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Slingshot SST 3 years of road testing 6m,7m,8m,9m

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Created by AndreC Two weeks ago, 31 Dec 2018
AndreC
WA, 392 posts
31 Dec 2018 10:28AM
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Slingshot SST 3 years of road testing 6m,7m,8m,9m

Ok so I am testing everything under the sun to make a decision on my next wave kite. I am testing the SST, Reo, Neo, Core Nexus, Drifter. The SST has been my personal weapon of choice for the last 3 years. I am 96kg with a sexy Dad bod. Been kiting in the waves for 10 years give or take.

The Pump Up
Apon Un wrapping a new SST the colour and graphics are nice with that muscle car feel and less like Tie Die colour spew which seems all the rage in Europe for the last 5 years. Slingshot maybe aren't using the latest Teijin Cloth but they make up for this with Bomb Proof stitching and fabric overlays. The One Pump NO NOZZLE is just awesome what every fricken kite should have.
The Bar Is super engineered and has some weight to it. The quick release is arguably the best on market especially when re engaging its quick and easy to plug in. Soft Ends Check ?. I would like slingshot to upgrade the lines though they are still the same lines from Rev days and while they are fine there is much more advanced lines like on Core or Ozone kites. Specifically the centre lines I replaced 1 per bar per season and did some swimming.

Hows She Fly??
It took a few sessions for me coming off REOs to adjust to the SST..but we worth it.
Yup the SST lets you drive off the kite and keeps providing smooth torque as you drive towards it. You don't need to spin this kite hard or fast just guide it and turn off its energy. Need to do a cutback no worries let it up to 12 and cutback to re bound is yours. Need an extra turn but you are under neath your kite keep going finish your wave it takes allot of time for it to find the water> I have had times where its completely slack lines nearly on the water but the kite just finds wind and flies up again. In fact to prove a point I have stood on the beach in 13 kn and pulled the centre lines and I can't make it tip out of the sky.
Best Gnarloo Kite I have tried in all conditions. Last time we were there I was able to tack back up in the lineup at around 13kn on a 9m with only 2 other guys one on a 12m Drifter and the other guy was about 60kg on a 10m REO. Everyone else on the beach waiting.
Note - Go a size smaller- With smooth grunt kite I ride a size smaller.may suit bigger guys that have the weight and power to maximise this kites potential..I think bigger guys in general like a gruntier kite in favour of lighter bar pressure and conversely in allot of cases lighter guys will like a faster less grunty kite like an RRD or Airush Wave.

Drift 10/10
Construction 8/10
Upwind 8/10
Responsiveness 8/10
Turning on Wave 9/10

Negatives
-CAUTION- due to the canopy shape it doesn't like to sit flat on the beach so it can be more prone to lift off the beach and I would only recommend self landing this kite in light winds. I would like Slingshot to make this warning as I feel an in experienced kiter could come unstuck quite easily if not warned.
-Note to Slingshot - Time to invest in the latest materials and also refine the SST as there have been no changes for 3 years. Having said this I don't like it when companies change for the sake of change and F%^^&k up a perfectly good kite. I would say upgrade some materials and reduce weight and it would be arguably the best kite on market.

Positives
-Drift and On wave performance is top notch
-Wont fall out of the sky very easily/gives you twice as much time while getting rolled under waves.
-Bomb Proof Canopy Ride a size down in all conditions

Conclusion
I would say if you are a old Slingshot Fan you need to get a go on this beast and get a demo. Best wave kite they have ever produced it pisses all over the old Rev which was best on ground in a allot of guys eyes back then.

Thanks DM @ Action Sports for the Demo gear All our local Aussie kite stores need your support cheers

horey69
QLD, 249 posts
1 Jan 2019 7:49AM
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I've been on these kites for 3 seasons now, they cross over for foiling very well too.
Totally agree get on to a demo and check it out for your self.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
1 Jan 2019 11:07AM
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I've been on these kites for 3 seasons now, they cross over for foiling very well too.
Totally agree get on to a demo and check it out for your self.


