The RPM is Slingshot’s longstanding high depower freeride kite with a 3-strut medium aspect canopy that uses their open C-shaped profile that is designed as a crossover machine for just about everything but racing. The RPM uses a large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose for a quick and easy pump up. When it comes time to deflate, there’s a standard dump valve that allows you to quickly deflate without unthreading the bayonet valve. The RPM features four wingtip settings for adjusting kite feedback and the front bridle features Slingshot’s IRS single setting bridle with a fixed connection point that doesn’t utilize a pulley to change the kite’s angle of attack. The front bridle attachment point ends in a loop and the wingtip attachment point ends in a knot. The RPM offers light to medium bar pressure and tends to sit farther forward compared to the SST. The RPM has been known for its crisp steering response and fairly quick turning speed in a wider C-style turning arc compared to the Rally and SST. Testers gave the RPM excellent praise for its big air boosting and hangtime, yet the RPM also excels in load, pop and slack freestyle because its steering and sheeting are conducive to unhooked moves. When it comes to relaunch, the RPM will relaunch every time by applying pressure to the control bar, but the relaunch is not as quick as what you get with the Rally and the SST. When you combine the RPM’s crisp steering with its big air chops and friendly unhooked dynamics you have a kite that truly crosses all the disciplines for the rider that intends to dabble in a little bit of everything.
The RPM can be used with either the Compstick Guardian or Compstick Sentinel control bars. Both of these bars are fixed length bars that comes in three sizes: 17” width with 20m lines, a 20” width with 23m lines (3m ext), and a 23” width with 27m lines.