2017 Slingshot Turbine Kiteboarding Kite
This year, Slingshot's taken it up a notch with the Turbine. Introducing a new line of sizes, the Turbine is unleashing this high-aspect, high-efficiency kite to the masses. When it comes to sizing, Slingshot suggests kiting down at least one size from your normal riding size. The larger sizes are going to be ideal for newer riders and light winds. The 11- and 13-meters are going to be perfect for aggressive riding, lofty airs, and spicy riding. The smaller sizes are going to be perfect for advanced riders looking to have massive air and aggressive, high-end freeriding performance.
What Slingshot has to say about the 2017 Turbine
The Turbine has proven to be one of the best light-wind kites ever made. For 2017, Slingshot is unleashing this high-aspect, high-efficiency machine in a full range of sizes. All the same qualities that make the Turbine such a great light wind kite translate to an aggressive, high-power, high-performance weapon as you go down in size and up in wind speed.
15, 17, 19 meter: The proven light wind kite of choice for riders of all abilities. The Turbine’s high-aspect, high-efficiency profile gets you out and riding when others watch from the shore hoping for the wind to pick up.
11, 13 meter: Perfect for intermediate to advanced riders who want a massive dose of spice on those moderate-wind days, or as a full light-wind kite for smaller riders. This range yields long, lofty airs, aggressive upwind angles and more power than any kite of the same size.
5, 7, 9 meter: Massive air, lofty hangtime and aggressive, high-power freeride performance. Described as “a Rally on steroids”, this size range is perfect for experienced riders who are ready to take their riding to the next level, and for foilers looking for competition-level performance out of a small kite.
The Turbine features a five-point cascading bridle and optimized leading edge and strut design. This configuration is engineered to give the Turbine stability and structure across a huge range of available sizes and provide easy relaunch in all wind conditions.
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.
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.
|Kite Size||Windrange (KN)||Bar Size|
|5 M||22 - 35+||17" or 20"|
|7 M||17 - 30||17" or 20"|
|9 M||13 - 26||20"|
|11 M||10 - 22||20"|
|13 M||8 - 19||20" or 23"|
|15 M||7 - 17||20" or 23"|
|17 M||5 - 15||20" or 23"|
|19 M||4 - 13||20" or 23"|
*Based on 175 lbs - 80 kg rider
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
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.