Yeh I heard that it makes sense to the way they fly very versatile

omg
130 posts
1 Jan 2019 2:40PM
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Well, I believe pretty much every wave kite is good for foiling, right? It's due to the same qualities which make a great wave kite that also are preferred for foiling.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
4 Jan 2019 12:33PM
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Riding some cross on conditions yesterday reminded me how good the SST is when you are flying towards it. It really suits less perfect conditions where the wind is flukey up n down. It allows you to get out in these conditions

Fly on da wall
VIC, 654 posts
4 Jan 2019 9:54PM
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omg said..
Well, I believe pretty much every wave kite is good for foiling, right? It's due to the same qualities which make a great wave kite that also are preferred for foiling.


Yeah naaah .. I haven't seen any guy's racing on wave kites

omg
130 posts
4 Jan 2019 8:12PM
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Fly on da wall said..

omg said..
Well, I believe pretty much every wave kite is good for foiling, right? It's due to the same qualities which make a great wave kite that also are preferred for foiling.



Yeah naaah .. I haven't seen any guy's racing on wave kites


Comoon, the topic was about that sst would be performing well for foiling, and I added that generally all wave kites will do as well. No one was talking abt racing, and clearly not sst nor any other wave kite would be the first choice for racing.

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
8 Jan 2019 2:15PM
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omg said..

Fly on da wall said..


omg said..
Well, I believe pretty much every wave kite is good for foiling, right? It's due to the same qualities which make a great wave kite that also are preferred for foiling.




Yeah naaah .. I haven't seen any guy's racing on wave kites



Comoon, the topic was about that sst would be performing well for foiling, and I added that generally all wave kites will do as well. No one was talking abt racing, and clearly not sst nor any other wave kite would be the first choice for racing.


Actually the topic was the SST as a wave kite...haha but yeh what you said

CJ2478
NSW, 287 posts
Wednesday , 9 Jan 2019 8:09AM
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AndreC said..
Slingshot SST 3 years of road testing 6m,7m,8m,9m

Ok so I am testing everything under the sun to make a decision on my next wave kite. I am testing the SST, Reo, Neo, Core Nexus, Drifter. The SST has been my personal weapon of choice for the last 3 years. I am 96kg with a sexy Dad bod. Been kiting in the waves for 10 years give or take.

The Pump Up
Apon Un wrapping a new SST the colour and graphics are nice with that muscle car feel and less like Tie Die colour spew which seems all the rage in Europe for the last 5 years. Slingshot maybe aren't using the latest Teijin Cloth but they make up for this with Bomb Proof stitching and fabric overlays. The One Pump NO NOZZLE is just awesome what every fricken kite should have.
The Bar Is super engineered and has some weight to it. The quick release is arguably the best on market especially when re engaging its quick and easy to plug in. Soft Ends Check ?. I would like slingshot to upgrade the lines though they are still the same lines from Rev days and while they are fine there is much more advanced lines like on Core or Ozone kites. Specifically the centre lines I replaced 1 per bar per season and did some swimming.

Hows She Fly??
It took a few sessions for me coming off REOs to adjust to the SST..but we worth it.
Yup the SST lets you drive off the kite and keeps providing smooth torque as you drive towards it. You don't need to spin this kite hard or fast just guide it and turn off its energy. Need to do a cutback no worries let it up to 12 and cutback to re bound is yours. Need an extra turn but you are under neath your kite keep going finish your wave it takes allot of time for it to find the water> I have had times where its completely slack lines nearly on the water but the kite just finds wind and flies up again. In fact to prove a point I have stood on the beach in 13 kn and pulled the centre lines and I can't make it tip out of the sky.
Best Gnarloo Kite I have tried in all conditions. Last time we were there I was able to tack back up in the lineup at around 13kn on a 9m with only 2 other guys one on a 12m Drifter and the other guy was about 60kg on a 10m REO. Everyone else on the beach waiting.
Note - Go a size smaller- With smooth grunt kite I ride a size smaller.may suit bigger guys that have the weight and power to maximise this kites potential..I think bigger guys in general like a gruntier kite in favour of lighter bar pressure and conversely in allot of cases lighter guys will like a faster less grunty kite like an RRD or Airush Wave.

Drift 10/10
Construction 8/10
Upwind 8/10
Responsiveness 8/10
Turning on Wave 9/10

Negatives
-CAUTION- due to the canopy shape it doesn't like to sit flat on the beach so it can be more prone to lift off the beach and I would only recommend self landing this kite in light winds. I would like Slingshot to make this warning as I feel an in experienced kiter could come unstuck quite easily if not warned.
-Note to Slingshot - Time to invest in the latest materials and also refine the SST as there have been no changes for 3 years. Having said this I don't like it when companies change for the sake of change and F%^^&k up a perfectly good kite. I would say upgrade some materials and reduce weight and it would be arguably the best kite on market.

