The Slash is a new wave specific kite to the Naish line up. Despite being new to the line, the Slash felt like an updated version of the much loved Naish Park.
Very responsive - Turns quickly with power.
Medium radius turn.
Sits a bit forward of the middle of the wind window.
Moderate wind range - 170 lb riders expect optimal power on a 10m in 17-21mph wind on a surfboard
Medium Bar Pressure
•Power Per Size
Rides true to size, this kite flies best in the middle of its wind range
Quad-Tex Canopy | The strongest material in the industry, proprietary to Naish
High flow valve with direct to hose connection Octopus internal strut connection system.
Simple leading edge bridle that uses sliding rings with no moving parts.
Full wingtip shape with a subtle sweep to it.
Octopus inflation allows you easily deflate the struts and pack these kites small.
What We Like
The Naish Slash is an awesome wave kite for people that like to feel the power of their kite. It is strange that every manufacture has a different view as to how a wave kite should perform. For Naish, they designed the Slash to feel powered in all parts of the wind window while riding waves. The full wing tips and medium radius turn make it feel like the kite is carving through the sky with power.
This kite has a very familiar feel to some the the previous versions of the Naish Park. It pulls through the entire turn because of the full bodied wing tips. It feels light in the sky and has precise snappy feeling turns. There is no time when you are riding this kite that you forget where it is. This is a great attribute for a wave kite.
We tested the BTB(Below The Bar depower) Torque bar to have some extra long throw and the Slash has a lot of top end wind range. It is such a quick turning kite that even with slack back lines you still had plenty of steering to keep you connected with the waves.
The Naish Slash takes a beating well. We twisted it up in the surf a few times and there was no physical damage to the kite. It also came out of some situations that we thought would have us swimming in.
Naish's internal Octopus inflation system is a pain in the butt to change a bladder on. Rarely do we have issues with their bladders, but when you do, it will take at least a six pack to get through it. On the plus side, the Octopus is really nice for deflating your kite since each strut has a dump valve.
We thought that this felt like the best version of the Park that Naish ever made, so we tested it out with wake boots and some freestyle tricks. We were right, and it works killer for freestyle. There is very little power surge when you unhook, it boosts well, and it is just as much fun to ride on a twin tip as a surfboard.
The Slash is best suited for someone that likes a kite that pulls hard on the waves. It is not the best for the set it and forget it rider. When you pull really hard on the bar to send the kite through the wind window, you better be ready cause the Slash is going to turn and pull hard. Bigger kiters or people riding full power with straps will love the feel. If you are timid and just getting into wave kiting, you will probably want something less aggressive.
We were able to stall the Slash in the middle of a turn in a few instances. Most of the times this occurred when we were quite depowered, carving on the wave face and taking tension off the lines. The kite would change direction but then stall. This is pretty typical of most kites when the line tension comes off of them. There was still a little pull, so you felt connected and most importantly the kite did not back stall. The kite drifted really well and as soon as you got more tension on the line, you reconnected to the power without a massive surge of power.
We found that the Slash flies best with an inch to two inches of depower pulled on the 2017 Naish Torque Bar. We also moved the turning speed setting to max speed on the wing tip bridle attachment.
Who is the Naish Slash for?
The Slash is a really good kite that will work best for the wave kiter that wants a balls to the walls fast turning powerful wave kite.