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2013 Cabrinha Switchblade Review
Posted on July 25th, 2012
2013 Cabrinha Demo at XLKITES.com in Houston, TX
This is a review of the 2013 Cabrinha Switchblade kite done by the crew at XLKITES in Texas City (south of Houston). Damien LeRoy was able to bring all the new kites and boards over to Texas for us to demo. The winds were light but it made for a great and challenging test conditions to try out the new 2013 gear. We were able to get on the 2013 Crossbow kites, 2013 Drifter Kites, 2013 Switchblade kites, and 2013 Vector kites. As well as the 2013 Cabrinha Stylus kiteboards.
Phil Midler (owner XLKITEBOARDING.com):
“The 2013 Cabrinha lineup is very impressive. The last few years Cabrinha has had some problems with pulleys, lines, kite materials etc, but this year’s kites look very robust and fly excellent. It reminds me of when they came out with the world’s first commercially available bow-kite in 2005/2006…the ‘Switchblade’, which is by far still their best selling model kite. This year’s Switchblade looks different with great graphics as usual. The change I’m most excited about is with the IDS system for reload. Cabrinha added a clip that will help keep the IDS system stay open while the rider is reloading it on the water…this small change makes water reloading of the release system SO much better! Great job Cabrinha! The Switchblade feels strong on the water even in light winds (I was riding a 12m on the stylus board in 10mph or so), its turning is fast with about the same bar pressure as last year. The relaunch seems better in light air and Damien showed me a trick to get them up in SUPER light winds…which is just rocking the kite one way and then relaunching it the opposite down-wind. Basically, this kite is the Switchblade you know and love but with some more robust hardware/materials that has been proven reliable and a release system that can easily be reloaded on the water. Looks like XLKITES.com will be selling lots of these this season!”
2013 Slingshot Misfit Review
Posted on July 22nd, 2012
We have been riding the new 2013 Slingshot Misfit in the 136cm size for the last few weeks. The misfit has changed very little from 2012 except for the straps and pads and the graphics (which are sick!!). These are already available from xlkiteboarding.com here: http://www.xlkiteboarding.com/proddetail.asp?prod=KB-2013-SS-Misfit
2013 Slingshot Asylum Review
Posted on July 21st, 2012
2013 Slingshot Asylum is a new board slingshot is making this year. It will have some sick graphics including a black bottom which looks awesome! Same updated 2013 Fast-track system with the countersunk bolts with washers (so no more bolts coming loose!!). The board comes in 134cm, 138cm, and 141cm.
Garrett Hazely (senior instructor with XLKITEBOARDING.com):
The 2013 Slingshot Asylum kiteboard has 4 channels on each tip that run from the ends all the way to the middle that help it grip even in over-powered conditions. It has some rocker on it, but no too much so it kills the power of the kite; just enough to make tricks easier to land. The good news is, the board still goes up wind like crazy, must be the channels on the bottom. Going to pop off the water, the channels on the bottom combined with the stiffness allow the rider to hold the edge till they can get the maximum tension in the lines for huge pop and enormous airs. Unlike the darko and lunacy, the Asylum has a handle which is nice. Many pro boards don’t have handles but who doesn’t like a handle?…and if you don’t you can just take it off. The straps and pads are very similar to the 2012s but they are all black with the new sick slingshot logo. They also have more grip on the pads underneith where the straps are. Overall, this board is awesome for someone who is into wakestyle, freestyle, or just looking for an awesome riding board. With its rocker and channeled bottom sliders are also easy to accomidate.
The boards are $749.00 or $250 upgrade with the purchase of a kite from XLKITEBOARDING.com.
Get yours today here: http://www.xlkiteboarding.com/proddetail.asp?prod=KB-2013-SS-Asylum
2013 Slingshot Rally Kiteboarding Kite Review
Posted on July 18th, 2012
2013 Slingshot kite Review (Buy a new 2013 Slingshot Rally with Free board)
The team at XLKITES was lucky enough to get an early 2013 Rally complete with 2013 Bar and lines set from Slingshot about a month before the kites came out this year. We had a number of good sessions on it testing it in high winds, light winds, relaunch, self launch, depower, overpower, everything that we thought would be important to our customers.
