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2012 Dakine Harnesses
Posted on February 22nd, 2012
We just got a shipment of new kiteboarding waist harnesses from Dakine for 2012. These harnesses include all of their new models. There are pictures below. A new harness in the Dakine Lineup is the Chameleon…it is basically the Renegade without the leather finish and a lot less embroidery and screen printing on the sides and spreader bar pad. Both the Chameleon and Renegade have a less stiff feel than the Pyro. They are also narrower around the front. The Dakine Pyro has been and is still one of the best choices for very hard riding kiteboarders. It is very wide in the back to disperse the extreme force from the kite during high load maneuvers like kiteloops or wake style tricks. You can wear the Pyro all day and still not be sore the next day.
Dakine has been making harnesses longer than anyone in the kiteboarding industry. They started with windsurfing and sailing and have created a great following over the years in the kiteboarding industry as well. They are known for bomb proof construction and great warranty support in case something does break. Visit either XLKITES store and try on Dakine harnesses to see which one is the best for you. If you’re a student your 15% off discount will apply to these harnesses as well as any other harnesses we have in stock.
2012 RPMs Are in!!!
Posted on February 7th, 2012
We just got the 2012 RPMs in at the shop. They looks super slick. We took the below vide0 today and immediately took one out for a test spin at the Levee to see what the deal was with the new design. Check out pricing etc, don’t forget your locals discount. No one seems to know. So here it is…straight from the experts:
We’ve done a test of the RPM on the water including light wind relaunch and a full deep water self rescue. The setting on the kite changed and the cut of the kite changed a bit but for the most part it is very similar to the 2011 Slingshot RPM. The kite performed almost identically to the 2011 RPM in all categories. We still have the 2011 12m RPMs in stock but only have a few left…all other 2011 RPMs are sold out from us and from Slingshot.
Best Light Wind Kiteboarding Kite Available now!
Posted on February 4th, 2012
2011 Slingshot Turbine is the best inflatable light wind kite available on the market right now.
Everything about the 2011 Slingshot Turbine light wind kite has been optimized to perform on days when wind ranges are in there low end.
Head to Head test between 2011 Cabrinha Crossbow and 2011 Slingshot Turbine in 8-10mph with same large light wind board. No comparison…the lighter 3-strut design of the Turbine coupled with its high aspect shape proved to be much more efficient on relauch and easier to keep in the air when trying to get up on the board. Light wind is when you prove the metal of a kite and the 2011 Turbine just proved it is the best light wind kite of 2011. With a skilled rider behind the wheel and a large board wind range down to 8mph is possible with this kite in your quiver.
The number one way to increase your time on the water is by extending what conditions make kiteboarding fun. The Turbine can be combined with a Competition Race board, surf boards or a Glide for mind blowing speed, power, upwind and downwind performance. Bottom line is this kite increases the fun factor and time on the low end of the wind range. The Turbine is the perfect example of the way we build, the way we ride and the way we live. Its our commitment to the core!
Kite Package Includes
17m Turbine Kite
Comp Stick Control Bar
Jena J XL Double Pump
Kite Patch Kit, CSS and Butter Box Bungee
Turbine Quick Start Guide
Lifetime Rider Service Hotline Support
Check your local shop to see if this great new light wind kite is in stock.
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Everything about the Slingshot Turbine has been optimized to perform on days when wind ranges are in there low end. The number one way to increase your time on the water is by extending what conditions make kiteboarding fun. The Slingshot Turbine can be combined with a Competition Race board, surf boards or a Glide for mind blowing speed, power, upwind and downwind performance. Bottom line is this kite increases the fun factor and time on the low end of the wind range. The Slingshot Turbine is the perfect example of the way we build, the way we ride and the way we live. Its our commitment to the core!
INTERMEDIATE TO EXPERTS FREERIDE, COURSE RACING, LIGHT WIND AND SURF
Includes: 2011 Slingshot Turbine 17m kite, Comp stick control bar and lines, leash, bag, pump
-Riders looking for a light wind specific kite. -Riders who demands performance in light wind and want to extend their time on the water. -Excels in efficiency, speed, power and upwind/downwind performance.
