I just wanted to add my 2 cents, again. Full disclosure: I am a team rider. And a 52 year old intermediate to advanced kiter with a limited quiver of tricks.
I envy the young guys that can take a beating learning the amazing moves we see on the internet. I am beyond that age. I like to boost, and my goal is have a quiver full of boosting kites. Durability is important to me as well since I'm rather quick about packdown and don't carry a sand brush ever. I like to roll 'em up quick, stuff 'em in the bag, and go home to my family. I like a simply bar layout with a simply above the bar depower. I have owned and don't like the springs, straps, sliders that some brands use for above-the-bar trimming. I've owned below the bar systems and don't like them. My opinion, mind you.
I like light bar pressure. I've had heavier bar pressure kites and got rid of them for that reason.
About Switch kites: Everyone has bias. It's human nature. If you spent a lot on your quiver, you are naturally going to be suspect of a less expensive alternative. It you just bought a new kite of any brand, you are going to be inclined to overlook any immediate perceived negative characteristics.
This forum gives all of us an opportunity to share our opinion, biased or otherwise.
A few pages back in this thread, someone was bashing the flight characteristics of the Nitro 3. Opinions matter. Many of us can see through opinion and glean some facts that help us in our buying decisions.
My problem with some individuals is dishonesty.
In my case, somehow through the intersection of luck and persistence, I was able to be the first person in North America to receive a Nitro 3. I think I just bugged the guys at Switch so much they finally decided to ship the first one to me.
Well, no sooner did I receive my kite, when someone was posting about some negative flight characteristics of the Nitro 3.
Hello, but no one could truthfully make that post because I had the only one and it was still in plastic waiting for wind.
As for my personal bias, I did a performance review, relative to my riding style, on the 16m N3, the 12m N2, and the 8m N2, on this very thread. You will find that I am not overly gushing in my commentary and have reserved final opinion until further riding can be done.
I will say that I see quite a few Pros and top rated riders in my home spot. Billy Parker, Alex Fox, Sam Light, Drew Christianson, even Dimitri was in town last week.
And when the wind is really cranking, these guys really display to us mortals what kind of skills they possess. But other than that limited list of riders, the rest of us ham 'n eggers really can't make our kites, of any brand, come close to doing what those guys can do. So that said, we can split hairs over this or that kite company, but in the end, we will all have our biases, and will justify our choices to suit our individual opinions.
I'd only like to see each of us just be honest about it.
And to offer some Switch Kite criticism, I do in fact have one issue: Since I pretty much roll my kite into a heap during packdown, I prefer a bag that is either a full duffel bag, like Ozone, or a fully unzippable front flap, like Cabrinha. The Switch bag front flap only unzips 3/4 of the way. It does have the expansion zip which makes for larger volume in the bag, which is good. But a fully openable front flap would be helpful for me to get my not-so-neatly-rolled kite into the bag easier. So there. Honest.