alford wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:00 am
Great review, any updates on this lovethepirk? Did you solve the lean issue, how about TT riding? Thanks!
I sent the kite back to Switch due to lean to the left when hydrofoiling and more importantly jumping right foot forward. I have a race foil and ride fast and jump alot tho. I'm probably putting 18-24knots of wind over the kite typically even in 12knots of wind....The report back from them was a twisted bladder...Tested it on 3 bars, 2 of which I reversed all the lines on. Switch was good to me and honored their guarantee as a replacement or money back. My only advice to them is begin the start date for their money back as the date the user gets the kite vs the ship date. As is, their fine print states you have 30 days to return the kite based on their shipping date. This means you may only have 7-10 days to test the kite. If I didn't hydrofoil, I still wouldn't have tested the kite.
The kite is solid, it does not distort under extreme loops and I am 95kg/205lbs. The leading edge and struts are smaller in diameter than my 17m Contra, but the kite pulls me outta the water nicely. Speed wise it is what you expect out of a 16m, it isn't fast or slow if you have flown big kites. It was fast enough to traverse the window enough times hydrofoiling in 10knots to get going on a small race foil tho which is my biggest concern....I have a 15m foil kite that is too slow to foil in light wind bc it is just too slow for the low end.
Although I did not fly the kite with a TT, I would suspect you get a decent low end with it, nothing spectacular, but nice. Probably a little better high end when you have speed if you happen to fly on flatter water. I'd love to fly the kite with my 160cm TT and see how she goes, I think she'd love that setup.
I can ONLY comment on relaunch in sub par conditions....we are talking 10knots with mild gusts....she will not want to relaunch unless you work her onto her trailing edge and yank the hell outta the center lines. If you are foiling you need your board with you so you can push against the board a little with at least your hand to give you that little extra tension before you try to pull those lines. The kite also will also hindenburg if you put her at 12 and push the bar out, OR if you have the kite somewhat deeper in the window than 12 and abrupty push the bar out. I tested this on a sand bar bc if happend to me when I didn't transition perfectly on the hydrofoil and got hindenburgs that I have never gotten EVER on my Contra even in light winds. I will say as long as you learn the kite and understand this going in the kite does go upwind and goes faster than my Contra. I was VERY impressed with some of my angles getting back after going way downwind on the foil in light wind.
I hope that helps. I'll let you know if I pull the trigger on a new 16m an a 12m nitro as I am eyeballing that to replace my 12m switchblade, I just really need to demo kite at this point. Yo Dimitri...I need to demo that 12m screamer in Naples.