ragzilla wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:45 am
I would be expecting big things when this hits the market.
My views are probably biased.....
I don't foil , and really don't need and wouldn't buy a foil kite, and I know little to nothing about foil kite design etc.
But I'd still expect big things from this....
Slingy have a long reputation of being innovators (one pump system, Centre safety system, IRS bridle , and foil school)
Nobody can argue that their gear is tried & tested and really does do what it says.
You always know you're getting a quality product.
While so many companies try to bring new colourful kites on the market each year.... These guys take their time and only release something new when they have the formula right. Same tried & tested kites each year with minor tweaks.
While so many big brands jumped on the foil bandwagon 18 months ago and flooded the market.... Slingshot are still doing R&D ??
You could argue that they're playing catch up to the other companies..... maybe?
But I'm going to argue, that they're not going to release a foil kite until they know it's a podium winning kite.
Just think about it.....
You make some of the dialed & highly reputable kites on the market (fuel, rally, rpm) .... But then you're going to make a half arsed copycat foil kite?
I think not!!
Slingy don't play catch up!
Expect big things guys!!
I guess your right, you are bias. Ive flown a fuel and didnt think much of it. But unlike you i have flown and own foil kites. During the past few years of kiting ive watched on and taken part in the competative racing side of things, tried as many of the kites as possible, then bought my own f.one Diablo's. Ive watched the peter lynn team work hard on the aero development and raced against the finished product.
As far as foil kites go, i really cant see slingshot being inovative. I think that really they are just late to the party and jumping on the band wagon. Ok so their rnd is taking a bit of time, so maybe itll be better than the lf elite? But for racing i cant see them being anywhere near ozone or f.one or flysurfer. On top of that gin are going it alone (the ones responcible for the diablo along side f.one) and the aero is winning races left right and centre, it just needs to break the biggerfoil racing.
Now you may say that its aimed at "freestyle" which is a get out of jail free card, to say its good.....but not quite as good as the others. But at the spots i go to not even the foilboarders fly foil kites. Ive only met 2 others that fly foil kites and one is out of the country now. Im not sure how many "freestyle" kiters will go over to foil kites. The brudles and sizes usually put them off, let alone the need to be a better kiter to keep them flying. This makes the market for a freestyle foil kite extreemly limited.