Do you want to take your freestyle riding to the next level? The Combat is an uncompromising freestyle performance kite for the advanced rider and competitor. The Combat kite is not for the faint-hearted.
Average user rating from: 4 user(s)
Switch Combat (2012)2013-01-08 17:31:01LBkites
Reviewed by LBkites January 08, 2013
wonderfoul kite, it's fast, power and technical.
the "momentum" with this kite is the best i have even seen, make hard or new trick is very easy with this kite.
After riding the combat for less than 6 months I can say I'm done with Switch. The Combat is a nice feeling kite and I will continue to fly my 13 but, if anyone wants an 11 hit me up I'll make you a good deal. These kites have had nothing but issues. I've sunk about $200 into repairs after owning my combats for about 6 months and I've moved onto another brand. Been kiting since 2008 and never had issues with any other brand. Flown SlingShot, Flexi, Best, Cabrinha... Maybe Switch will learn how to make a top quality kite but, so far I haven't seen it in the Combat.
Recap of my issues: batten pockets torn out (1st session on 13m), 3-4th on 11m, 11m center strut nearly torn off of the kite, bar is now tearing up on the grip, center line snapped after not showing much wear.
This is a high performance C kite but is still user-friendly enough for the intermediate and above. Really precise handling due to the Carbon battens and five struts. The downsides of this is that it does not compact as tightly as other kites and needs to be flown aggressively when the wind < 10 knots. The depower is far better than CC kites of old and as good as many non-C kites, but the steering will slacken if the kite is depowered. Awesome pop and heaps of slack to pass the bar. I don't personally think the bar pressure is that high, many high performance C kites are more intense.
(Discretion: Review done by Switch Kites team rider)
-Top quality unhooked riding, sitting at the very edge of the window without back-stalling
-Easiest C Kite I've ever relaunched, very comparable to Ozone's C4 (without the bridles)
-Fast turning due to wingtip battens, also a fair amount of bar pressure (you'll always know where the kite is)
On the Water:
The Combat is a serious Kite meant to throw huge passes on, and yet with it's fast loops and unmatched freestyle performance, it's still able to relaunch on a dime. The bar design is very simple and easy to use, and adjustments to fit any size in your quiver. I'm very confident to try new tricks, especially with the below-the-bar flag out system and 5th line set up.
The Combat isn't going to yank you to the moon with those sent jumps, but it will aid you in learning those mobes and slims you've bee dreaming about. Also, old men beware, there is a fair amount of bar pressure when free riding.
The Combat is ideal for intermediate to expert freestyle/wakestyle riders that want to push their limits, and with a price tag almost half the cost of the competing market.