The RPM has been a major stand out for 5 years and you would be crazy if you didn’t like it.
Changes for 2014 include epic new graphics, a new size (everyone's favorite - the 11m), some tweaks to the bridle 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.
• 2014 RPM Sizes: 4.5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
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 bridle tweak 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.
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.
Top Pros and high performance riders world wide know the secret behind the RPM. The open C platform allows for fast riding, explosive pop with the correct amount of boost, travel and drift. This allow for aggressive moves with fast and solid landings.
The new 2014 builds on our proven legacy with a kite that rides faster, is more responsive, more crisp and more dialed in than ever before. Through years of testing and rider feedback, we have made new improvements and subtle refinements to set a new standard for performance and durability. Our new “Diamond Leech” technology improves air flow for “clean” air release off the trailing edge. This feature improves aerodynamics, and is a major part of why the kite is faster, and has a new crisp feel. The Diamond Leech improved the over all stability of the leach. This significantly helps with wear and tear or flutter.
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