KITE TEST

SLINGSHOT RPX V1 9M

SLINGSHOT

RPX V1 9M

TESTED & WORDS BY: Jim Gaunt

Extract from the full review, which is available now in the Kiteworld Winter print issue

TESTER BIOS AND TEST PARAMETERS: Here

TEST EXCERPT We’ve ridden a lot of RPMs. Even in the strongest of winds, the RPM always excelled at making you feel comfortable and confident. It’s quite amazing that Slingshot created one of the most successful handle-passing kites that also offered excellent handling advantages to inexperienced riders.

Replacing the RPM, the RPX has 88 less panels, is lighter but with more poke, more range and more lift. I may not be squeezing the extra few metres out of a jump that someone on an XR7 or Rebel can, but I always feel superbly connected, measured and a more complete rider when flying the RPX. The top end is excellent. I never ride a nine metre with a surfboard at home because for waves to develop there usually needs to be a lot of wind, but the RPX is so dynamic it let me switch from jumping on a twin-tip to comfortably controlling the surfboard without feeling overpowered. Combined with the quick turning, sheeting power and superb drift I had some of the best backside waves I’ve at home in a long time. The reduction in weight, combined with the RPX’s stability in the window, make this a superb kite for leaving set in the window while making a series of quick turns, staying connected with the wave to a greater extent. A true all-round performer. In this three strut freeride class, it’s surely the best when it comes to any sort of unhooked performance without the need to give much thought to trimming the kite.

RPX BALANCE POINTS: Build quality: 8.5 Full package: 9 Low end: 7 Top end: 9 Steering speed: 6 Turning circle: 5.5 Bar pressure: 5 Water relaunch: 8 Drift: 8.5 Boost: 7.5 Hang-time: 7.5 Unhooked: 8.5 Crossover: 10 Ease of use: 9 SIZES:

14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 4.5m

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