Back for the third year of light wind domination, the Turbine is once again blowing kiteboarder's minds about how much fun you can have in light wind. Slingshot made adjustments to the wing tip, construction and bridle to make the 2013 Turbine much faster, better up wind and have superior water relaunch to any light wind kite on the market.
TURBINE 2013 COMPLETE PACKAGE SPECS:
• 2013 Turbine Size 17m
• 2013 Comp Stick Control Bar 23" (w/ 27m lines)
• Light Weight Bladder Set
• Slingshot Kite Leash
• BIG Kite Backpack
What we like:
This kite has changed light wind kiteboarding. You can go out in extreme light wind and the kite stays in the sky. If you are a beginner and crash it, the Turbine relaunches every time with no effort. The current design really jams up wind in almost nothing. If you own this kite you will get way more sessions and you will be stoked out of your mind.
What we don't like:
This is a big kite and it is slow just like all other big kites. If you want to sit on the beach and talk about how fast your 12m is then have at it. If you want to take a lot more sessions then pony up and get a 2013 Turbine. The sessions are worth the cash.
Why you want the 2013 Turbine:
There is no question about it that you will get a lot more session with the 2013 Turbine. They are really fun sessions too, not just mowing the lawn. As soon as there is a ripple of wind, you can fly this kite and go kiteboarding. Once you hit double digits you can get good jumps and ride a regular board. Since it water relaunches so easily, any level of rider can appreciate the value of adding the Turbine to their quiver.
The first thing you will notice about the kite is its size. Turning the kite on its side for launch, the center strut is about 7′ off the ground. Not being a fan of huge slow turning kites, I was skeptical. But with the extra line length and bar size, your initial power stroke has grunt and seems to go on forever. Im 215lbs + what ever gear I might have on, and with a small twintip board, I max out around 20-22kts. Surfboard is a bit less due to being overpowerd on a surfboard does not let you edge as much to control your speed. This not an easy kite to hold down when the afternoon thermal kicks up. Depower Is a bit difficult and takes a bit of strength to pull, But depower is not what you buy a 17m for. Low end initial grunt and smooth even bar pressure in light wind make this my go to kite in summer. Its the fat mans 13M
This kite makes light wind a blast
by Nuzzi on January 9, 2013
I hear a lot of people talk smack about only having a 12m as their biggest sized kite. They are missing out.
The Turbine has changed my mind about light wind. I am shocked at the wind range of this kite starting into the single digits and rolling way up into the double digits.
Watching a first time kiter drop this kite in the water and relaunch time and time again in 10mph of wind is amazing. If you are good with the kite, the Turbine will stay in the sky until there is no more wind too!
I was a high wind junky until I added the Turbine to the quiver and now I am just as stoked on for 10mph.