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The kite that spawned the freeride revolution of kitesurfing and opened up the doors to many new kiters worldwide moves into its 16th year and the next step of evolution to this incredibly versatile design.
The introduction of the Hybrid Frame and HTD Lite materials has increased the range of one of the most adaptable kites in the industry and its performance. Through the lighter frame and strategically placed materials, the kite is now quicker to respond to rider input, allowing for increased manoeuvrability in lighter winds and control and responsiveness in higher winds.
The new direct bridle, with its low-drag materials, also helps move this kite into an all-new realm of performance.
5 Strut, Hybrid design, Fusion wing tip shape, Draft forward profile
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The benchmark in durability, stability and responsiveness.
An all-new redesigned and balanced bridle with no pulleys gives a lighter feeling, faster turning, and a more responsive kite, allowing for a wider range of users and control for jumping.
The most versatile kite in the industry allows for use in the broadest range of conditions and a variety of riding styles.
The 5-strut stable platform allows for stability in higher winds, and the wide arc allows for increased glide.
The unique profile of the canopy allows for effortless upwind performance.
More sweep allows for not only the increased range but also easy relaunch, especially in lighter winds.
"Confidence. Thats the first feeling I get when flying a Switchblade in any sort of conditions. Pat Goodman has put his finest work into this new design, pulleyless, supercharged switchblade. From light wind, to gusty and gnarly conditions, I always feel in control and able to commit to whatever discipline I’m into, from freestyle, to looping or riding a surfboard, its the one kite I can fly eyes closed and always know where it is and how it is going to react." – Alby Rondina
The next evolutionary jump in inflatable structures is HTD Lite. We took the benefits of the proven HTD material, which has superior elongation control and combined it with a superior reflex bias recovery and lighter-weight construction to elevate the response characteristics and range of the kite.
The perfect fusion of materials. A combination of High Tenacity Dacron (HTD) & HTD Lite blends together giving the kite the support it needs, but with increased response.
Specifically designed for inflated kite structures. The construction of this material is very warp-oriented using ultra-high tenacity yarns with an increased thread count to combat elongation under high inflation pressures. Lower elongation makes for a more accurate kite/wing with a more efficient and accurate airfoil in flight.
The Frame is the basis on which a kite is built. Utilizing a fusion of the two HTD materials as well as a reduced weight throughout the trailing edge, the Hybrid Frame provides the response and durability needed to take your kiting to an all-new level.
The new Sprint 3.0 inflation system increases air flow from the leading edge to the strut. The new straight and angled valves allow for the inflation tube no kinking. Its secure fit design also allows for easy maintenance.
Bulletproof bumpers - These new Durable TPU bumpers are strong, lightweight and durable. They crossover protecting the canopy to LE sewing. A new manufacturing process helps with abrasion when the kite is resting on a hard surface.