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Cabrinha Switchblade (2013)

Kite Details

Manufacturer
Year
2013
Sizes
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There are very few cases in the world of kite design where high performance and ease of use collide. The Switchblade is just one of those rare cases. The Switchblade is the worlds premier wakestyle kite. Powering the likes of Andre Phillip to legendary status in his pursuit of core wakestyle riding. One of the elements that make this kite so perfect for wakestyle riding AND all round freestyle riding is its predictability. It has pitch perfect balance when riding unhooked and a light bar pressure when riding hooked in. The Switchblade has undergone a few strategic improvements in 2013 to enhance its efficiency and turning speed (especially in the larger sizes) without compromising the legendary “feel” that has made the Switchblade the world’s best selling kite model.

User reviews

Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
9.0
Performance 
 
9.0
Build Quality 
 
9.0
Control Bar 
 
8.5
Depower 
 
9.0
Relaunch 
 
9.5
Ratings (the higher the better)
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Details
 Wave
 Freestyle
 Wakestyle
 Freeride
 Race
 Light Wind
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Cabrinha Switchblade (2013) 2013-01-08 17:03:53 Pedro Silva
Overall rating 
 
8.9
Performance 
 
9.0
Build Quality 
 
9.0
Control Bar 
 
8.0
Depower 
 
9.0
Relaunch 
 
10.0
Reviewed by Pedro Silva    January 08, 2013

O kite mais versátil

Esse é o kite mais vendido e versátil em Pernambuco/Brasil. O kite tem um ótimo desempenho tanto pra race quanto pra freeride. Também é ótimo para downwind e um range de vento ótimo. O tamanho 11m pode ser usado a partir de 12 até uns 25knots. Esse kite tem a recomendação do KitesurfPE.

Details

Suited Styles
  • Wave
  • Freestyle
  • Wakestyle
  • Freeride
  • Race
  • Light Wind
Sizes used
11m
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Cabrinha Switchblade (2013) 2012-08-24 08:03:25 W
Overall rating 
 
9.0
Performance 
 
9.0
Build Quality 
 
9.0
Control Bar 
 
9.0
Depower 
 
9.0
Relaunch 
 
9.0
Reviewed by W    August 24, 2012

7m Switch

I demoed the 7m 2013 in crazy wa fronts yesterday, first session was 16-22 knots and massive bombing waves at leighton. Kite has about 10% better low end than my 2012 vegas sooo.. not alot really for a delta. Twin tip was a struggle in these winds and not much enjoyment was had. Wake style setting gives alot better bar feel and a minuscule less depower so i would deff be riding that day to day because the bar pressure on this thing in freeride mode is non existent! unhooked is where the power is at and it felt a little dangerous with onshore gusty winds even under powered so i cant really comment for how well it performs unhooked.

That being said once on a strappless surf board i was in having fun again, kite is fast but not too fast like the vegas at times and has plenty of feel and stability to ride it down the lines and catch it in time to pull you out.

2nd session was 22-40 knots :) at woodies and yeehah kite has awesome hangtime and again a good bar feel to create some awesome boosts (i was only riding in wakestyle mode from then on) got back on a strapless again as there where some little crests rolling in and i can not really fault it while carving or catching waves. Compared to a rebel it still has a lighter bar which works as when gusts come through you arnt pulled forwards to much before sheeting. Never droped it, it never stalled or did anything unexpected.

and then the 45 knot gust came through, two 8m rebels popped on the beach and all the 7m just fully depowered and kept it at 12.. this was nothing like i had experianced before in terms of wind power and the switchy rode it though in the air alonside a 7m fuse feeling safe the whole time. The kite looks really well presented and some of the best designs i have seen on a kite, not a whole lot of dacron on the wind tips though, everything seems to be built light.

the bar is actually not as ugly as release pictures may indicate and i never had a problem with the rubber casing over the depower lines after riding north kites for ages. The lines are stand out.. like sombody mentioned they are covered in a wax and just feel incredibaly strong and durable. The bridle and pullys are kindof oldschool but i was told the setup is proven and lasts with minimal maintainence.

in short it flies alot like the fuse but feels a little lighter in the air and less snappy however maybe less bottom end. The kite is desinged to unhook even though i didnt have an oppurtunity to capitalise on this that session so i guess you could say its like a Fuse + with a dorky looking control bar, better lines but not as well built (tough) canopy.

Details

Suited Styles
  • Freestyle
  • Wakestyle
  • Freeride
Sizes used
7m
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