Features + Advantages
-Split Strut integrated 3 strut design Blends the core C kite performance characteristcs like power, stability, edging, control and direct feel with the advantages of the latest advancements in four line technology. Advancements like the positive Delta attributes of incredible low end power, maximized range, upwind ability, depower, speed, re-launch,hang time and safety.
-Accelerated power steering bridle Light and crisp in the sky with added durability, increased stability and canopy shaping control. Less struts and lighter profile will enable better water re launch in light winds. Packs down tight
-Custom fuel injection Allows for smooth responsive steering, power delivery and adds more support to the wingtip. Clean and tight to the leading edge to maximize performance and lightens up the bar pressure.
-Scalloped trailing edge Customize kite tuning performance from freeriding to course racing to maximize power and efficiency.
-Slingshot 1-pump The trusted original single point inflation system to get you out faster and easier
-Low profile wing tips Increases turning speed, while reducing drag and creating more efficiency
-Slingshot legendary construction Surf tough, abrasion proof, reduced flutter wear. Ensures long lasting durability and performance
-Lifetime rider hotline support Communicate directly with our friendly in houseprofessional customer service department
Kite Package Includes: 17m Turbine Kite Comp Stick Control Bar Kite Backpack Jena J XL Double Pump Kite Patch Kit, CSS and Butter Box Bungee Turbine Quick Start Guide Lifetime Rider Service Hotline Support
Bar: 23 Inches Lines: 27 Meters
Comp Stick Control Bar Truly innovative design and engineering with superior safetyand performance in mind, Slingshot introduces the COMPSTICK CONTROL BAR. This bar has the highest level of CSS safety and Center of the Universe performance / convenience in the cleanest 4 line configuration available. The clean and uncluttered 4 line configuration also allows for easy and speedy set up. Features such as the Surefire Spinner, Progressive Line Lengths, Auto Indexing Chicken Loop, Active Stopper Ball and Push Away Center Safety System makes it the first choice for crossover riders who demand more.
What the Kiteboarder Magazine has to say about the 2011 Slingshot Turbine:
On the Water: Even in really light wind, the Turbine remains stable and has no tendency to overfly when along the edge of the window. Is has a surprisingly light feeling in the sky for a 17m kite and the kite gives great feedback to the rider, making the Turbine a kite you can easily fly without having to constantly look at it. Bar pressure is in the light-medium range with the rear bridle on the rear setting and the Turbine delivers a very smooth pull. Low end power is fantastic and with a light wind specific board you should be able to ride upwind in less than 10 knots. The Turbine flies forward in the window and is easy to get upwind for such a big kite. Handling is relatively quick for a 17m and the kite handles well when depowered. Jumping performance is good and jumps tend to have a lot of hang time. Even unhooked, the Turbine remains very stable.
- The Turbine is light-feeling and surprisingly nimble for such a large kite.
- Rock-solid stability, even in sub 10-knot winds.CONS:
- The trim system can be challenging to adjust, especially when under a lot of tension.
- When you depower the Turbine a lot, you are stuck with the excess line dangling near the rider.
2012 Slingshot Turbine Light Wind Kite
Posted on February 3rd, 2012
What XLKITES says:
So in 2011 Slingshot came out with the Turbine kite which was basically a high aspect Rally with a rear bridle system that connected the rear line to the from bridle using a pulley. This gave the kite more bar pressure and allowed the rider more purchase when making turns etc. For 2012 they have changed the Turbine by manipulating the rear line even more they were able to get the kite to spill air during over powered or gusty condition similar to the way a wind surfing sail spills air in a gust. While making these changes they were able to eliminate the rear bridle pulley so the new 2012 Turbine has NO pulleys. Other than this change the new Turbine will be very similar to the 2011. With these changes to the kite should have more range on the upper end. The Slingshot Turbine is the BEST light wind kite out there but when you’re over powered on a turbine you are OVERPOWERED. They tried to make this a little better for 2012. Here is what Slingshot says about the kite and pictures etc:
Lighter, Faster, more Efficient
When you want to stay on the water and still have fun in 5-6 knots, you have to be light. To save weight we started with a new bladder material that is 25% lighter, reduced the leading edge diameter and introduced a smaller strut size. Efficiency is king, so we completely updated the design geometry. To make it more efficient and faster in light wind we’ve increased the aspect ratio much like on a glider or wind turbine wing. This improves lift thru kite speed and allows it to fly further forward in the window.
