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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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High performance freeride kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

There is only one kite which has embodied the true spirit of kiteboarding for the last 8 years for its spot-on performance in such a wide range of conditions. The Switchblade humbly takes the title of the highest performance kite with the easiest handling. But we are not about to rest on our laurels. In 2014 the Switchblade gets an upgrade in handling with an all new bridling that provides an even more direct and precise steering. Changes in outline and profile ensure that the 2014 Switchblade delivers power on the low end and precise handling and control on the top end.

  • Park and Ride Stability
  • Consistent Power Without Working the Kite
  • Light Bar Pressure - Featherweight Control
  • Huge Boosting and Mega Hang Time - Put it Up There and Keep it There
  • Moderate Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - More Power and More Aerodynamic Efficiency
  • Easy Relaunch

Usability

Kite characteristics cabrinha switchblade 2014

Windrange

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Bar

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Movie bar

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m
Bar length: 49cm-57cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 3 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Switchblade 2014 12m
Name:
Maurizio 
Weight:
80kg 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 13 knots up to 18
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
boost
 
SoftStrong
durability
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
drift
 
HardSoft
lift
 
GradualExplosive
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
price quality
 
PoorGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 17.06.2017 at 02:15 hour
Comments:
Riponevo alte aspettative da questo kite ma non sono rimasto soddisfatto.
con circa 10/12 nodi i miei amici con le rebel e le evo delle stesse dimensioni andavano mentre la mia switchblade stava in aria per miracolo e nei leggeri buchi di vento tendeva a stallare.
Sotto raffica strappa inizialmente anche se poi sventa bene.
Forte pressione sulla barra che da l'impressione di essere sovrainvelati, bolina da paura ma ci si stanca per la forte pressione che genera.
Buona altezza nei salti ma tende a stallare.
Ricordo che il test è soggettivo e non tutti possono condividere il mio commento ma vi assicuro che sono felicissimo di averla venduta. 
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Cabrinha Switchblade 2014 12m
Name:
Jörgen Bergström 
Weight:
88kg 
Riding style:
allround, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 08.08.2014 at 17:34 hour
Comments:
Unfortunately not used as much as I would have like to yet, but enough for a first opinion.
All that was good about the Switchblade 2013 still is in 2014. It's just slightly faster and has better lowend. It's just the perfect allround kite for people who don't have the ambition of going freestyle pro. I know some people still find it slow, I call that predictable. Lowend is AWESOME. I was out on my 12 when other kiters (lighter by weight and with bigger boards) were struggling with their 15m2.
I buy Cabrinhas for their quality and ease to resell - honestly, just look how many old Crossbows you still find on beaches all over the world. You know these kites deliver mileage!  
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Cabrinha Switchblade 2014 09m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 26.05.2014 at 21:45 hour
Comments:
Always good to test kite series who are tuned for many years. Cabrinha has always a soft touch in its kites. I came from the Best TS both all rounders, but a different feel. The Switchblade feels soft, gradual in its power building, long depower stroke, tip turns and lots of feedback. The Switchblade has a big wind window so it's easy to ride upwind. The lift is gradual, with the right timing you will feel the big air possibilities. Key characteristic in the Switchblade is the soft and controllable powerbuilding, long depower stroke and the gradual & long pulling lifts. 
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