With Felix Pivec and Marc Jacobs being your target audience and/or early testers and/or design input team members, it is no wonder the first batch of kite designs are as purpose specific as they are. These are a couple of guys who certainly are nowhere near the middle of any road as far as being anything close to mainstream! Felix's size/weight and style, and years on the water living and riding in his location, in his very "Felix" specific style, surfing strapless and unhooked almost exclusively, he sure is not typical. And Marc being a super powerful young freestyle competitor, with very, very specific needs, puts him in a bit of a different category than 99.9% of the kiting public as well.
If I were the COO of Switch kites, I'm not sure I would have done kite model development in the order they chose to. But I do understand that designers design what they are asked to come up with. I'm glad the Element is impressing your current crew.
Telekiter wrote:Bill - I honestly must say that the Element sounds like the perfect kite for me if the statement of its trades are correct. I'm very close to pull the trigger on a 9 and a 13 (overlap??) to complement my 17 Blade Fat lady. Further I'm pretty shure the missus (60kg, weekend warrior) will like the low bar preasure and the 9 and 13 will be a perfect combo fer with our local conditions. She will certainly not be covered for high winds (>25 knots) but lucky me she does not like to kite in those winds so she can deal with the kids (10 months and 5 years) and I can have it all to myself
we have no Switch kites on our beach but there is some buzzz, any chanse on a special prize for me then Bill
All the best.
Hansen Aerosports wrote:Hi Eree:
I've enjoyed reading your posts. Previously, I've posted all the Switch specs here and more recently, the chordwise profile. Following is a 3D CAD design drawing of the Nitro along with a pic of a proto being tested by one of our development riders who is a 193cm and 115kg Honolulu policeman. I do not see the lowest canopy profile in the industry, perfectly flat water or a sub 80kg tester. Do you?
eree wrote:screwfootsc wrote:Element 11M Review...
My new favorite kite. I am so stoked with this kite I first must say. I had a few solid sessions on this kite. Some key features:
1. Soars upwind...
2. Punchy, solid low end (15-18 mph for 200+ lb guy->me)
3. Turns quick in the surf
4. Super light bar pressure, nothing like the method or nitro
5. Super easy relaunch
6. extremely stable even in punchy gusty winds
This kite performed very well for me in the surf. It is very smooth through the turns and cranks a lot of power. One push out on the bar will kill this kite, which makes it very safe. I dropped it in the water once as it was light inside...it quickly relaunched without any issue, and rolled properly on its side as it should. Almost like a bow...that easy.
I would recommend this kite to any surf kiter and even those freestyle riders who love to boost. I love my nitros and the method, but as of right now, this kite might be surpassing them...Nitro for low end grunt in light wind plagued areas...element for the 15+ days if you want a multi-purpose kite. That's it! It just works insane!
As felix says above, don't get fixated on the number on the kite, this 11M is a good central kite. I have a 14M Nitro, 11M Element, 9M element soon, and my 7 M method. Thinking of switching to a Element quiver! GET SOME!
As always, the kites are built as good or better than ANY kite on the market. THe bags are also improved tremendously with super duty zippers...Switch keeps amazing me at their dedication. No BS, just straight solid equipment....Cheers
i'm ok with the moderate advertizing, but i hate lies.
it is just two options: you are lying or you consider everyone who read it stupid.
there is no such thing with the nitros as low end grunt! its canopy profile is probably lowest in industry.
in fact, i think switch has to add the disclaimer about the windrange with every kite sold. it certainly has to explain the conditions for which it designed: perfectly flat water and rider's weight under 80kg.
i live in the northern europe. i'm 185cm tall, 107kg. everywhere i go - city streets, mall or beach i see guys sized like me or bigger. under the 80kg are mostly women and teenagers.
if switch makes kites for the liteweight riders only it has to warn about it publicly on its website!
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