•Responsiveness Very responsive - Turns quickly after rider input
•Turn Radius Wide turn radius.
•Window Position Forward wind window position.
•Wind Range Good wind range - 170 lb riders expect optimal power on a 11m in 16-21mph wind.
•Relaunch Average. Due to the super skinny wing tip, it is easy to flip the kite on to the trailing edge during relaunch.
•Bar Pressure Medium to Heavy Bar Pressure.
•Power Per Size Powerful kite that lighter riders will want to drop down a size.
•Material DP175 Dacron | Strong canopy material unique to Slingshot.
•Valve High flow valve with direct to hose connection & secondary 11mm dump valve.
•Bridle Pulley-less Bridle.
•Wingtip Narrow, swept wing tip.
•Bonus Split Strut Construction creates a rigid canopy even when overpowered.
What We Like
The Turbine does what we expected and rips you off the water when you jump. The kite has very high and controlled jumps. The higher aspect design(skinner from leading edge to trailing edge) makes this kite have a lot of lift when it is over your head. When you pull the trigger and jump, the kite punches up and through the wind window so you get monster airs. The wider canopy has plenty of surface area to hold you in the sky when you are floating through the air. This gives you a lot of glide through the air and soft landings.
We were pleasantly surprised by the stability of the Turbine overhead. Even in really gusty conditions, this kite felt rock solid when it was at 12 o'clock.
The Turbine has a positive bar feel with higher bar pressure, so you know where it is at all times. When you turn the kite, you feel it. More importantly, when you send a huge jump, you know where the kite is. It won't get "lost" and have the kite hit the water before you do. It has a very intuitive feel when you are jumping it.
There is a lot of pull and power at the hook, so hooked in load and pop style tricks are really easy. You don't want to unhook with it as the kite has way too much grunt and will rip your arms off if you try to do unhooked tricks with it.
Skinny high aspect kites ride farther forward in the wind window so going upwind is a lot easier with the Turbine than the other kites in the Slingshot line.
The Turbine is a very skinny kite. It can invert and bow tie itself in a tomahawk scenario. This is usually fixed by flagging your kite out and resetting.
Relaunching after a crash has to be direct, with tensioned lines. The narrow wing tips and skinny (high aspect) shape make it easy to flip the Turbine on its back if you apply too much pressure. The Turbine was quite easy to relaunch, but you need to be paying attention while you are doing it.
This is not a beginner kite. The Turbine packs a punch when you turn the kite and has a strong power delivery. There is no easy on and off with this kite. It only has one speed and that is full throttle. Yes it is very user friendly, but beginners will be much better suited with the Slingshot Rally.
The Slingshot marketing says to ride this kite one size smaller and we did not feel that was the case. The point of this kite is to go out there super litt and jump to the moon. The Turbine does have a lot of power and bar feel but you want to ride it powered up so you can really tap into it's big air potential. We feel that this kite is best suited for heavier(170 lbs. or more) riders since it delivers a lot of grunt and power. Lighter(Under 150 lbs.) riders can ride the Turbine but they should ride a kite size smaller.
You will get so much more hang time with the Turbine that you will mess up your landings til you get the feel of hanging the air a lot longer than you expected.
The Turbine water relaunches when it is fully powered up. If you are riding it underpowered or crash it in a weird way, you have a much higher probability of having issues with your water relaunch.
Who is the Turbine for?
If you are a kiteboarder that wants an easy to ride high performance boosting kite, then you are spot on with the Turbine. This kite is super fun, has high and controlled jumps and will leave you with a smile on your face every time. The Turbine is for kiters who want to go big.
The Slingshot Turbine is a powerful, high aspect kite that boosts to the moon.
• High-aspect, high-efficiency platform in a full range of sizes
• High-performance handling for intermediate to advanced riders
• Shape and aspect favor speed and superior efficiency
• Unrivaled upwind tracking
• Massive airs, lofty hangtime
Full power in a full range: The Turbine has proven to be one of the best light-wind kites ever made. For 2017, Slingshot is unleashing this high-aspect, high-efficiency machine in a full range of sizes. All the same qualities that make the Turbine such a great light wind kite translate to an aggressive, high-power, high-performance weapon as you go down in size and up in wind speed.
11, 13 meter: Perfect for intermediate to advanced riders who want a massive dose of spice on those moderate-wind days, or as a full light-wind kite for smaller riders. This range yields long, lofty airs, aggressive upwind angles and more power than any kite of the same size.
5, 7, 9 meter: Massive air, lofty hangtime and aggressive, high-power freeride performance. Described as “a Rally on steroids”, this size range is perfect for experienced riders who are ready to take their riding to the next level, and for foilers looking for competition-level performance out of a small kite.
*Kite-down: The Turbine is a high-power kite. For that reason, we recommend kiting down at least one size from what you would normally ride.