The Turbine allows you to go beyond mowing the lawn with an amazing combination of power and performance for light wind conditions.
• Size 17m
• Lightwind Kite
• Slingshot One Pump System
What we like:
The 2014 Turbine has loads of grunt and power, which is the most important thing for light wind riding. Then, to add to the mix, it water relaunches extremely well in almost any wind conditions even for a beginner. To top it off, it also races upwind! That's pretty much the perfect combo for a light wind kite and it's no wonder the Turbine is such a popular kite in the REAL lesson center and with light wind kiteboarders all over the world.
For 2014, the Turbine was completely redesigned and it has 2 new small struts on each wingtip and a new short bridle. These changes have made the kite even more stable in light air with more grunt and performance.
The only negative feedback we have heard from anyone about the Turbine is that it's relatively easy to become overpowered if you try to fly the turbine into the high teen. That's probably because everyone likes riding this kite so much that they don't want to switch down to a smaller kite when it starts to get really windy! The Turbine is also expectedly slow. It is faster than some big kites but it is a 17m and turns like a big kite. This does NOT translate into heavy bar pressure, so it is easy for all strengths and weights to ride.
Why you want the 2014 Slingshot Turbine:
The Turbine is the most popular kite of all time in the REAL Lesson Center. No other kite has done as much to change the way we look at the sport than the Turbine. So when the wind is 10 - 14mph, we all now look at the water and say "awesome - perfect conditions for the Turbine"!
Everyone knows that if you want to get on the water and have fun in 5 to 6 knots your kite has to be light. We agree, but if you want to go beyond just mowing the lawn you need a sophisticated kite. The new Turbine not only gets you on the water first, it provides a performance ride and lets you stay on the water even as the wind is picking up.
Our progressive Open Delta C design has been updated with a new bridle. We moved from last year’s 3 point LE attachment configuration to a new 5 point cascading bridle attachment system. This is critical for creating a more consistent smooth feel throughout the power stroke when sheeting in and out with the bar. This gives you specific control over the power which significantly increases range on the low end and high end. Additional new improvements include a new lower aspect ratio that is combined with a LE diameter reduction of 9%. The two work together to create more grunt and power without sacrificing riding speed, efficiency or upwind performance.
The Turbine has adopted our proven mini strut technology that makes it a full structured five strut kite. It eliminates battens while offering the same benefits seen with our reflex wingtip in our other Open Delta C kites. To enhance rider customization we have added three additional wingtip attachment points for the rear flying lines. A Turbine should be part of every riders quiver.
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