It’s tough to find something wrong with One Pump, Slingshot’s new integrated single-valve inflation system. What could be easier than using only 1 valve, without pinching, clinching, or cussing? What could be as satisfying as making your friends launch you first, allowing you to snicker at them from the water, all while they fumble with self-launching?
One Pump is a very simple concept. The strut bladders are connected to the leading edge via rubber cozies. You pump up the kite to 8 PSI using the main LE valve. If you have to replace a bladder, you do so just as you would before. That’s it. However, the skeptics out there have tried to complicate matters. We hear it now…” 8 PSI? How can that be? It needs to be rock hard 12 PSI, like all other kites. They must be smoking crack at that Slingshot place. That’s crazy.”
2004 Fuel Splitstrut Kites need only be inflated to 8 PSI. This is attributed not to One Pump, but to Splitstrut. In order to understand the idea of inflating your kite to only 8 PSI, tech down and take a look at Slingshot’s Splitstrut technology.
Splitstrut is the integration of the strut and canopy into one solid wing. The strut is now built into the canopy versus the old “hang-and-dangle” strut design that all other kite companies fly with. The Splitstrut is attached at two anchor points within the canopy, adding more rigidity with less weight and drag.
When the kite loads, there is more pull across the canopy with two connection points. This doubles the air capacity, thus allowing you to inflate your Fuel Splistrut to 8 PSI versus old kites’ 12 PSI and higher. You no longer have to inflate your kite to 12 PSI to make up for the drag created from single-point strut attachment. Is that cool or what? You get a lighter, more durable kite, a more responsive feel, and you still get to be on the water first. Call it crazy. We think it’s brilliant.
On a side note, we thought you would get a kick out of the myths surrounding One Pump:
“There’s an internal maze of pipes that you have to dissect with lasers in order to replace a bladder.”
“It’s one big octopus bladder that completely blows if you pop a bladder.”
“A robotic arm inside the leading edge moves around to each strut shutting them on and off”
“It’s actually a chemically-induced smoke from the pump walls that seeps through the strut material to inflate it.”