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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2013
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: Bow
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Switchblade is the kite where high performance and ease of use collide

Designers goals

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.

Features

  • Modernized design
  • 5 strut
  • Dynamic arc
  • Improved turning speed
  • Improved Relaunch
  • Stable and Direct Feel
  • Park and ride stability
  • Light bar pressure
  • High hang time
  • Works in a wide range of conditions

Colorways

Colors Cabrinha Switchblade 2013

Bar Quick Link

You will not find a more ergonomic control system, with more built in features than the QuickLink Control System with IDS. QuickLink is simply the cleanest control device on the market today. QuickLink is the first control system on the market to internalize all of the lines, swivels, and quick releases so that the rider has an uncluttered and seamless device to control the kite. With over 14 important functions thoughtfully integrated into the control system, QuickLink works with your body’s intuitive movements for easy and efficient operation.The QuickLink control system utilizes our exclusive IDS security system with three stages of depower.

Features

  • Ids intelleigent depower system
  • Ergonomic design
  • Internal swivel
  • Recoil
  • Spinning leash
  • Floating barends
  • Removable security pin
  • Line manager tool

Switchblade Video

Promo

Kite technology

Bar Video

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2013
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m, 16m
Type: Bow
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Bar length: 42cm-48cm-55cm-65cm
Line length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Switchblade 2013 07m
Name:
Cat F 
Weight:
53 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
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UnstableStable
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 14.12.2013 at 14:39 hour
Comments:
i like the switchblade as they are an easy to use kite.The 2013 7m is less powerful than previous years. we also have 9m and 12m from 2011 and 2012 and they are more powerful in comparison.
 
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Cabrinha Switchblade 2013 10m
Name:
Joergen Bergstroem 
Weight:
85 kg 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
30 
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 12.02.2013 at 17:51 hour
Comments:
Kite extensively tested during 4 weeks of riding, waves, chop and flatwater in Brazil. Kiter of intermediate level. Tested sizes (7m2 and 10m2)

This is a kite for everyone except maybe pro freestylers, absolute loopfreaks and probably waveriders. The mentioned categories of riders will find better and faster kites. You can loop and go into the waves, no worries. In fact many love the kite for it's qualities here. I can't count myself into this group though.

Beginners will love how foregiving it is, the kite will do just what you expect it to do and it does so in a pace which still let's you correct your mistakes. Pro wakestylers already know why they own this kite - park, ride and pop. Oldschoolers will have always loved the lift and hangtime (although I've been told both are not at the level of old SB's). All riders will love the amazing windrange which really only a bowkite can offer.

For me personally it's the perfect quiver to progress with. It let's me go bigger with more control than I could with previous kites owned or tested (F-One Bandits, North Evo, North Vegas, Core GTS, Core XR, Cabrinha Nomad and Ozone C4's).

All in all - for anyone looking to progress beyond beginner/intermediate state and not worry about whether it's you or the kite that's doing something wrong whilst doing so - this is great choice. For anyone into wakestyle riding - there are very few kites out there that offers this pull and pop for unhooked moves.

Specifically about the sizes: I flew the 7m2 with a barsize bigger than recommended by Cabrinha. Made it more responsive and was an absolute dream. The 10 in my opinion could also have done with a bigger bar for some added response and steering. I'm going to try flying it with the bigger bar asap, for Brazil I had none. Just something to keep in mind.

(I have no affiliation whatsoever to Cabrinha) 
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20.02.2013 at 14:18 hour Gerhard Steinmann
Great review! Thanks.
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