Slingshot Fuel 2008 Kite Review
- Set up the wingtip according to the type of kitesurfing you want to perform (freestyle, wake style or wave riding).
- Increased stability, less weight and a more balanced performance is achieved with the use of splitstrut technology.
- Increased durability (the strut seams ate reinforced three times).
The Slingshot Fuel is a C-style kite which is available in these sizes: 5m, 7m, 9m, 11m, 13m, and 17m. The Fuel has a reputation in the world of kitesurfing. Ever since 2001 the Fuel has reinvented itself, offering increased performance each year. Since its debut the Fuel has been a beacon to all advanced kitesurfers that want a kite capable of delivering huge power and capable of taking some serious punishment. The Slingshot designers knew this kite would be ridden hard so they fitted it with Splitstrut technology. Any tearing in the canopy is kept in check by the Fuel’s triple-reinforced seams. Less damage to the kite means fewer trips to the repair shop (so you get to keep your money in your own pocket instead of spending it on having your kite mended).
The Slingshot Fuel features wide wingtips. The use if this type of wingtips allows the kite to be flown as a forward four-line kite without a bridle. The Slingshot Fuel also gets its carving turn and constant power from these wide wingtips. The best thing is that the wide wingtips make the Fuel a good kite to perform freestyle tricks and aggressive moves.
The Slingshot Fuel uses the Onepump inflation system. It works by pumping equal amounts of pressure in all the struts and leading edge. This ensures the kite will offer maximum performance and stability. The nipples are ergonomically placed in such a way as to cause the minimum amount of drag.
Why you should get the Slingshot Fuel:
- Great power, fast turns, huge jumps and incredible kite loops.
- Very stable and comfortable.
The control bar of the Slingshot Fuel takes full advantage of the Profire five-line control system. It features and active stopper ball that you can use to adjust the chicken loop on-the-fly. When sheeted in, the bar pressure is done away with. You can benefit from front-line depower and trim within easy reach if you move the depower and trim below the control bar. Switch from a four-line to a five-line configuration whenever it suits you and makes for a more enjoyable ride.
- For on-the-fly adjustments use the active stopper ball.
- The Wave Grenade which you will not find anywhere else since it is the only deployable fifth line out there.
- Switch from a five-line setup (which offers safety, launch assist and is suited for doing tricks) to a four-line setup (which offers improved handling and is a bit simpler to use).