2016 Cabrinha Switchblade Kite Only

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2016 Cabrinha Switchblade Kite Only Info


As the 2016 Cabrinha Switchblade enters its 11th year it embodies all the trial and error necessary to make a truly great product. In the Switchblade's case the result is the industry's first choice for a high performance all around kite.

This year Cabrinha still try to push for even higher performance but at no cost of the kite's low end power or compromising the traditional Switchblade feel. For 2016 the big improvements are the incorporation of Pure Profile Panels and the significance the A-B settings on the wingtips affect the flying characteristics. The addition of profile tweaking and Pure Profile Panels allows the kite to have a smoother more aerodynamic shape in flight and has optimized the low end power.

Although the A-B settings aren't anything new to anyone who has owned previous Cabrinha kites, this year they have really been engineered to give the user essentially 2 kites in one. This way the user can pick how they want their Switchblade without having to make any compromises. On the "B" setting you will have the more traditional switchblade feel and more low end power while the "A" setting gives lighter pressure and according to Pete Cabrinha a "more frisky kite". Make sure to try out both settings during a session because Damien Leroy himself says he used to always ride on the "B" setting but has been really liking this years kite on the "A"

2016 Features & Benefits: 

  • Ultimate performance in the widest range of
  • conditions and variety of riding styles 
  • Smooth power delivery 
  • Predictable handling 
  • Great upwind performance 
  • Ridiculously high hang times 
  • Distinctly sharp and precise turns 
  • Easy relaunch 

2016 Kite Tech

Since the natural shape of a kite in flight is a smooth arc Cabrinha have made the segmented sections of the kite more aerodynamic by cutting each canopy panel in half at the center section providing the ultimate curvature contol. When a kite is clean and smooth it will be faster through the sky giving you a broader range of performance. 


A dynamic arc allows the kite to have two distinct arc shapes, one optimized to keep the kite's intended shape while in flight and the other for when the kite is resting on the water waiting to be relaunched. While on the water the dynamic arc opens the span of the kite and orients the wingtips in a position to allow a super quick relaunch.


All Cabrinha kites are designed and built on a skeletal frame foundation. Skeletal frame technology allows us to make a lighter more durable kite by strategically placing the reinforcement weight materials into a framework that surrounds the lighter weight canopy 


Developed specifically for kitesurfing. Highly durable and low stretch in warp and weft. Excellent recovery on the bias. All Cabrinha kites are 100% 2DR Double Ripstop.


The 1X is not a depower system, it is a full blown shut down system. The 1X relies on only one line to immediately shut down the power of the kite whether it be on land or water in all wind conditions. 


 Allows you to quickly adjust the power level of your kite by the use of each rear line “pig tail” connector. Each rear line has three power positions: the middle being the factory recommended position, the knot closest to the kite giving more power, and the knot furthest from the kite which will give the least amount of power.

 


The Sprint Inflation System with Airlock is the fastest and easiest way to pump up your kite. The large one-way Airlock valve quickly feeds air into all of the struts from a single location. The Airlock connection to the Sprint pump now requires no special adapters. When the session is over, the entire kite will deflate in seconds thanks to the Airlock valve’s large dump feature.


This season the position of the A & B settings have been updated and completely change the way a kite flies. These options allow you to customize the feedback and bar pressure, adjust where the kite sits in the window, and balance the power/ de-power range of the kite.

A = The lightest bar pressure and lightest steering initiation. 
B = Much more feedback, more bar pressure, shortened depower, and more steering impulse to know where the kite is.

Reviews


Overall Rating
5(5 reviews)

Dylan
5 of 5
10/21/2017
What can you say about the Cabrinha Switch Blade. Its a great all around kite. and now that the newer models are out, the discounts on these older models are amazing. I picked a few up last month and happy with the crispy kites, even if they are a few season behind. The SB was always on top of its game, no matter what year

Jeremy
5 of 5
06/22/2016
It has been another year and the Cabrinha Switchblade is still the best all around kite! Doesn’t matter if you are a pro or a beginner this kite does everything. This kite has the best range, durability and water relaunch of any kite on the market. The switchblade has lots of feeling in the bar so it is easy to control and feel at all times. The sprint inflation and safety release is the best on the market. This kite is guaranteed to deliver a great kiteboarding experience! Go for it!

Blaine
5 of 5
01/21/2016
I bought several kites and equipment from Ray, Chip and Jeremy and they always treated me more than fair.

Corbin
5 of 5
12/07/2015
What a great kite! From the second I took it out of the bag it just screams quality. I just went out on my first session on the 10 meter. This is my new favorite kite! I have rode Cabrinha for a long time and this is the best kite and bar setup I have ever purchased. Well done. I would highly recommend this kite if you want to have the biggest jumps and best sessions. I also purchased the 2016 Overdrive bar, every time I needed to de-power the straps was only inches away.

Kyle
5 of 5
10/20/2015
I rode this kite in a 7 meter yesterday, the wind was gusting from 20-30+. I loved it, what an amazing kite. In the lulls I worked it hard to stay upwind, but the kite turns so fast I was able to generate a lot of power and able to stay out of the way of the big 8+ foot waves in Jupiter. I boosted a couple huge jumps and came down clean and powered. I love this kite by far my favorite size and kite. The bar was the overdrive, I liked it it is so simple and clean. Yesterdays Session was a 10 out of 10. I love this kite, I have it in 7m,10m and 12m. I was riding my Small Crazily Fly and staying lit all day.
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