2017 Slingshot RPM Kite 9m

by Slingshot • SKU 840362115697
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REAL Review

The Slingshot RPM is a high performance kite designed for top level freestyle riding. Its easy to fly characteristics also make this kite a favorite in the REAL Lesson Center.

Key Performance Characteristics

Responsiveness Turns quickly after rider input
Turn Radius Wide turn radius
Window Position Sits deep in the wind window
Wind Range Moderate wind range - 170 lb riders expect optimal power on a 12m in 17-21mph wind
Relaunch Average relaunch
Bar Pressure High Bar Pressure - Adjustable via wingtip settings
Power Per Size Rides true to size, this kite likes to be powered

Tech Specs

Material DP175 Dacron | Strong canopy material unique to Slingshot
Valve High flow valve with direct to hose connection & secondary 11mm dump valve
Bridle IRS Bridle System - Compact bridle using a bungee to smooth gusts
Wingtip Square wingtip shape
Bonus Kevlar reinforcement on high contact areas

What We Like

The Slingshot RPM is one of the most tested and refined kites to date. With 7 years in production with constant refinement each year, you can be sure the 2017 RPM is a top performer and built to last. Our staff and coaches love this kite because it is easy to fly and ready for any style of session. The RPM performs well unhooked or hooked in and you can trust it to catch you after a big kite loop.

Tomahawk Test

The Slingshot RPM is kite you can tomahawk with confidence. The compact bridle system minimizes bridal wrap while the medium aspect shape rolls with ease. In certain tomahawking scenarios, we have put the RPM on its back, which can take some time to correct. We have also had the RPM’s one pump hose disconnect on a really hard hit, this sucks because it ends your session but the bladder is not blowing out in this scenario so you can be sure to get a session tomorrow.

Insider Info

The squared off wing tip and low aspect design give the RPM more bar pressure than other kites on the market. What this means is you can really feel where the kite is pulling from and always feel in control of this kite. Riders who are looking for a kite that requires minimal effort to turn and feels light in hand should look at other options with lighter bar pressure.

RPM’s unhook with minimal power surge so you can maintain in control for sliders, kickers, and unhooked freestyle with ease.

The consistent pull through turns translates to epic kite loops, this is a kite that won’t back stall mid loop and flies fast to catch you on big airs. We have noticed the RPM surging in the window during gusty conditions. Although you can see the kite pulsing, the RPM has consistent power at the hook and is smooth in your hands.

Who is the RPM for?

The 2017 RPM is best suited in the hands of kiters looking for a high performance freestyle kite that loves to be ridden powered. If you are a beginner planning on a fast learning curve, the RPM is easy enough to fly through your first sessions and can take you all the way to the top of the podium.


The Slingshot RPM is a high performance kite designed for top level freestyle riding. Its easy to fly characteristics also make this kite a favorite in the REAL Lesson Center.

*Includes: Kite, Kite Backpack, Bladder Repair Kit, Quick-Start Guide, IRS Bungee Replacement, Pump Hose with One Pump Speed Valve Adapter

Slingshot's Description:

• Slingshot’s flagship freeride-freestyle crossover kite
• Open-C canopy a versatile shape for all types of riding
• Smooth load, insane pop and unrivaled unhooked performance
• User-friendly and responsive: not just for freestyle fanatics
• Kite of choice for 2x world champion Youri Zoon and top-ranked Carlos Mario

RPM Details:
The RPM returns for 2017 carrying the reputation as one of the greatest kites every produced. Spanning the broad spectrum of users, the RPM is capable of winning multiple world titles as well as appealing to riders of all styles and abilities. From beginners who want a responsive kite with easy relaunch and great depower, to weekend warriors who want to boost big, to world-class competitors like Youri Zoon and Carlos Mario, never before has one kite appealed to so many different types of riders.

The RPM’s Open-C Canopy is a proven shape that has spawned an entire category of kites. For general freeriding, it provides responsive handling, smooth power delivery throughout the window, great boosting ability and powerful but predictable loops. For dedicated freestyle and wakestyle, the RPM’s shape delivers amazing load and pop, smooth pull, massive carry and flawless unhooked performance. No matter what category you fall into, the RPM will improve your entire kiteboarding experience.

You'll love the RPM if you want the ultimate freeride-freestyle crossover kite that you can progress with but will never outgrow.

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