for any kite and is remarkably easy to relaunch given its performance characteristics. It's no wonder schools worldwide have relied on it for their students.
The new 2014 Slingshot RPM kiteboard kite is a legend that shows no signs of giving up. Every year the designers and riders at Slingshot Sports continue to top themselves and this year is true to form. Give this one a try and you will not be disappointed.
Check out the 2014 Slingshot RPM with video review here
Highlighted Knowledge Center Article
by Jake Mitchell
When kitesurfing, a trim strap allows the rider to make further adjustments to the line lengths (generally the front) to alter the power of the kite. The trim strap is always accessible from the bar, more popular configurations delivered in the form of fabric straps, stopper balls, or strap/cleat systems. Identifying the trim strap is something that should be done during your pre-flight check when on a new kite.
The major difference between sheeting and trimming is that sheeting adjusts the kite's power relative to bar position, whereas trimming adjusts the kite's base power output. Also, unlike sheeting, which changes a kite's back line lengths, sheeting affects the front lines, adjusting the angle of the kite into the wind, or angle of attack.
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