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The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby Toby » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:47 am

Duotone News:

The 2021 Neo SLS


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The shape, feel and purpose of the Neo is obvious and the Neo SLS clearly defines the reason, potential and support for this achievement. It’s for the driven, the daring and the determined wave riders on a quest for the ultimate ride. Why strive to be Airton, when you can be Airton.

https://www.duotonesports.com/kiteboard ... s/neo-sls/





GO BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE NEO SLS

Ken Winner continues to re-invent and innovate the wheel alongside Ralf Grösel. Ken will never say, but the Neo is one of his greatest successes and we see it whenever he returns to the drawing board for something old, or new. Read how the world’s most decorated wave kite, now has the Strong Light Superior treatment!

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PERFORMANCE FEATURES

Faster, more dynamic turning and handling due to Flex Struts and light weight construction (less accelerated mass)
Wider wind range and incredible low end
Increased drift due to less overall weight


TECHNICAL DETAILS

Penta TX frame construction
Flex Struts for more dynamic handling and steering
More durable, yet up to 15 % / 560 g lighter construction than a classic Neo, due to new material mix and Penta TX
Four or five line set up (5th line not included)


NEO SLS IN A NUTSHELL

The Neo SLS is all about making every day a surfing day. SLS proves that a hands-on approach at every stage and clear lines of communication is key. Implementing a new material in a well oiled system like the Neo SLS relies on understanding one’s vision and being excited to move a sport forwards. SLS, the products which make us smile and hopefully everyone else who tries SLS products!


PENTA TX

The physical and mechanical properties of Penta TX are wildly different to our previous cloth. In addition, early Penta TX prototype kites had a very lively feel that proved too lively and harsh, especially in the smaller sizes. So, our vision was to cultivate the liveliness and tame the harshness, through design and structure, not material.

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The SLS line of surfboards come in six outstanding shape. Boards a bit lighter, more durable AND have a better feel and flex, which really ticks all the boxes in our criteria for a high performance kite surfboard that will stand up to the rigorous of every day kitesurfing.

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BEHIND THE DESIGN

Sky Solbach sees his role of designing our line of Surfboards as a lifestyle. He lives and breathes wave-riding and is inspired daily by his home, Maui, and our world class team of riders. Constantly looking for ways to improve our line, his daily routine of testing, shaping, tweaking and tuning was the key to achieving the magic SLS construction and balance it across our iconic shapes.

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Kite lines connect and communicate the power to your hands and are crucial for safe, long-lasting and enjoyable sessions. FLITE99 offers the highest Dyneema Quality, SK 99. Backlines are turquoise / Frontlines are grey, so you always know which is which. They come with 12% higher breaking load and 15% less elongation. Plus, because they have 6.5 % less wind exposed area, due to a decreased diameter, they're faster!

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby madworld » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:27 pm

All the Duotone kite use a bar with a high Y. How the heck do you self land the kite? With a low Y, I can tug on the top front line to yank the leading edge down for the wind to push it down.
I always find it crazy looking at Duotone riders trying to self land with many attempts of crashing the kite onto the beach trying to get it to sit down.
Why do designers go with a high or low Y?

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby purdyd » Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:11 pm

madworld wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:27 pm
All the Duotone kite use a bar with a high Y. How the heck do you self land the kite? With a low Y, I can tug on the top front line to yank the leading edge down for the wind to push it down.
I always find it crazy looking at Duotone riders trying to self land with many attempts of crashing the kite onto the beach trying to get it to sit down.
Why do designers go with a high or low Y?
You can setup your safety line to be your top line and tug on that. Or you can just walk up your lines to the vee, it is not that far.

Or you can walk up your lines all the way to the kite.

Or you can use a tether.

Or you can release to single line safety again when it is on the top line.

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby dracop » Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:25 pm

madworld wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:27 pm
All the Duotone kite use a bar with a high Y. How the heck do you self land the kite? With a low Y, I can tug on the top front line to yank the leading edge down for the wind to push it down.
I always find it crazy looking at Duotone riders trying to self land with many attempts of crashing the kite onto the beach trying to get it to sit down.
Why do designers go with a high or low Y?
Effects of the High Y:
- Smoother turns
- Better kite stability
- Can shift some of the load distribution function of the bridle onto the kite lines

Comes at a price though
- reduced power relative to a low V split
-line inversions become a pain to undo so if your outside lines end up going through the center lines its a nightmare to undo while at sea

As far as Self landing, the Duotone Click bar offers the same self landing opportunity as a classic low V split bar. The red safety center line runs clean thru the V distributor giving you the ability to directly pull on the part of the kite you need for self landing (they grey line cannot do it as it will pull on the opposite center line). You have to make sure the red line ends up being the upper center line when you come in to land. So if launching right side first, you have to connect the center lines in reverse color order (red to grey on the Centers); if launching left foot leading you connect color matching red to red on center lines.

Most of the people you see struggling probably could not self land a normal bar anyways.
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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby iriejohn » Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:33 pm

purdyd wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:11 pm
madworld wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:27 pm
All the Duotone kite use a bar with a high Y. How the heck do you self land the kite? With a low Y, I can tug on the top front line to yank the leading edge down for the wind to push it down.
I always find it crazy looking at Duotone riders trying to self land with many attempts of crashing the kite onto the beach trying to get it to sit down.
Why do designers go with a high or low Y?
You can setup your safety line to be your top line and tug on that. Or you can just walk up your lines to the vee, it is not that far.

Or you can walk up your lines all the way to the kite.

Or you can use a tether.

Or you can release to single line safety again when it is on the top line.
All of which are work-arounds. :wink:

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby madworld » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:28 pm

Great tips 👌

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby madworld » Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:06 am

madworld wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:28 pm
Great tips 👌
Any videos explaining the technical self landing specific to the duotone trust bar.

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby omg » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:35 am

iriejohn wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:33 pm
purdyd wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:11 pm
madworld wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:27 pm
All the Duotone kite use a bar with a high Y. How the heck do you self land the kite? With a low Y, I can tug on the top front line to yank the leading edge down for the wind to push it down.
I always find it crazy looking at Duotone riders trying to self land with many attempts of crashing the kite onto the beach trying to get it to sit down.
Why do designers go with a high or low Y?
You can setup your safety line to be your top line and tug on that. Or you can just walk up your lines to the vee, it is not that far.

Or you can walk up your lines all the way to the kite.

Or you can use a tether.

Or you can release to single line safety again when it is on the top line.
All of which are work-arounds. :wink:
well, how do you land in 30+ knots other than using the tethering? (excl. pulling the QR trigger)

Madworld - just use tether, very safe and easy way to self launch and land.

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby iriejohn » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:20 am

omg wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:35 am
iriejohn wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:33 pm
purdyd wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:11 pm

You can setup your safety line to be your top line and tug on that. Or you can just walk up your lines to the vee, it is not that far.

Or you can walk up your lines all the way to the kite.

Or you can use a tether.

Or you can release to single line safety again when it is on the top line.
All of which are work-arounds. :wink:
well, how do you land in 30+ knots other than using the tethering? (excl. pulling the QR trigger)

Madworld - just use tether, very safe and easy way to self launch and land.
When landing in 30+ knots (when the gusts obviously can be very strong) if there's nobody around to land the kite I pull the QR trigger. Not the prettiest way to land, but the safest imo.

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Re: The 2021 Duotone Neo SLS

Postby BudhaNl » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:24 am

So I'm interested in the part that comes before landing that 2021 Neo SLS, the actual riding ;) :lol:

Anyone who has experience there already? What's it like? Still as powerful as previous generations for their size?
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