At A Glance
Constantly innovating new technologies and designs Slingshot produce some seriously good twin tip boards, both in the kite market and wake market. The Asylum has been one of Slingshots leading weapons in the kite market for over a decade now, targeting the performance freeride – freestyle / wakestyle market.
High rockered, with deep aggressive channels and rammed with tech the board features Slingshots Dura-Glide base, fusion sidewalls, carbon bedrock inserts and more. All of these line up to create a bombproof, top performer.
The 2019 Slingshot Asylum can be ridden with Slingshot’s 2019 Dually foot strap; however, the real performance of this board comes into its own when ridden with full boot bindings.
Sizes: 138 x 42, 141 x 43cm.
This board is fantastic to ride, no matter what your style is.
On The Water
When we first took to the water on the 2019 Slingshot Asylum, we headed out using the new 2019 Dually strap and pad set. This new setup from Slingshot is super grippy underfoot, absorbs shock and suits a variety of foot sizes. Being a predominately boot based kiter, I usually test boards with both my boots, when appropriate and the pads provided. The Dually set up offers a great connection to the board and once set up for your feet you can kite in perfect comfort.
Onto the board itself, the Asylum feels like a well-oiled machine, it loves to be smashed about in the waves, carved from rail to rail, it grips like glue and fires you into orbit on demand. It’s not easy to find such a flowing, aggressive board that meets such a variety of riding styles, and this is what makes the Asylum a standout piece. The Asylum is somewhat slower to pick up speed in light conditions than some freestyle boards we see today, however, when the powers on, the Asylum can be ridden at super-fast speeds and remains a smooth, controllable ride.
Pop bindings onto the Asylum and you just increase the amount of performance this board has to offer. Get this board into the flats, and it just grips harder, pops higher, while still remaining a comfortable ride. Landings on the Asylum are super soft, the high rocker line helps soak up those massive impacts.
The 2019 Slingshot Asylum is such a fantastic ride. Well worth checking out for those riders wanting to take the next step up from a basic board to something with an aggressive high-performance feel. Best suited to the high-end freeride and freestyle inspired riders. Capable of withstanding a beating in the park as well, the Asylum is exceptionally well built.
This review was in Issue 70 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Slingshot
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