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2016 Slingshot Wave SST – up to and over 50% off

$599.00$649.00

The Wave SST (offered in 6, 8, 10 and 12 meter sizes) is sturdy enough to take a pounding in the surf, but light enough to track magically downwind, downloop on a dime and whip across the window at the flick of a wrist.

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2016 Wave SST

6m = $1149.00

8m = $1299.00

10m = $1499.00

12m = $1599.00

Description from Slingshot:

Slingshot is thrilled to introduce a radical new kite to its 2016 lineup – the 2016 Slingshot Wave SST. With a design that will redefine the meaning of a true surf-specific kite, the Wave SST (Slingshot Surf Technology) features a Compact-C canopy and compact direct-connect bridal that looks like a cross between an RPM and a Rally, but performs unlike any kite on the market.

Built with significant and unrivaled upgrades to Slingshot’s already bombproof construction, the Wave SST (offered in 6, 8, 10 and 12 meter sizes) is sturdy enough to take a pounding in the surf, but light enough to track magically downwind, downloop on a dime and whip across the window at the flick of a wrist. For kiters serious about taking their wave skills to the next level, the Wave SST is the kite to take them there. The Wave SST is equipped with a modified version of Slingshot’s revolutionary new shock-absorbing IRS bridal (featured on the 2015 RPM), which provides instant feedback and response, unrivaled stability and is condensed enough that it can’t get wrapped around wingtips if rolled in the surf. With a shape that favors serious downwind drift, unbelievable turning speed even when fully sheeted-out and a feather-light feel when shredding down the line, slashing faces and bottom-turning, the Wave SST has set a new standard for what a wave kite can do for its riders.

Slingshot coined the term “Surf Tough” nearly 15 years ago with its unique seam technology, and its designers have taken that concept to another level with the Wave SST. The kite is constructed with an extra heavy duty Rip Stop Surf Grid canopy material and has extra panels reinforced in a gridded quilt pattern to provide increased strength in the event of a water landing. These upgrades compliment Slingshot’s already rock-solid construction that makes our kites the most resilient on the market.

Although built specifically for surf, the Wave SST is also an outstanding kite for easy-going strapless riders and the rapidly-growing faction of foil boarders due to its incredible depower, feather-light feel and unrivaled turning characteristics. For customized performance, the kite features three trailing edge attachment points which result in more or less bar pressure and sensitivity depending on which point is chosen. All of Slingshot’s 2016 kites come with our new One Pump Speed System, which increases inflation efficiency to get you out on the water faster and with less energy than before.

2016 Slingshot Wave SST from Slingshot Kite on Vimeo.

PRODUCT DETAILS

More info:

The 2016 Slingshot WAVE SST features a Compact-C canopy profile and a condensed version of Slingshot’s popular shock-absorbing IRS bridle system. The combination of canopy geometry and bridle configuration results in a kite that flies deep in the window, in the sweet spot for surf-specific performance. Two main features that make the WAVE SST such an amazing surf kite are: How well it drifts downwind and how quickly it can pivot even when you’re depowered, sheeted out or moving toward the kite. These characteristics also make the WAVE an ideal kite for foiling. The WAVE SST is extremely robust, taking Slingshot’s bomber surf-tough standards a step farther, with a special Surf Grid panel layout that adds strength and durability to the canopy, and a condensed bridle setup. Trailing edge tension is now controlled with the addition of Teijin T2 Polyester ripstop canopy material, which decreases trailing edge flutter and increases durability. We reinforced the one-pump inflation valve’s connection to the bladder to help prevent blowouts caused by improper hose attachment/ detachment. Finally, we added two Kevlar patches to prevent bridle rub on the trailing edges.

 

 

 

Customize power, bar pressure, response and handling with multiple attachment points:
The WAVE SST features multiple attachment points that allow riders to fine-tune the kite’s handling and performances based on their riding style and the conditions of a particular session. This tuning is done quickly and easily and makes a big impact on the kite’s overall performance; you can choose different settings for boosting big, for unhooked freestyle, for user-friendly depower or for riding waves, to name a few.

