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THE NEW GENERATION

SWITCHBLADE

SWITCHBLADE

PERFORMANCE FREERIDE
SKU: K4KOSWTCH-005001

The longest running and most successful kite in the industry is back for it’s 17th year, and what a year it is.

The kite that spawned not only a style of riding but also a whole generation of kiters has evolved into the highest performing Switchblade to date.

Taking the known Switchblade DNA, the creatives in the Design Works team have evolved this 5 strut design through use of new technologies, construction techniques and internal adjustments, to give a more playful, lighter feeling kite, while still remaining predictable and stable.

This Lite Series kite utilizes the HTD Lite materials which make this the lightest Switchblade to date. Combined with the Integrated Structural Canopy (ISC) we have been able to greatly reduce the weight of the kite while increasing longevity and improving steering speed.

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Key Features

NANO RIPSTOP CANOPY

The benchmark in durability, stability and responsiveness

REFINED SIMPLICITY

A balanced bridle with no pulleys gives a lighter feeling, faster turning and more responsive kite, allowing for a wider range of users and also control for jumping.

ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE

The most versatile kite in the industry allows for use in the widest range of conditions and variety of riding styles.

RIDICULOUSLY HIGH HANG TIMES

The 5 strut stable platform allows for stability in higher winds and the wide arc allows for increased glide.

EXCELLENT UPWIND PERFORMANCE

The unique profile of the canopy allows for effortless upwind performance.

BI-DIRECTION PURE PROFILE PANELS

The smoothest and most 3d correct shape we've ever created allowing the smoothest transition between the segmented leading edge and curved canopy.

SWITCHBLADE DNA

DNA is the genetic chain that defines who or what we are. When redesigning the kite we made sure that one of the DNA stands came from the Switchblade while the other is a new updated twist based on the findings from the Design Works team.

HTD LITE

Refined canopy design to reduce weight, combined with a full HTD Lite Dacron skeleton provides the lightest most reactive kites to date, increasing the range and performance of your product.

NANO RIPSTOP CANOPY

Nano Ripstop is a 55 g/m2 material with a 3mm double rip stop pattern. This micro rip stop material in unison with a newly developed coating, has given us a 2X increase in the canopy’s tear strength. A smaller rip stop pattern increases the amount of “cells” in any given panel.

SPRINT 3.0

The Sprint 3.0 inflation system increases air flow from leading edge to the strut. The new straight and angled valves allow for no kinking of the inflation tube. It's secure fit design also allows for easy maintenance.

BULLET PROOF BUMPERS

These new Durable TPU bumpers are strong, lightweight and durable. They crossover protecting the canopy to LE sewing. A new manufacturing process helps with abrasion when the kite is resting on a hard surface.

EXPANDAPACK KITE BAG

An all NEW stylish expanding backpack allows for fast pack down and comfy transportation of your kite, pump and control system. Easily expands to carry multiple kites in one bag leading to more adventure and less faff!

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Style Selector

FREESTYLE: POP / SLACK / POWER

FREERIDE: DEPOWER RANGE / RELAUNCH / UPWIND ABILITY

BIG AIR: BOOSTING / HANG TIME / KITELOOP

SURF: TURN SPEED / DRIFT / RELAUNCH

FOIL: TURN SPEED / DRIFT / UNDERPOWERED STEERING

"Its hard to change a kite that has done so much for our sport and still keep delivering. But Pat Goodman did it again! I love to still have the crazy low end power and grunt that the Switchblade its famous for, but together with a new very nimble and light feel on the bar. The new canopy design deleted any sort of drag, so you end up with a very stable 5 strut kite that is fast and very direct to fly!" – Alby Rondina

Wind/Weight Chart

Size 5m 6m 7m 8m 9m 10m 11m 12m 14m
Wind Range in Knots (75kg rider) 23-37 20-35 18-32 16-30 13-27 11-25 10-23 9-21 7-19

Weight of Kite (kg) Without Bag

(Tolerances may vary)

2.04 2.34 2.65 2.90 3.11
3.28
3.52 3.79 4.17