Yeah, I'm sure they do some minor adjustments but it is pretty disappointing to just buy other designs after all the awesome Bill Hansen designs. I'm yet to see any non-Hansen Switch kites at my local.
The spider bridle was Hansen's, so logical it's gone.
I had the N-5 14M & 7M & all the spider bridal did was prevent wing tip wrap which was an issue on the N-4. It was a heavy beast that didn't offer up anything fun until it got into its upper 1/3rd of it's wind range. It was pretty much bullet proof though. I didn't try the N-6 even though they claimed weight reduction(I'd already bought a FS Boost 2). It seemed like most of the earlier Switch kites were built for durability & performance ran a distant 2nd. At least the type of riding I do - that was my feel for the E3's & 5's; as well as the N4's & 5's. Every rider seeks different parameters in what they like the kite to do & feel like under their own experiences.
Maybe Bill isn't the designer, maybe Switch is doing a copy/paste design on other kites....that being said - I've enjoyed the way the He-2's have performed to the E-5's. I've enjoyed the E-6's as they seem to fly really similarly to the SS Rally's which I liked, so ultimately what matters with the new N-7 to me is how the thing flies, boosts, performs in the lower 1/2 of its wind range, how it handles gusts, & overall wind range of the kite. I like to stick with businesses who give great customer service after you buy & Switch has totally delivered in that respect....as well as good pricing.
So - ultimately hoping to hear some feedback & comparisons to kites like Ozne Edge or FS Boost 2 or SS Turbine, from folks who've actually ridden them? Hopefully a few are getting out there in rider hands. Normal riders - that is. Marc could probably take a bedsheet & twine & boost it higher than most of us.