In true Slingshot style, the ‘Slingwing’ looks bombproof, but what’s most distinguishing is the inflatable trailing edge. That’s right. Not a typo – there’s a bladder that spans the entire circumference of the wing. This results in a stiffer, longer lasting (less canopy movement) and more performance-orientated wing.
When you depower the Slingwing, instead of fluttering, the canopy remains completely rigid, providing a solid feel with a constant, unwavering connection to the wind. Slingshot highlight that the inflatable trailing edge also helps the Slingwing float in mid-air, making it far more predictable and manoeuvrable, due to the lightness of feel. It requires zero piloting when held by the top grab handle, so when you’re on a wave you can ditch the power with ease and focus solely on your board.
The control situation is a little different to the others – the Slingwing uses the ‘Y Boom’, that feels like a handle but acts like a boom. There’s also a handy see-through window in the canopy which is ideal for navigating traffic and when you’re wanting to cruise downwind. It’s available in two sizes (4.2m and 3m) and has inherited some of Slingshot’s signature stealthy graphics and colouring for their kite range. If the fuel was a wing..