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  • 2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite
  • 2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite
  • 2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite
  • 2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite
  • 2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite
  • 2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite

2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite



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Product Description

2017 Slingshot RPM Kiteboarding Kite

Video | Technology | Wind Range | Performance Profile | Bar Options

Please Note: Kite color availability is subject to change. If you have a color preference, please contact us at 800-622-4655 to verify color availability.

Current discount and availability

Size Retail MSRP Current Sale Discount
10m $1399 $849 40% off
11m $1449 $899 38% off
12m $1499 $999 35% off
14m $1599 $999 38% off

The Slingshot RPM is back for another year, and this ultimate freeride-freestyle crossover kite is everything that beginners and and advanced riders. Packed with incredible technical features and backed by Slingshot's incredibly durable construction, the 2017 RPM is sure to please. New for 2017 is a material upgrade throughout the canopy, making the RPM even more bombproof. The trailing edge tension is now controlled with the addition of Teijin T2 Polyester rip stop canopy material. This will decrease trailing edge flutter and increase durability. Slingshot also reinforced the one-pump inflation valve's connection to the bladder to help prevent blowouts caused by improper hose attachment/detachment. Finally, Kevlar patches grace the bridle rub on the trailing edges. 

What Slingshot has to say about the 2017 RPM

The RPM returns for 2017 carrying the reputation as one of the greatest kites every produced. Spanning the broad spectrum of users, the RPM is capable of winning multiple world titles as well as appealing to riders of all styles and abilities. From beginners who want a responsive kite with easy relaunch and great depower, to weekend warriors who want to boost big, to world-class competitors like Youri Zoon and Carlos Mario, never before has one kite appealed to so many different types of riders.

The RPM’s Open-C Canopy is a proven shape that has spawned an entire category of kites. For general freeriding, it provides responsive handling, smooth power delivery throughout the window, great boosting ability and powerful but predictable loops. For dedicated freestyle and wakestyle, the RPM’s shape delivers amazing load and pop, smooth pull, massive carry and flawless unhooked performance. No matter what category you fall into, the RPM will improve your entire kiteboarding experience.

Video Overview

Slingshot Technology

RPM bridle setup

The RPM features Slingshot’s unique shock absorbing IRS bridle system. This pulleyless, direct-connect bridle incorporates bungee lines that flex and retract to keep proper tension in the lines as you steer the kite. Slingshot introduced this bridle concept in 2015 and have had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the responsive steering and direct feel it creates. For customized performance, the RPM’s wingtip bridle can be connected at three different points, which allows for tuning of bar pressure, kite feedback and steering speed.

Split Strut

Invented by Slingshot and adopted as the industry gold standard in canopy construction, Split Strut design integrates the kite’s struts into the structure of the canopy. This results a stronger, more stable and more durable canopy. SplitStrut enhances power under heavy load and creates superior efficiency and rigidity in the overall frame.

One-Pump

Slingshot patented the One-Pump system years ago, and today the innovation can be found on almost every kite on the market. The One Pump Speed System makes inflating your kite quick and easy; simply attach your hose and pump your entire kite from one convenient valve. Deflating is just as easy. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you’ve ever had to inflate and deflate your leading edge and all your struts individually, you know how nice it really is.

Tri-Tech protection
 
Ballistic Kevlar, Mark Cloth and Neoprene scuff guards are strategically placed to protect vulnerable areas of the kite from scratches, punctures wear and tear. 
 
Surf Tough tech 
 
Strategic panel layout, superior canopy materials and precision engineered seams and stitching result in kites that can take proper beatings without issue. Slingshot’s unique panel layout not only adds strength and canopy structure, it also helps contain the damage to your kite in the event that it does tear or get punctured. 
 
Dimension Polyant 175 Dacron
 
DP175 is a premium canopy material used solely by Slingshot in the kiteboarding industry. This high-strength, high tenacity material is resistant to bias stretch and retains its structure exceptionally well, which is why we utilize it for every high performance kite we build. Where other brands have cut corners and selected lesser materials to reduce costs, Slingshot has remained committed to quality. 
 
Bayer Material Science Polyurethane Bladders
 
Slingshot bladders are made in the USA to precision specs using high-quality polyurethane.
 

Wind Range*

Kite Size Windrange (KN) Bar Size
4.5 M 24 + 17" or 20"
6 M 22 - 36 17" or 20"
7 M 19 - 33 17" or 20"
8 M 16 - 31 17" or 20"
9 M 14 - 29 20"
10 M 13 - 27 20"
11 M 12 - 24 20"
12 M 11 - 22 20" or 23"
14 M 8 - 17 20" or 23"

*Based on 175 lbs - 80 kg rider

Slingshot Performance Profile*

Upwind Ability                    
Hangtime                    
Depower                    
Surf Performance                    
Powered Loops                    
Low-End Power                    
Boost                    
Relaunch                    
Downwind Drift                    
Unhooked Pop                    
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*Copyright Slingshot

2017 Slingshot Control Bar Options

2017 Slingshot Compstick Guardian Control Bar

2017 Slingshot Compstick Guardian Control Bar

The Slingshot Compstick bar with the Guardian system sets the industry standard for simplicity and effectiveness. The "everything you need and nothing you don't" mentality of Slingshot is personified in this beautiful piece of kite-controlling artwork. 

17" x 20m - Kite sizes 4-8 meters

20" x 20m + 3m extensions - Unviersal size for kites 4-17 meters

23" x 27m - Kite sizes 14-17 meters

2017 Slingshot Compstick Sentinel Control Bar

2017 Slingshot Compstick Compstick Control Bar

The Slingshot Compstick bar with the Sentinel system features everything you enjoyed about the classic Compstick, with an above-the-bar depower system. Don't be confused by the synonymous names - the two Slingshot bar offerings are clearly differentiated by the location of the depower system and an updated safety release system. If you enjoy more of an "out of the way" setup, the Sentinel is the bar for you.

Control bar sizes are consistent with the above chart. 

 

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