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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby Osprey1 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:59 pm

Cool. Can’t wait to try one.

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby galewarning » Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:41 pm

Anyone think this is part of the Element6 bloodline?
https://ikon-kiteboarding.com/product/peak-3/

And in the smaller E6 one-strut sizes...
https://ikon-kiteboarding.com/product/peak-3xs/

Maybe Switch will derive a version of Ikon's Empire foil kite... [edit: URL added]
https://ikon-kiteboarding.com/product/empire-1/

-Barry
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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby mr_daruman » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:44 am

Used all my switch points from the amazing Element 5 > for one new E6.
Riding 10 years+ well see how drastic the changes are. As a surfkite.
Just looking at it , seems like a great school kite you'd see in Tariffa or Flag beach....6 pulleys, 5 struts...
I have the highest respect for Felix, but a pro can look good even riding a table with 15 year old kite.
All Element 5s are sold out. Interesting.

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby POACHER » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:15 am

6 pulleys?!

WTFF really?

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby topmick » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:01 am

The Helium 3 is coming out soon ... I'm hoping the smaller sizes might make a good light wind wave kite.

Hopefully it remains a 3 strut / no pulley kite.

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby Bletti » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:51 am

I have a 4m one strut switch element coming. Felix reckons 4m is the money size for non low wind foiling. I'm not keen on pulleys but I'm hoping for the best. A few friends I know foil with the ikon peak 3xs and like it so I'm not too concerned. Especially when paying around 500 usd for the kite new. :)

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby topmick » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:27 am

Tbh, the customer service is what keeps me on Switch kites...I had a major issue with my well used, over 1 year old E5.

Switch sent me a new 10m E5 :D

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby Faxie » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:34 pm

topmick wrote: Tbh, the customer service is what keeps me on Switch kites...I had a major issue with my well used, over 1 year old E5.

Switch sent me a new 10m E5 :D
True that. Can't beat their costumer service :thumb:
Bletti wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:51 am
I have a 4m one strut switch element coming. Felix reckons 4m is the money size for non low wind foiling. I'm not keen on pulleys but I'm hoping for the best. A few friends I know foil with the ikon peak 3xs and like it so I'm not too concerned. Especially when paying around 500 usd for the kite new. :)
Could you do a back-to-back comparison of the Switch and Ikon? There'll probably be some tiny differences because Switch uses different canopy and some other construction details (though performance wise not so relevant I think, like the LE-canopy attachment for instance), but I wonder how much...

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby marlboroughman » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:56 pm

If you want a jumping, looping machine, accessible to anyone - get a Nitro6
If you want an onshore wave machine - look for used E5 or the last Ozone Catalyst before pussyfication year.
If you confused, wandering aimlessly, don't know if you coming or going, you like to teach yourself and you don't take anybody's advice - knock yourself off and get a delta and do some rollovers, over and over again.

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Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

Postby alford » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:06 am

Honestly I almost pulled the trigger on an E5 at least a couple times and know it was a well received kite but I don't recall this unabashed praise I'm now seeing for it now, now that it's gone and the E6 is here.


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