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alford
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Switch Helium 3

Postby alford » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:51 pm

Has anyone tried the Helium 3 in bigger sizes like 16m or 18m?

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Re: Switch Helium 3

Postby _Jakobie » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:04 pm

In got the H3 in 16m to use on my 140x43 brunotti youri zoon 2017 TT.. From around 10kn with weight 95kg.

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Re: Switch Helium 3

Postby alford » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:43 am

And? Oh that's right, you're a sponsered rider.
Anyone with an actual no-strings-attached review? (no pun intended)

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Re: Switch Helium 3

Postby Rojbrown » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:59 am

I have a 16m H3 and can only comment on 1 session so far. Had marginal wind to launch(8mph) and am learning to foil. Once up on the board it quickly brought me up on the foil. With apparent wind generated it gave a nice increasing pull which allowed me to park it and ride. In other words it gave me a great session! The bar pressure was medium to light. Turning I can’t comment on as I’m still “butt jibing” but it gave a strong rapid loop to start. I’ve had many (too many)large kites in my 9 yrs of kiting. This is the best so far understanding its based on one session and I may be bias as I want to think I made the right choice

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Re: Switch Helium 3

Postby Brody » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:48 am

Haven't been on this forum for ages but when I saw the Helium 3 post it conjured up very pleasant memories of our recent trip to Cocos Keeling islands where I had my first ride on the 18m Helium 3. Only had a 2-3 hour session on the kite and its the first 18m kite I've owned in more than 10 years since owning a 18m Naish X2. I used to fly Naish, Best and then tried the Switch Nitro3 about 4 seasons ago. I've been flying the Nitro 3 12m and 8m the past few years, recently bought a used 10m Nitro 5 and also bought the 18M Helium 3 out of the box to ensure that I could kite each day at Cocos should the wind drop below 15knts. (only did that 1 morning out of the 7 days)

I'm not really into low wind kiting but I was not going to visit a kitesurfing paradise and sit on the beach. The dominant kite at Cocos would be North and average size 9-12m2

Anyway, the Helium material feels a lot thinner than the Nitros, it does not have all the scuff protection of the Nitros and pack up almost the same size as the 10m Nitro 5. Still broke my back to pump-up the bloody thing. Same single pump system as the Nitros and yet to see how long it will last. Both my 8 and 12 Nitro 3s developed a leak in a strut where the strut delaminated at the bladder connection after 4 seasons. One of the 12m bridle attachments where its sewn into the main bladder has become very frayed as well but besides that the kites so far have given me no issues. The kites are still better than me and a different kite is not going to make me a better rider anyway...its mostly in my mind (mental block) to try new stuff and crash and burn...and not the kite.

Only had a morning session in 15-18 knots and had the kite 50% depowered on the bar, me, after a hearty breakfast coming in at 102 KG and on a 140X40 BOARD...still pulled like a truck. Impressions that came to mind as I launched and started kiting were thoughts like solid, light, spongy...and it flies fairly different from the Nitros. Bar pressure was really light, surprisingly so when only using a 45cm bar. The kite just sat in the window and the canopy was totally solid. Nice floaty jumps...especially in time between take off and landing, spotting me at least 1 additional second to do what I have to do. Did a few kiteloops and she turned quick enough for such a big kite.

Reckon if the kite is fully powered I should get away with 12kts, anything less and i'll rather go surfing anyway.

Honestly enjoyed the kite and stoked that I did not waste my money. It ticks all the boxes in what I look for in a kite...Medium Bar pressure, responsive, no flapping, must not be jerky in gusts, must provide float when jumping and sit fairly up in the window

Below our Cocos trip, the Helium is close to the end.
https://youtu.be/ESve1a5tCAc

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Re: Switch Helium 3

Postby _Jakobie » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:57 pm

alford wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:43 am
And? Oh that's right, you're a sponsered rider.
Anyone with an actual no-strings-attached review? (no pun intended)
Relax... :cry:
You can always go to the review tab at the Helium site..

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Re: Switch Helium 3

Postby SimonP » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:50 pm

alford wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:51 pm
Has anyone tried the Helium 3 in bigger sizes like 16m or 18m?
I haven't tried the bigger ones but it looks as if you can do freestyle on them: https://www.facebook.com/SwitchKites/vi ... 545877573/


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