After a switchy to replace my 2012 12m have the opportunity to buy a as new 2013 sb 12m for $1100 or a 2014 as new for $1700 . My question is , is it worth forking out the extra $600 for a kite with similar characteristics , an increased bottom end little bit lighter bar pressure etc . I already have a 17m Core for the light stuff and a sb 2012 10m . Would be happy to hear from some people who have tried both , thanks
There is defiantly a difference in the 2013 vs the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade. The 2013 model has less bar pressure, faster turning speed and less low end grunt than the 2014(and the 2012). The 2014 model is more like your 2012, excellent low end, slightly higher bar pressure and a more typical SB turning speed. The biggest complaint about the 2013 SB from our customers was that it just did not feel the same as there previous models (SB's). The 2014 is great kite IMO, but obviously its very expensive.
The new bar is very nice. Single line safety, adjustability on the fly.
If you can afford the price increase, for you having previous SB experience and owning a 10m 2012 I would be leaning toward the 2014 model.