Positives
-Drift and On wave performance is top notch
-Wont fall out of the sky very easily/gives you twice as much time while getting rolled under waves.
-Bomb Proof Canopy Ride a size down in all conditions

Conclusion
I would say if you are a old Slingshot Fan you need to get a go on this beast and get a demo. Best wave kite they have ever produced it pisses all over the old Rev which was best on ground in a allot of guys eyes back then.

Thanks DM @ Action Sports for the Demo gear All our local Aussie kite stores need your support cheers


If you get a chance can you also try the cabrinha moto?

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
Wednesday , 9 Jan 2019 7:53AM
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CJ2478 said..

AndreC said..
Slingshot SST 3 years of road testing 6m,7m,8m,9m

Ok so I am testing everything under the sun to make a decision on my next wave kite. I am testing the SST, Reo, Neo, Core Nexus, Drifter. The SST has been my personal weapon of choice for the last 3 years. I am 96kg with a sexy Dad bod. Been kiting in the waves for 10 years give or take.

The Pump Up
Apon Un wrapping a new SST the colour and graphics are nice with that muscle car feel and less like Tie Die colour spew which seems all the rage in Europe for the last 5 years. Slingshot maybe aren't using the latest Teijin Cloth but they make up for this with Bomb Proof stitching and fabric overlays. The One Pump NO NOZZLE is just awesome what every fricken kite should have.
The Bar Is super engineered and has some weight to it. The quick release is arguably the best on market especially when re engaging its quick and easy to plug in. Soft Ends Check ?. I would like slingshot to upgrade the lines though they are still the same lines from Rev days and while they are fine there is much more advanced lines like on Core or Ozone kites. Specifically the centre lines I replaced 1 per bar per season and did some swimming.

Hows She Fly??
It took a few sessions for me coming off REOs to adjust to the SST..but we worth it.
Yup the SST lets you drive off the kite and keeps providing smooth torque as you drive towards it. You don't need to spin this kite hard or fast just guide it and turn off its energy. Need to do a cutback no worries let it up to 12 and cutback to re bound is yours. Need an extra turn but you are under neath your kite keep going finish your wave it takes allot of time for it to find the water> I have had times where its completely slack lines nearly on the water but the kite just finds wind and flies up again. In fact to prove a point I have stood on the beach in 13 kn and pulled the centre lines and I can't make it tip out of the sky.
Best Gnarloo Kite I have tried in all conditions. Last time we were there I was able to tack back up in the lineup at around 13kn on a 9m with only 2 other guys one on a 12m Drifter and the other guy was about 60kg on a 10m REO. Everyone else on the beach waiting.
Note - Go a size smaller- With smooth grunt kite I ride a size smaller.may suit bigger guys that have the weight and power to maximise this kites potential..I think bigger guys in general like a gruntier kite in favour of lighter bar pressure and conversely in allot of cases lighter guys will like a faster less grunty kite like an RRD or Airush Wave.

Drift 10/10
Construction 8/10
Upwind 8/10
Responsiveness 8/10
Turning on Wave 9/10

Negatives
-CAUTION- due to the canopy shape it doesn't like to sit flat on the beach so it can be more prone to lift off the beach and I would only recommend self landing this kite in light winds. I would like Slingshot to make this warning as I feel an in experienced kiter could come unstuck quite easily if not warned.
-Note to Slingshot - Time to invest in the latest materials and also refine the SST as there have been no changes for 3 years. Having said this I don't like it when companies change for the sake of change and F%^^&k up a perfectly good kite. I would say upgrade some materials and reduce weight and it would be arguably the best kite on market.

Positives
-Drift and On wave performance is top notch
-Wont fall out of the sky very easily/gives you twice as much time while getting rolled under waves.
-Bomb Proof Canopy Ride a size down in all conditions

Conclusion
I would say if you are a old Slingshot Fan you need to get a go on this beast and get a demo. Best wave kite they have ever produced it pisses all over the old Rev which was best on ground in a allot of guys eyes back then.

Thanks DM @ Action Sports for the Demo gear All our local Aussie kite stores need your support cheers



If you get a chance can you also try the cabrinha moto?


