I don't think you would be holding yourself back on the Raptor. I believe Sam Light moved to it for big air stuff from the RPM this year. I haven't ridden any Slingshot kites since a 2017 Turbine 17m, so sorry I'm not much help here.Lolomolo wrote: ↑Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:49 amI guess my question is more specific; I am trying to squeeze as much as I can out of the kites I ride and I have obviously hit a dead end with the RPMs (in terms of height). The Raptor is a good step forward and I saw immediate 25-50% gains on my height, the question is; am I still holding myself back with this kite. How much worse is it than something like the Orbit/XR/Rebel.
I often post answers that it is skill not equipment holding people back and don't rush to buy (usually people jumping a few meters wanting to buy a new kite to go higher). But in your case, you have very nice heights already & you've on top of that found a difference - a 25% boost in height switching kites. But as you've already found, it is one thing to find a difference among styles within a brand vs. going across brands. I think most most big brands have nailed each pure category (wave, height, looping, ...) and the differences are subtle and more about design tradeoffs, style preference, your personal strengths and weaknesses, and how and where you ride.Lolomolo wrote: ↑Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:59 amSo I got the Slingshot 10M Raptor a few months back, and the 9M a few days ago. I absolutely love the kite so far, but I am also aiming to take my kiting to competitions.
I learned on the Rally and have a full quiver of RPMs that I regularly ride. The RPM has been a wonderful kite that has forced me to perfect my technique but I feel like I have pretty much maxed out the jumping capabilities. I can consistently jump 12M on the 8 and 9M RPMs but never higher. I broke 15M the first day I took the 10M raptor out in 25-30Knots.
Now; I want to keep pushing the height, keep working on loops, and in general work to get into some big air competitions.
I'd like the community opinion here; am I holding myself back by sticking with Slingshot? Do you think the raptor is a competitive kite, if not, what kite do you think I should look at to keep progressing.
Any other tips for moving forward are appreciated!
P.S. Iv tried the 2021 Rebel, It is a boosting machine, and I could consistently hit 13M jumps on the 9m in 25-30knots. But it has no bar pressure and feel very flimsy.
I really like the dice, and was even able to loop the 12M and have it full catch me. If I was to just work on loops id love to invest in this kite. But, it just doesnt feel very powerful.
I really like the Naish Pivot, it loops alright, and has good height, but again, controls just feel too flimsy and I cant feel where it is in the sky if im doing backroll loops.
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