May 8, 2013
Size tested: 9 m
Sizes available: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 m
Design features: 5-strut, 4-line, open Delta C
The Rally, Slingshot’s versatile crossover kite, received a full reinvention in 2013 that steps up its game, with some improved handling, better upper-end wind range and better overall stability. Framed with two new wing-tip struts, the reinvented Rally is rock solid in the air and offers improved drift and balance while parked. Improvements for advanced riders also include better and higher jumping and smoother pull for unhooked freestyle. The Rally is a top choice for beginners and quickly advancing riders due to its superb stability and easy plug-and-play performance. The water relaunch continues to be superb, and its smooth pull and instant depower make it an ideal kite to learn and progress with from any level.
This year’s Rally generates some additional power that is smooth and predictable through the turns. The Rally remains well-equipped for riding waves, with good balance, drift and steady pull that has replaced the quick and light snappy turns it had as a three-strut model. Bar feedback is also more positive, and smoother power delivery has replaced the light, snappy rocket, which preceded it. The Rally has the low-end power and great wind range to help progressing riders quickly advance. In 2013, it will continue to excite down-the-line surfers with its great drift and capability, and with performance and handling that move it beyond its origins.
- Less snappy, light and pivotal turning
Previously known for its lightning fast, pull-free looping and turning ability, this year’s kite is slightly slower, with some extra smooth pull generated through the turn.
+ What the SBC Test Team raved about:
“The Rally shows real refinement in its reconfigured version, with smoother power and superb stability. It still shuts on off but without the pinching wing tips or instability while completely depowered.”
“Smooth, predictable turning with more precise depower put the Rally at home in the waves for me.”
Cool Tech Features:
- Open Delta C design platform
- New Reflex wing tips
- Connect forward attachment points