Here is what we think of the kite:
Phil Midler (Owner XLKITES):
“The kite has been changed significantly, I found the leading edge diameter was increased which should help the kite from bending when highly loaded. We saw this when teaching heavier students in high winds…the 2012 Rally would buckle a bit in the air. The new kite with the larger leading edge diameter should be able to hold up better in these conditions. The biggest change you’ll notice when you first see the new Rally is the two tiny struts on the outer wing tips that Slingshot added this year…they are small but make the sail stiffer in the air so it feels like the new Rally has more grunt. Another change is they moved the bridles forward toward the leading edge of the kite allowing for a more stable feel in the air. The bar pressure is a lot higher but the kite turns much faster. Overall, the the 2013 Rally will be better than the 2012 for heavier riders, students, and anyone flying in higher/gustier winds. The one down-side I found with the new Rally was light wind relaunch (under 10mph) the kite was more difficult to get into the air even with the increased bar pressure, but I feel that the added stiffness in the sail with the new struts is worth the trade-off because the kite will have more efficiency and will be stronger for people riding in high winds.”
Chris Summers (head instructor XLKITES-Houston):
“Slingshot has made some design changes to the new 2013 Slingshot Rally, first change is the leading edge is wider. This will give the kite greater stability in the air, which you can feel when you ride it in gusty conditions. They have also added two smaller struts that they call ‘mini-struts’ to the wing tips, which gives the kite more drive foward to the edge of the window giving the rider better upwind-riding ability. The next significant change is the bridles on the kite, they have taken the steering line (rear lines) and moved them to the knuckle point (forward of where it was in 2012) which allows it to perform better in gusty conditions. My overall impression of the 2013 Rally is good and the aspects I like the most about it is the faster turning speed and loftier jumps. The 2013 seemed to have a lot longer hang time in the air also. The bar pressure is more but it is a fair trade-off with the kite speed and feel when jumping. 2012 Rally had more of a ‘pop and drop’ feel in the air when you are jumping, which is great when you get it dialed in but the new Rally feels floatier and should be easier for newbees to land tricks etc. The 2013 Bar looks like it has a bit smaller diameter to it but I can’t be sure as I’ve not measured it. The grip feels a bit different though and I like it better than the old bar. There are no more numbers marking the size of the bar and the graphics are a bit different as you can see in the photos. Oh, one more thing….the Graphics on the new Rallys are amazing! The new kites are by far the best looking slingshot kites ever produced. They look sexy!”
Garrett Hazley (Instructor XLKITES-Texas City):
“Overall I think the 2013 Rally is a good kite but in lighter winds I would rather be on a 2012. It is a tough call because there really isn’t another kite that can relauch in light air like the 2012 Rally. On the water I thought the kite pulled harder than the 2012 and the bar pressure was higher. The kite was quicker in the air and it moved though the window faster so I could pump the kite easier than the older Rallys. Jumping on it was super floaty, which will make it easier for new jumpers. Unhooking on it was amazing! It seemed to ‘sit’ more consistently than the old Rallys which made the whole process easier. The bar (which is almost the same as the 2012) was easy to hook back in with after completing unhook tricks. Coming off the water for relaunching, it was tougher to get off in lighter winds, but it does have the ability to back fly up using tension on both rear lines at the same time. This will be very useful for snow kiters or anyone wishing to launch this on rough terrain as it will come straight up instead of sliding across the ground/water. Another technique that worked well is rocking the kite back and forth to get it more into the power-zone before relaunching. I liked the kite and look forward to teaching on it in higher winds. I think for low wind instruction I will stick with the 2012 Turbines.
This is what slingshot has to say about the new kite with their pictures:
Reinvented for 2013, the new Rally is your go-to kite for premium surf and freeride performance. This 4-line crossover kite has been completely reengineered and features new Connect Forward
attachment points, Reflex Wingtip technology and a new bridle configuration all bundled into a surf tough construction with a reinforced trailing edge. The Rally produces unwavering rigidity and efficiency. Flying further forward in the window for optimal upwind drive, this Open Delta-C kite will also sit back in the window when you want just the right amount of resistance for load-and-pop tricks or down-the-line pull.
