Haha Yes Switchblade, or Cabrinha in general I have been disappointed 3 out of 4 years. 2012 Swichblade was fine but did nothing really "well" 2013 bought a 16m and had the same power as my 2012 14m now bought 2014 14 and 10m and only tired the 14, but had slower steering than my Ozone Edge 17m on the widest setting on the bar, jumps average, upwind pretty OK and lo end same as 2012. I did a back to back test with my edge 17 and it did everything better than the SW 14. I bought the SB for more wave surfboard type stuff, but now think my Edge would do much better. I'm selling them if you know anyone who wants.Eurus wrote:Not sure which kite(s) you are referring to but the ones I have been buying over the years have actually improved. The only one I know about recently that I heard a lot of kiters complaining about was the Cabrinha Switchblade. A lot of kiters said when they switched from the 2012 to the 2013 SB a lot of them hated the kite and said Cabrinha screwed up. Then Cabrinha released the 2014 SB and apparently fixed all of the issues kiters had complained about.
I own a couple of 2014 SBs and love them. Didn't own one before the 2014 so I guess I got lucky.
Yup true enough, but they went from too slow to lower power, fine. Now back to Low end is fine bar pressure Hmmmm. and even slower turning than 2012. So feel lost at what they are trying to accomplish. Whatever it is nothing is done well. Upwind=soso Jump=soso Range=soso Bar quick release can't really rest in water, power=Not complaining maybe good. Does fly nice in the air for sure.PVITfrumBYRAM wrote:Dont forget that Cabrinha listened to it's customers. In 2012, many kiters complained the SB was grunty but too slow and could use a bit less bar pressure. So in 2013, they bumped up the speed a bit sacrificing a bit of low end. Now everyone who complained originally probably bought the same size quivers as they had without considering the technical reviews and are displeased with the fact that their 2013s don't pull as hard as their 2012s. Once again Cabrinha listened to their clientele and have attempted to fix issues people saw in the 2013.
Haha. I shouldn't bag it so much as I only had a quick session on the 14. Just weird first impression. Just think after 2 years you would think they would have made all points at least better. Supper slow turning just makes me want to yell MOVE IT! Haha.sarc wrote:Okinawa Kiter I think you should rename the post "I really don't get Cabrinha" - can't blame you. Time to move on. So many other good brands to choose from...
Okinawa Kiter wrote:Haha. I shouldn't bag it so much as I only had a quick session on the 14. Just weird first impression. Just think after 2 years you would think they would have made all points at least better. Supper slow turning just makes me want to yell MOVE IT! Haha.sarc wrote:Okinawa Kiter I think you should rename the post "I really don't get Cabrinha" - can't blame you. Time to move on. So many other good brands to choose from...
BTW How are the other brands doing? I had a 19m Slingshot FUEL about 4 years ago and every bladder needed replacing after a month or so. Epic kites that sat in garage for a season and all the valves came off, my friends North Bladder split down the seam, and looked like it wasn't glued properly. So far Ozone Edge and Flysurfer 12m only impressed me and were better than my expectations. I like more of a free ride kite with great upwind ability, decent lift, but doesn't have to be the best lift, Good low end, and quick turning. Basically I want it all. Hahaha. I have interest in the Epic Screamers but don't know what they are like compared to the EDGE. If better I'm in. Also seems many people using Slingshot now here.
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