2017 Slingshot Wave SST Kite

by Slingshot • SKU 840362115864
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REAL Review




The Slingshot Wave SST is a fast kite built for freeride sessions and testing your limits in the surf. Don’t be fooled, just because Slingshot added Wave to the name does not mean this kite only works in the waves. This kite is a great option for beginners and intermediate kiters in all conditions.

Key Performance Characteristics

Responsiveness Very responsive - Turns instantly after rider input
Turn Radius Narrow, pivotal turn
Window Position Mid window position
Wind Range Good wind range - 170 lb riders expect optimal power on a 12m in 16-22mph wind.
Relaunch Easy and fast relaunch
Bar Pressure Medium Bar Pressure
Power Per Size Rides true to size, this kite flies best in the middle of its wind range

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 Wide and rounded wingtip
Bonus Kevlar reinforcement on high contact areas and double core rip stop on the trailing edge.

What We Like

The Slingshot Wave SST is as stable as it gets. Whether you are in gusty conditions, riding down the line, or working out your first tacks, this kite has an incredible knack for staying in the sky. This means more time on the water, better wave riding and peace of mind when you slack out your lines.

The compact IRS bridle, rolled wing tips and mid aspect ratio shape work together to make this kite relaunch extremely fast. It nearly bounces off the water which is a huge perk when you put your kite down in front of a wave and need it back in the air fast.

Tomahawk Test

The SST is a kite you can crash with confidence, the compact bridles enable the kite to roll easily without wrapping or a tangle.

In some quick relaunch scenarios we have bow tied the SST but it usually corrects itself in the air. If it does not self correct, flag your kite out and reset.

Insider Info

Although the Wave SST was designed for the world’s best kitesurfers we have found this to be a great kite for beginners, and use it regularly in the REAL lesson center. Matt Sims, one of our top coaches, swears by this kite. His students appreciate the stability, predictability, easy relaunch, and no nonsense design of the Wave SST.

The SST likes to stay in the sky, actually it always wants to be airborne. If you do not weigh down the canopy with a lot of sand or sandbags before and after sessions, you will find yourself chasing a runaway kite down the beach.

Who is the Slingshot Wave SST for?

This kite absolutely slays the surf! If you are a kitesurfer looking for one of the best wave kites out there, then the Wave SST is for you. Freeriders and cruisers looking for a fast and easy to fly kite will also be stoked on the Wave SST.

Description


The Slingshot Wave SST is a fast kite built for freeride sessions and testing your limits in the surf. Don’t be fooled, just because Slingshot added Wave to the name does not mean this kite only works in the waves. This kite is a great option for beginners and intermediate kiters in all conditions.



HIGHLIGHTS
• Effortless pivot and drift
• Instills confidence the first time you fly it
• Direct feel, instant response, no tangling w/ compact IRS bridle
• Stealth feel & smooth power make it ideal for waves & foiling
• Bomber Slingshot surf tough reinforced & gridded canopy
• Aggressive down-the-line performance
• Responsive turning even when fully sheeted out

DETAILS
The WAVE SST features a Compact-C canopy profile and a condensed version of Slingshot’s popular shock-absorbing IRS bridle system. The combination of canopy geometry and bridle configuration results in a kite that flies deep in the window, in the sweet spot for surf-specific performance. Two main features that make the WAVE SST such an amazing surf kite are: How well it drifts downwind and how quickly it can pivot even when you’re depowered, sheeted out or moving toward the kite. These characteristics also make the WAVE an ideal kite for foiling. The WAVE SST is extremely robust, taking Slingshot’s bomber surf-tough standards a step farther, with a special Surf Grid panel layout that adds strength and durability to the canopy, and a condensed bridle setup. Trailing edge tension is now controlled with the addition of Teijin T2 Polyester ripstop canopy material, which decreases trailing edge flutter and increases durability. We reinforced the one-pump inflation valve’s connection to the bladder to help prevent blowouts caused by improper hose attachment/ detachment. Finally, we added two Kevlar patches to prevent bridle rub on the trailing edges.

Wave SST Bridle:
The WAVE SST features a condensed version of Slingshot’s unique shock-absorbing Intuitive Response System (IRS) bridle. This revolutionary bridle replaces pulleys with bungee line segments that expand and contract to keep proper tension as the kite travels through the window. This results in faster turning, more direct feedback and instant response. The condensed bridle won’t get tangled or wrapped around wingtips if tumbled in the surf.

Compact-C:
Blends the proven C kite performance characteristics like power, stability, edging, control and direct feel with the additional advancements of an innovative compact wave shape to deliver faster turns, improved aerodynamics, increased rigidity with more stabilitys and a feather lite feel, capable of flying further forward in the wind window.

CHARACTERISTICS
When we introduced the WAVE SST last year, we received immediate and overwhelmingly positive feedback from advanced kite surfers around the world. The WAVE SST is amazing, people said, it tracks magically downwind, turns on a dime and maintains a responsive feel even when fully sheeted out. These are the most sought-after characteristics of a surf-specific kite, and the 2017 WAVE SST is packed with the same great features that made it an instant hit. After a year in the market, we also discovered foilers were gravitating to this kite for freeriding. Performance traits found in a good wave kite are also sought out by people who know freeride foiling. For 2017 we’re releasing more sizes to include a full range (4-10 meter and 12 meter) so kiters can set themselves up with the perfect quiver.

RIDER PROFILE
You will love the WAVE SST if you’re a dedicated kitesurfer, foiler or directional rider looking for a kite with unrivaled stability, serious downwind drift and unbelievable turning characteristics throughout the
power zone.

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