A kite in a class of its own, the 2013 Rally delivers maximum range, instant de-power, effortless relaunch and precise handling. Our integrated Splitstrut technology produces a rock solid canopy.
The kite also comes with our patented One Pump technology and our improved Surf Tough Construction with improved trailing edge durability. This years Rally line up includes a 7-meter to help build your perfect quiver. You’re welcome!
OPEN DELTA-C DESIGN PLATFORM
Blends the core C kite performance characteristics like power, stability, edging, control and direct feel with the advantages of the latest advancements in 4 line technology. Which include the positive Delta attributes of incredible low end power, maximized range, upwind ability, de-power, speed, relaunch, hang time and safety.
SPLITSTRUT INTEGRATED DESIGN
Splitstrut integrates the strut and canopy into one rigid wing creating a lighter, stable and more
durable kite. This construction is proven to enhance power delivery under heavy load and creates efficiency in the overall frame.
A single point steering line that is connected directly to the “sweet spot” geometry of the kite.
Optimal for plug and play convenience and performance.
The Reflex Wingtip consists of 5 key elements. The added mini strut with reflex, a soft batten and
Connect Forward with a new tip geometry all work together to deliver faster turns, improved aerodynamics, increased rigidity with more stability.
NEW PULLEY-LESS BRIDLE CONFIGURATION
Direct Feel and precise control. Enhanced responsiveness and unmatched upwind performance.
No pulley maintenance required.
NEW TRAILING EDGE SHAPE
Reduces flutter and aids canopy stability and maximizes efficiency while still allowing the panels
to open and flex.
NEW SIZE (7m), QUIVER BUILDER
Optimizing quiver-building potential, we added a 7-meter size to the Rally lineup.
Ballistic Kevlar, Mark Cloth, and Neoprene. Individual scuff guards, strategically placed in
the most vulnerable areas of the kite to optimize durability.
SURF TOUGH SEAMS
Sets the standard for minimizing and containing canopy tears. Now with improved, reinforced
trailing edge durability.
LEGENDARY SLINGSHOT CONSTRUCTION
Long lasting durability and performance by using only the latest new high tech materials in our
LE, canopy,bladders and finish trim materials.
SLINGSHOT ONE PUMP
The trusted, original Slingshot patented single point inflation system to get you out faster and
LIFETIME RIDER SUPPORT HOTLINE
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Used Gear Still available as of 29Jun12
Posted on June 29th, 2012
Used gear still available in shop with prices on left
Ocean Rodeo Rise 2011 10m Blue/Black = $400
Slingshot Rally 2012 12m blue/black/white = $850
Liquid Force Havoc 2008 16m blue/grey = $200
Blade Trigger 2012 14m = $850
Ocean Rodeo Rise 2011 14m = $750
Wainman Boss 2010 12m = $500
Slingshot Rally 2012 12m Blue/White = $900
Sligshot Z kite 2012 11m Red/black = $750
Slingshot Rally 2011 10m black/white/Red =$500
Wainman 2009 9m black/Silver = $500
Wainman 2010 7m black/red = $800
Slingshot Fuel 2010 9m blue/grey = $500
North Rhino 2006 12m, 14m, 16m ($250 ea or $600 for all 3)
North Vegas 2006 18m, 14m ($350 ea or $600 for both)
Slingshot T3 2008 17m green/black = $375
Cabrinha Switchblade 2009 12m green = $500
Cabrinha Switchblade 2010 14m brand new = $1000
Ocean Rodeo Rise 2011 10m blue = $650
Slingshot T3 11m 2008 red/purple = $375
Slingshot Rally 2012 10m white/blue = $850
Naish Charger 9m = $400
Slingshot T3 2008 7m = $350
Slingshot Rev 2008 9m black/gray/pink = $250