Bomber Slingshot construction:
Have unrivaled confidence in your gear, and in your investment, with bombproof Slingshot construction: Slingshot coined the term Surf-Tough more than a decade ago, and today we take pride in our reputation for building the most durable kites on the market. Slingshot’s bombproof durability gives riders the trust and confidence they need to push themselves, and their gear, to new limits. As an investment, due to superior construction and durability, Slingshot kites hold up exceptionally well over time and have a high resale value. Slingshot designer Tony Logosz has defined quality kite design and innovation since day-one by. Most major construction techniques popular today started with Slingshot.

Split Strut technology:
Ride with confidence and control with a stronger, more stable and more ridged canopy. Created by Slingshot, SplitStrut technology has become the gold standard in kite design. SplitStrut integrates the kite’s canopy and struts into one firmly interconnected piece. This is a major design element in all of Slingshot’s kites, and it results in a stronger, more stable and far more durable canopy. SplitStrut enhances power under heavy load and creates efficiency and rigidity in the overall frame.

Save time and energy with Slingshot’s ONE PUMP SPEED SYSTEM:
Slingshot invented the one-pump concept years ago, and today the innovation can be found on almost every kite on the market. The One Pump Speed System makes inflating your kite quick and easy; simply attach your hose and pump your entire kite from one convenient valve. Deflating is just as easy. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you’ve ever had to inflate and deflate your leading edge and all your struts individually, you know how important it really is.

1 review for 2016 Slingshot Wave SST – up to and over 50% off

  1. Review from Kiteriders:

    I get a lot of questions regarding the comparison of the new SST by Slingshot and the 2012 Rally by Slingshot. Here is a review that covers a lot of ground on the new SST’s and some comparisons to the 2012 Rally. Enjoy.

    1) Turning speed.

    2016 SST is Fast. Not only quick, but Fast turning. Quick is good….Fast is great. The faster the better as far as I’m concerned. 6m and 8m are lightning fast. Similar to 2012 Rally. Check.

    2) Turning radius

    The 2016 SST is more of a pivot turn if you need or arcing if you back off of the bar movements. Smother than 2012 Rally

    3) Drifting

    This kite drifts with no flutter at all and once reengaged, doesn’t all of a sudden pull your arms off. Much better than 2012 Rally.
    *Side note: Some kites will loose the ability to steer if the bar is pushed out all the way or heavily depowered. Not this kite. I could rip deep downwind and depower hard and control the kite with one hand with just a tad of upper hand pressure to keep it in place. I’m done and convinced this kite rocks. The rest is gravy.

    4) Stability

    Huh? Stable to me usually means boring. Not on this kite. It’s not only stable, but it doesn’t flutter at all. I think it made a little noise once when I was doing a tack transition on my surf board and downlooped it right through the power zone, but not much at all. Much better than 2012 Rally.

    5) Relaunch

    2012 Rally might be a tad better just due to a rounder leading edge curve, but the SST is excellent. I haven’t had a chance to try in lighter winds.

    6) Pull and power

    The 2016 SST has more pull than I expected. I’d say similar to the 2012 Rally’s, but the larger size 2012’s probably have a little better overall low end. Just a guess. The kite has a really consistent pull and absorbs gusts much much better than the 2012’s.

    7) Depower

    The SST has a lot of depower, and I had no problem doing tack transitions with this kite. On some kites like a 2016 Rally, the kite will pull too hard with the kite overhead when tacking on a surf board. Not the SST….easy to do tacks. On our last day of riding, I was riding the 10m Lit….no problem, but should have been on an 8m. Went to 8m and was lit…no problem. Should have been on the 6m. Went to the 6m and was lit once again. Geez….this kite handles gusts like a champ.

    The SST is not only a phenomenal wave riding kite, but will excel in aggressive freestyle and freeriding.

    The SST at first glance it looks like an RPM, but with a lot of the riding characteristics of the 2012 Rally.

    It has a super simple short bridle and can’t wait to try it also on my Alien Air foil board soon.

    Any negatives? Not sure yet. Self inflating kites would be nice. I’ll add something negative if I come up with it.

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