Slingshot develops kite suspension system

January 6, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Slingshot's IRS: suspension technology | Photo: Slingshot

Slingshot has introduced new technology and innovations in their 2015 RPM kite model.

The team led by Slingshot Chief Designer Tony Logosz believe they've "did to kites what the suspension system did for mountain bikes. It's a huge breakthrough in the engineering of the RPM bridle."

The newly developed Intuitive Response System (IRS) auto tunes the bridle by using suspension technology. The IRS differential self-adjusting switch tunes the LE to the provide the optimal shape throughout every angle of attack.

"This provides a bar feel that is intuitive and delivers ultimate rider control. The IRS's responsiveness delivers the rider unmatched controlled power for any turn or maneuver," the company tells.

The IRS acts as a shock absorption system and distributes tension properly to where it's needed; much like a shock would do for a bike or car suspension system.

The 2015 RPM kite also comes with a new "One Pump Speed System." The technology will dramatically reduce inflation effort during setup and speed at take down time.

"Other improvements include details in our legendary bomb-proof construction with an all new updated diamond leech trailing edge construction, accompanied by a our DP 175 Dacron leading edge and strut material."

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