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Created by AndreC 7 months ago, 31 Dec 2018
AndreC
WA, 469 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, 272 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, 469 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
138 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, 469 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
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4 Jan 2019 8:54PM
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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.


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

omg
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4 Jan 2019 8:12PM
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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


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, 469 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, 339 posts
9 Jan 2019 7:09AM
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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, 469 posts
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, 339 posts
9 Jan 2019 12:15PM
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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, 15 posts
9 Jan 2019 1:14PM
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which size have you used more for Perth's summer conditions?

AndreC
WA, 469 posts
9 Jan 2019 3:54PM
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which size have you used more for Perth's summer conditions?


6m and 8m my most used sizes.

Bara
WA, 497 posts
27 Jan 2019 7:12AM
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Finally got my first session on this kite yesterday after getting massively jerked around for 6 weeks by an overseas supplier. WAVE AND WAKE in the UK. Never again! Canned the deal called the bank to get my money back and reordered from slingshot Australia. $15 express postage from gold coast to Margaret river in 30 hours. Freaking awesome!

Anyway the kite - super impressed. Was tricky conditions with a sw wind fighting a sse and a lull zone of up to 100 meters in between where the reef waves were dammit. Would go from 20 knots sse to 10 knots in the convergence then blow 25 plus ssw. Gusty on the edges. Getting through the convergence you only had apparent wind to keep going really.

This kite an 8m did it well where my old TS and BWS would have failed and many other kites I suspect. Great wind range. Fast turning direct feel and of course the drift yeah the drift.

Coming down the face towards kite in 10 knots of wind it really had no business staying up but it did.

Did drop it once in this zone , rolled in the wash and on the next wave to my amazement it just lifted off the crest of the wave and flew back up. In 10 knots. Any other kite I've owned I would have been swimming in.

Now the not so good is the trade off to this. Self landing requires a different technique. Can't just drop the kite and pull top centre line to face leading edge to wind anymore. In the up to 25 knots I was trying this it it just relaunches again.

Per slingshot Australia you put the kite on its tip depowered and let it settle down then walk up holding BOTH centre lines to grab the kite. Worked ok but a bit more of a hassel. All in all I'll pay that for the performance on water though as that's what it's all about really eh.

Super stoked with it.

horey69
QLD, 272 posts
27 Jan 2019 9:59AM
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Good service from Slingshot hey, they are all over the fast delivery.
I've been on the sst now for three seasons, started foiling with it last season too, it holds it's own with the foil.
Won't be riding anything else in the forseable future
Horey

Bara
WA, 497 posts
27 Jan 2019 5:24PM
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Good service from Slingshot hey, they are all over the fast delivery.
I've been on the sst now for three seasons, started foiling with it last season too, it holds it's own with the foil.
Won't be riding anything else in the forseable future
Horey


Any tips on self landing in high winds?

AquaPlow
QLD, 733 posts
27 Jan 2019 8:51PM
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horey69 said..
Good service from Slingshot hey, they are all over the fast delivery.
I've been on the sst now for three seasons, started foiling with it last season too, it holds it's own with the foil.
Won't be riding anything else in the forseable future
Horey




Hi, was trying 8M Airush wave (love this kite for SB and 18+knots but) need a small kite for foiling. The actual wind ignored the forecast and going out thru the waves with the foil - wind started dropping and 12-13 knots it was too hard to keep it together - Probably my 12 Reo would have hung in there but it is a big kite for the foil. My son had a crack on his 11M Razor and first time on the foil setup went OK including a gybe.. G8 to watch... but this fell out the sky during a lull 10-13 knts by this stage when we tried to swap over.
So question - what size / wind range for SST and foiling?? My current thinking is to get a single strut kite for light wind foiling days...??
Thanks
AP

DJMWA
WA, 294 posts
31 Jan 2019 7:19AM
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How's the rest of the reviews coming along Andre? I'll defintiely be changing out at least my 9m neo next year, if it's not fully powered up it's n absolute slug. Still love the 6m though but hat might just be a size thing

AndreC
WA, 469 posts
1 Feb 2019 6:05AM
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AquaPlow said..

horey69 said..
Good service from Slingshot hey, they are all over the fast delivery.
I've been on the sst now for three seasons, started foiling with it last season too, it holds it's own with the foil.
Won't be riding anything else in the forseable future
Horey





Hi, was trying 8M Airush wave (love this kite for SB and 18+knots but) need a small kite for foiling. The actual wind ignored the forecast and going out thru the waves with the foil - wind started dropping and 12-13 knots it was too hard to keep it together - Probably my 12 Reo would have hung in there but it is a big kite for the foil. My son had a crack on his 11M Razor and first time on the foil setup went OK including a gybe.. G8 to watch... but this fell out the sky during a lull 10-13 knts by this stage when we tried to swap over.
So question - what size / wind range for SST and foiling?? My current thinking is to get a single strut kite for light wind foiling days...??
Thanks
AP


My 8m was my trusty in light wind DW on surfboard from 12knots. Very hard to pull out of the sky and likes to relaunch. I would demo the 8m for light wind on the foil.

