Slingshot RPM 2013
The launch of the new 2013 RPM is more or less the same platform that has been used for th last three generation but why change it. The 2013 model changes include the 12m which has been increased in size to widen the gap between the 10m..
The Slingshot RPM has revolutionised the sport of kite surfing. Being able to blend all the positive attributes of a C kite and an SLE kite. Many brands and models have claimed this over the years since the SLE was invented, but none of them have mamanged to get so close to actually matching the feel of a C kite. This may not sound crucial, but a C kite feel is what makes it so easy to perform tricks on. The way it tugs back on the lines helps the rider to perform tricks, where an SLE just feels numb. The RPM has these attributes that almost matches a C kite. Its SLE platform makes it also a strong contender for waves aswell. It manages to perform well in swell, and the instant relaunch helps in the trick moments to. Build quality is exceptional. The slingshot line set feature the super strong 800lb front lines which are not only very durable but have a very high breaking strain. The RPM is the kite for every rider who does not have a particular discipline, but wants it all, Freestyle, Wake, Wave Jumps. It does everything very well and manages to do them all better than any other kite out there. It’s worth the price you pay for it. Faults or weaknesses There have been 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 models. None of them have had any build issues. Bridles can wear out fast and check line sets are not stretched. On the 2010 model you may want to check the stopper ball as this had a fault which meant it did not stay in place. There is an upgrade for this available from Slingshot. Due to the high demand for this kite, resale value is often a great deal higher then other brands often fetching 400 – 500 for a 12month old model. To be continued
About the 14m RPM
Because the RPM is in proportionally a large kite, the larger sizes struggle a bit in the light winds by todays standards. The 14m although wakes up in low wind, tends to pull you downwind quite quickly so really only offers perhaps 2 to 3 kts advantage over a 12 rpm.
The rally is much more efficient in light winds although offers no where near as good feedback and feel/handling as the RPM
Faults and weaknesses.
Very few faults have been reported but watch the back pigtails rubbing on the leading edge on the easlier models. Bridals wear out quite quickly. Otherwise this is a bullet proof kite and has no major issues to watch out for