The RPM has been a major stand out for 5 years and you would be crazy if you didn’t like it.
Big changes for 2014 include epic new graphics, a new size (everyone's favorite - the 11m), a full bridle redesign to pulley less system and significant changes to the canopy materials to almost eliminate flutter. The combo makes the 2014 RPM a big step up in performance and durability over previous model year RPM kites.
RPM 2014 COMPLETE PACKAGE SPECS:
- 2014 RPM Sizes: 4.5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
- Designed to be flown with the 2014 Slingshot Comp Stick
- 2014 Comp Stick Control Bar 17" (w/ 20m lines for 4m - 9m)
- 2014 Comp Stick Control Bar 20" (w/ 23m lines for 10m - 12m)
- 2014 Comp Stick Control Bar 23" (w/ 27m lines for 14m)
- Slingshot Kite Leash
- BIG Kite Backpack
What we like:
This kite has been a top performer for years and there were some big changes in 2014, so we were a bit afraid. Fortunately - it's a actually a big jump up from last year! The new bridle gives you the perfect direct bar feel without having it feel heavy in your hands. This also improved the water relaunch so much that the RPM relaunches better than most dedicated beginner kites we have tested.
The trailing edge panel layout was reengineered and the addition of a large section of Dacron almost eliminates flapping . This translates into an amazing silky smooth ride, better low wind and high wind performance and improved long term durability.
The 2014 RPM is going to last you a really really long time and when you do change out, you will definitely appreciate how well this kite holds its value and performance.
Not to be overlooked, Slingshot added an 11m to the range this year, and man is that kite a sweet size to fill the gap of the 12m to 10m sizes everyone was asking for.
What we don't like:
Some of our reviewers mentioned are that the RPM does not slack out like a true C kite on unhooked wake style. This is characteristic of kites with bridles since they are sitting deeper in the wind window than a C kite like the Fuel. We also don't like that It took 5 years to get an 11m size!
Why you want the 2014 Slingshot RPM:
Our favorite kite just got a huge upgrade and continues to be the kite to ride for anyone that wants the top ranked all around kite in the world. Ask around on any beach and you will find just how many people ride the RPM and love it.
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