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2024 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

Size Tested: 9 m

Synopsis

The Cabrinha Switchblade 2024 edition continues the kite’s legacy as a high-performance model in the kiteboarding industry, introducing significant material and design upgrades. This version stands out for its enhanced lightness and responsiveness, setting a new benchmark for the model’s already prestigious reputation.

2024 Cabrinha Switchblade Review – Kitesurfing Magazine / Dave Marshall photo

Likes

The 2024 Switchblade is noted for its surprisingly light feel and more reactive steering compared to its predecessors, making it an ideal choice for kiters looking for dynamic performance. The kite delivers exceptional boost and hangtime, reacting quickly to steering inputs and offering fast recovery from big air maneuvers.  The five strut kites like the Switchblade can be driven with more power and speed than most three strut kites with their more supported canopy structure. The Switchblade offers great driving speed and combines with smooth pull through turns. The control and precision of flight and looping ability is a standout feature, aiding in softening landings and providing lightning-fast reactivity to steering inputs. This makes it not only a pleasure to fly but also ensures stability and control across the top of the wind window. The introduction of HTD Lite materials and Integrated Structural Canopy (ISC) technology contributes to the kite’s reduced weight while enhancing its longevity and steering speed. The Switchblade maintains its predictable and stable nature but with a new level of playfulness and lighter control response that will be admired by its dedicated users. 

Cabrinha Switchblade 2024 – 9 meter Review – Kitesurfing magazine / Dave Marshall photo

Drawbacks

While the Cabrinha Switchblade 2024 is designed to elevate the riding experience for most kiteboarders, its advanced features and responsiveness might present a learning curve for absolute beginners. However, this aspect does not diminish its overall appeal but rather highlights its suitability for progressing riders and experts.

Users

The Cabrinha Switchblade 2024 is perfect for intermediate to advanced kiteboarders seeking a versatile, high-performance kite that excels in a wide range of conditions. Its improvements make it suitable for those looking to push their limits in big air, freeride, or even wave riding, thanks to its enhanced control and responsiveness. Whether you’re aiming to improve your jumps, make smoother landings, or just enjoy a playful session on the water, the Switchblade 2024 is designed to meet and exceed diverse riding demands.

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