I have ridden the drifter and FX quite a few times but not the Moto yet. Might do a Drifter review at some point.

CJ2478
NSW, 287 posts
Wednesday , 9 Jan 2019 1:15PM
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AndreC said..

CJ2478 said..


AndreC said..
Slingshot SST 3 years of road testing 6m,7m,8m,9m

Ok so I am testing everything under the sun to make a decision on my next wave kite. I am testing the SST, Reo, Neo, Core Nexus, Drifter. The SST has been my personal weapon of choice for the last 3 years. I am 96kg with a sexy Dad bod. Been kiting in the waves for 10 years give or take.

The Pump Up
Apon Un wrapping a new SST the colour and graphics are nice with that muscle car feel and less like Tie Die colour spew which seems all the rage in Europe for the last 5 years. Slingshot maybe aren't using the latest Teijin Cloth but they make up for this with Bomb Proof stitching and fabric overlays. The One Pump NO NOZZLE is just awesome what every fricken kite should have.
The Bar Is super engineered and has some weight to it. The quick release is arguably the best on market especially when re engaging its quick and easy to plug in. Soft Ends Check ?. I would like slingshot to upgrade the lines though they are still the same lines from Rev days and while they are fine there is much more advanced lines like on Core or Ozone kites. Specifically the centre lines I replaced 1 per bar per season and did some swimming.

Hows She Fly??
It took a few sessions for me coming off REOs to adjust to the SST..but we worth it.
Yup the SST lets you drive off the kite and keeps providing smooth torque as you drive towards it. You don't need to spin this kite hard or fast just guide it and turn off its energy. Need to do a cutback no worries let it up to 12 and cutback to re bound is yours. Need an extra turn but you are under neath your kite keep going finish your wave it takes allot of time for it to find the water> I have had times where its completely slack lines nearly on the water but the kite just finds wind and flies up again. In fact to prove a point I have stood on the beach in 13 kn and pulled the centre lines and I can't make it tip out of the sky.
Best Gnarloo Kite I have tried in all conditions. Last time we were there I was able to tack back up in the lineup at around 13kn on a 9m with only 2 other guys one on a 12m Drifter and the other guy was about 60kg on a 10m REO. Everyone else on the beach waiting.
Note - Go a size smaller- With smooth grunt kite I ride a size smaller.may suit bigger guys that have the weight and power to maximise this kites potential..I think bigger guys in general like a gruntier kite in favour of lighter bar pressure and conversely in allot of cases lighter guys will like a faster less grunty kite like an RRD or Airush Wave.

Drift 10/10
Construction 8/10
Upwind 8/10
Responsiveness 8/10
Turning on Wave 9/10

Negatives
-CAUTION- due to the canopy shape it doesn't like to sit flat on the beach so it can be more prone to lift off the beach and I would only recommend self landing this kite in light winds. I would like Slingshot to make this warning as I feel an in experienced kiter could come unstuck quite easily if not warned.
-Note to Slingshot - Time to invest in the latest materials and also refine the SST as there have been no changes for 3 years. Having said this I don't like it when companies change for the sake of change and F%^^&k up a perfectly good kite. I would say upgrade some materials and reduce weight and it would be arguably the best kite on market.

Positives
-Drift and On wave performance is top notch
-Wont fall out of the sky very easily/gives you twice as much time while getting rolled under waves.
-Bomb Proof Canopy Ride a size down in all conditions

Conclusion
I would say if you are a old Slingshot Fan you need to get a go on this beast and get a demo. Best wave kite they have ever produced it pisses all over the old Rev which was best on ground in a allot of guys eyes back then.

Thanks DM @ Action Sports for the Demo gear All our local Aussie kite stores need your support cheers




If you get a chance can you also try the cabrinha moto?



I have ridden the drifter and FX quite a few times but not the Moto yet. Might do a Drifter review at some point.


To me it would make sense to try the moto. Seems like the cabrinha version of the nexus, ie a do it all kite.

newbie23562
WA, 6 posts
Wednesday , 9 Jan 2019 1:14PM
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which size have you used more for Perth's summer conditions?

AndreC
WA, 392 posts
Wednesday , 9 Jan 2019 3:54PM
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newbie23562 said..
which size have you used more for Perth's summer conditions?


6m and 8m my most used sizes.



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