In the wing tips, we introduced a new concept called Free-Twist Tip Technology. Developed to increase the narrow wind range of large kites, the steering line attachment is positioned to allow the wingtips to freely pivot and the trailing edge panel to open and twist. The result is a lighter, faster feel with a wide apparent wind range and quick turning radius for such a large kite.
The Turbine has plenty of low end grunt to get you planning with a competition race board, surfboard, or large twin tip. Once up to speed, the kite stays efficient and in control as the apparent wind ramps higher.
Most Efficient Light Wind Kite Ever Made
The bottom line is this kite increases your riding time and gets you off the beach when there’s not a whitecap in sight.
Who Should buy this kite?
1. Anyone looking for more time on the water, with the extended wind range you can Double your riding time with this kite!
2. This is a great kite for heavier riders who are learning to ride up wind…new riders are very inefficient and a heavier person will appreciate the extra grunt
3. Wake-style riders who want to practice their tricks on a small board in light winds. It is a perfect power source for wake jumps without loops or large kite movements
Kite Specs and Attributes:
+ UPDATED OPEN DELTA-C” DESIGN PROFILE
+ SPLIT STRUT INTEGRATED 3 STRUT DESIGN
+ FREE-TWIST TIP TECHNOLOGY
+ REDESIGNED WING TIP STRUTS
+ NEW TRAILING EDGE SHAPE + FLEX BATTENS
+ IMPROVED POWER STEERING BRIDLE
+ SLINGSHOT ONE-PUMP
+ TRI TECH PROTECTION
+ SLINGSHOT LEGENDARY CONSTRUCTION
+ LIFETIME RIDER HOTLINE SUPPORT
- The higher aspect ratio improves lift through kite speed instead of angle of attack. The new geometry allows the kite to fly forward in the window, frees up the wingtips and keeps them from oversheeting.
- Light and crisp in the sky with added durability, increased stability and canopy shaping control. Less struts and lighter profile will enable better water re launch in light winds.
- Packs down tight even with the added flex battens.
- Free pivot wingtips act as a natural governor and twist open automatically to extend the apparent wind range.
- Conical taper shape for low drag and efficient control.
- Reduces flutter and aids canopy stability and maximizes efficiency while still allowing the panels to open and flex.
- Allows for smooth responsive steering, power delivery and adds more support to the wingtip. Clean and tight to the leading edge to maximize performance and lightens up the bar pressure.
- No pulleys!
- The trusted, original Slingshot patented single point
- Ballistic Kevlar , Mark Cloth, and Neoprene. Individual scuff guards, strategically placed in the most vulnerable areas of the kite to optimize durability.
- Long lasting durability and performance by using only the latest new high tech materials in our LE, canopy,bladders and finish trim materials.
- Communicate directly with our friendly in house professional customer service department.The turbine is the best light wind inflatable kite on the market we have tested it against over 10 other “light wind” kites and it out performed them all!
Deep-water Self Rescue Clinic
Posted on February 1st, 2012
The deep water clinic is at 3pm on Sunday afternoon 4Feb12 and will be held just past the boat ramp at about the 3mi point on the Texas City Dike. See graphic below:
Feel uneasy with deep water operations? Well many people do and the reason for it most of the time is because they learned in shallow water and have never had to do a full emergency release and self-rescue in deep water. Another fear is losing your board in deep water. Both of these items will be covered and practiced by each clinic participant in deep water on their own equipment under the watchful eye and instruction of Phil Midler from XLKITES.
We will cover each of the exercises on land, practice on land then do a actual board recovery and self rescue and pack down out in the deep water. This class has a limited number of participants so if you’re interested email the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-508-6485 as soon as you’re sure you can do it. It will be run like a normal lesson so we’ll call each participant the day before to confirm the time on Sunday. It will most likely be in the afternoon after everyone is done riding for the day. Prerequisites for the class are:
1. Being able to ride upwind
2. Land/launch your own kite
3. Know emergency procedure theory (in shallow water etc)
4. Know how to swim (hopefully this is not an issue)
5. Have equipment with working safety release and safe operating condition
Price for the clinic is $35/person and can be payable the day of the clinic. it will be 1-2 hours long.