The Switchblade Iceblade is one of those things that I wish I had purchased as soon as I started snowkiting. Like the trainer kite which I purchased to share with my friends and family; only after I struggled with a full sized foil during my own lessons. Or the light-wind Splenne that I purchased a year after I struggled with a typical kiteboard. The Switchblade may seem expensive as first thought, but it is so worth it!
There's a reason why you never see a Switchblade Iceblade for sale on the used market, people love them and they last forever.
Not only will a Switchblade extend your winter kiting season in the early part of the winter, before the snow has fallen...but it will also extend your snowkiting season into the Spring as the snow dwindles on land, but the lakes remain solid! But most surprisingly to me, it has proven to be a great asset every time I have stepped onto a lake this winter! Sure, the snow may be bonded to the ice in some places, but it's rarely bonded thoughout the entire riding area....and generally it's spotty throughout. This is why I love my Swithblade! It makes every lake a blast to ride. Faster, safer, and just way more fun! It has completely saved, or greatly improved everyday I've ridden the lakes this year!
I only wish I had purchased one years ago.
Thanks Todd! http://www.mnkiteboy.com