AndreC
WA, 469 posts
1 Feb 2019 6:06AM
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AndreC said..

AquaPlow said..


horey69 said..
Good service from Slingshot hey, they are all over the fast delivery.
I've been on the sst now for three seasons, started foiling with it last season too, it holds it's own with the foil.
Won't be riding anything else in the forseable future
Horey






Hi, was trying 8M Airush wave (love this kite for SB and 18+knots but) need a small kite for foiling. The actual wind ignored the forecast and going out thru the waves with the foil - wind started dropping and 12-13 knots it was too hard to keep it together - Probably my 12 Reo would have hung in there but it is a big kite for the foil. My son had a crack on his 11M Razor and first time on the foil setup went OK including a gybe.. G8 to watch... but this fell out the sky during a lull 10-13 knts by this stage when we tried to swap over.
So question - what size / wind range for SST and foiling?? My current thinking is to get a single strut kite for light wind foiling days...??
Thanks
AP



My 8m was my trusty in light wind DW on surfboard from 12knots. Very hard to pull out of the sky and likes to relaunch. I would demo the 8m for light wind on the foil.


Actually if you are a cheap one I have a repaired 8m with bar for $500

AndreC
WA, 469 posts
1 Feb 2019 6:20AM
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How's the rest of the reviews coming along Andre? I'll defintiely be changing out at least my 9m neo next year, if it's not fully powered up it's n absolute slug. Still love the 6m though but hat might just be a size thing



Hey Bud...kinda got stuck on the core Nexus ...frothing on it. atm except gave myself tennis elbow (the boys reckon its a non kiting related injury ???????)... good to hear some feedback on the NEO. Due to review NEO and REO over the next couple of weeks. I have been watching the NEO fly and getting feedback from mates who have flown them. Trying to decipher marketing hype and brand belief to real objective performance is hard until you fly one yourself. I did notice on the larger NEOs there is slight drift/stall effect in part of its turning arc just watching it. I did see the 6m too it looks fast and direct...cant wait to fly one. DM and Action sports has all demo kite fleet. (minus a 7m Nexus I still have that so if you want to try that hit me up)

7-Nation Aust
QLD, 111 posts
1 Feb 2019 10:08AM
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Bara said..

horey69 said..
Good service from Slingshot hey, they are all over the fast delivery.
I've been on the sst now for three seasons, started foiling with it last season too, it holds it's own with the foil.
Won't be riding anything else in the forseable future
Horey



Any tips on self landing in high winds?


Run a tether or anchor

Otherwise, as per Bara's message. Park kite on side of window. Slowly walk up to kite only holding centre lines, keeping note to keep more pressure on the bottom line to keep the kite parked, walk up to kite, working centre lines and land.

Worst case if a massive gust or wind change hits. Drop one line so you are only holding one. Kite will flag. Has happened to me once in 4 years of running SSTs

Deefer
VIC, 37 posts
2 Feb 2019 6:52AM
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My youngster has the 6m SST, 8m Lithium and 10M Lithium and when the winds up that leading edge on the SST means that there's no chance of self landing and launching which is super easy on the Lithiums. I have to hang round to launch and hit the beach to land him, becoming quite the beach bitch of late.
Have to say though he hated the SST at first but now he's on the surfboard he's loving it when the winds up.
Turns fast, doesn't pull him off his edge during toeside transitions and definitely drifts well.
For a little fella the real bonus is being able to just turn the power OFF which they do really well.

Bara
WA, 497 posts
2 Feb 2019 11:01AM
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Deefer said..
My youngster has the 6m SST, 8m Lithium and 10M Lithium and when the winds up that leading edge on the SST means that there's no chance of self landing and launching which is super easy on the Lithiums. I have to hang round to launch and hit the beach to land him, becoming quite the beach bitch of late.
Have to say though he hated the SST at first but now he's on the surfboard he's loving it when the winds up.
Turns fast, doesn't pull him off his edge during toeside transitions and definitely drifts well.
For a little fella the real bonus is being able to just turn the power OFF which they do really well.


Yeah I'm with you on the self landing but you just have to change techniques. Probably a good idea since your bound to not be on the beach for him at some point.

Did the walk up the centre lines again yesty in gusty conditions no issues. Just not as cool as dropping it on the beach but then again I've seen even the most experienced come unstuck in flukey conditions at times on the ol self land.

Not following you on why he can't self launch though. That s no different than any other kite except maybe leave a bit more sand on the kite while you get set?

castill0jf
VIC, 554 posts
3 Feb 2019 3:44AM
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I sold my 6,8,10 and 12 2016 because to much power when looping the kite. Everything else is a 10/10 cheers

the drifting 20/10 it is the best kite for drifting.

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