2015 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

The 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade is the latest in a line of fantastic kites produced by Cabrinha. This year, the Switchblade celebrates its 10th anniversary and there is a reason why this model has thrived so long. Its great kite that appeals to all types of rider from freeriders, freestylers to weekend blasters and the 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade is no different.

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

As always, Cabrinha have come up with an excellent looking kite with sharp, attractive graphics. The 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade I was testing was a 12 metre and was in the red colour scheme. Looks great doesn’t it!

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

One of the things the Switchblade has been known for is its power. At the low end, it has a lot more grunt than many other kites while having massive depower to cope with the windy days when you don’t have a smaller kite.

I was testing this at Shiu Hau Wan Beach in Hong Kong where the wind tends to be strongest early in the morning and weakens around lunchtime. When I first flew the kite, I needed to use quite a lot of depower but was comfortable once I had found the right amount of power I wanted.  As the wind dropped, I powered up my kite to suit the wind conditions and was easy to do with the Cabrinha bungee depower.

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

In the air, the turning is smooth, has excellent upwind ability and the kite is stable in the window allowing for easy handling . The turning is also a tiny bit quicker than the 2014 Switchblade but that is just personal opinion. With the kite being so simple to just park and ride, its easy to realise why this kite has had such a wide appeal to all types of kiteboarders.

The boosting is also excellent and very floaty. The kite is easy to jump and gives you good hang time while you are up there.

The relaunch is again very good as it was with all the Switchblade models. While it isn’t the quickest kite out there to relaunch , it still does a very good job.

2015 Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

The Cabrinha Overdrive IX has had some work done to it from its first incarnation in 2014. The main improvement is the new Quickloop release which now allows for a quick release (of course) and a system that allows you to put the loop back together in seconds. The bar, as was the 2014, is extendable from 48cm to 56cm allowing you to use all the kites of all sizes in the Cabrinha range except the Contra. You can also use the 2015 Overdrive bar with any Cabrinha kite going back to the 2009 range.

2015 Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

2015 Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

To summarise, you can’t really go wrong with a Cabrinha Switchblade and the 2015 model is no different. It is excellent in the air with great power and depower while being a kite that is easy to ride making it appeal to all riders. The improvements to the Overdrive bar make it one of the best in the market and it is a slick piece of kit.

If you are interested in a 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade contact us at info@thekiteboardingoutlet.com and if you ask nicely, we might even give you a discount off the retail price. Here is the link to our page.

2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

2014 Cabrinha Switchblade review

The 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade continues the line of excellent all round kites for all types of rider. The Cabrinha Switchblade has always been known for its versatility and is still the flagship kite in the Cabrinha range.

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2014 Cabrinha Switchblade looks great!

My first impression of the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade is how great it looks. This year’s graphics are eye catching and the kite looks great on the ground and in the air. There are 3 colours to choose from and then there is the Siren colour for the ladies.

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This year’s kite has just two pulleys on the bridle down from six which allows for less moving parts and therefore less chance of a pulley failing. This also has the effect of a more direct feel of the kite from the control bar.

The kite itself has lots of power especially at the low end. I was out testing this in relatively light winds in Hong Kong’s Shui Hau Wan beach of approximately 10 to 12 knots and I am 70kg. I was travelling along nicely but had to work the kite a bit when the wind dropped a little. I was very happy with the turning speed when compared with the 2013 Switchblade and is one of the improvements on the previous model.

One of the major changes for the 2014 Cabrinha range is the new Overdrive IX control system. Firstly, Cabrinha have introduced the ability to change the bar length between 49 and 57cm on the fly with the overdrive system. By increasing the length of the bar into ‘Overdrive’ mode, it increases the turning speed of the kite. This also allows you to use one bar for the whole range of kites which in previous years was not possible.

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The Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

Another new feature of the control system is ability to choose which side the kite will flag out on. This is done by connecting the ‘flag out’ line to the side of the kite you want to flag out. The Overdrive IX bar also has a lower V from previous years bars for faster turning speeds and a more direct feel.

One downside of the 2014 Overdrive IX control system is that it is not completely backwards compatible with the previous IDS controlled kites due to the lower V split. According to Cabrinha, changing to a low-V on an IDS system has shown that some models flare slightly from the middle of the kite and flatten the arc shape. Some riders may not notice the difference but is worth considering if you want to use the bar with older kites.

I didn’t get a chance to use anything other than a 12m kite as conditions didn’t permit but all in all, I think the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade follows in the line many excellent predecessors. It is a kite with lots of grunt, easy to fly and can be used for all levels of riding from beginners to advanced. The Switchblade has always been a popular kite and I believe it will continue to be popular with the improvements to the kite and control system.

If you are interested in the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade or any other Cabrinha kite, contact us at info@thekiteboardingoutlet.com and we might even give you a discount!

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2014 Cabrinha kites preview

2014 Cabrinha kites preview

With that time of year approaching where brands will starting showing their new gear for the new year, Cabrinha have released pictures and info on what we can expect from next years additions.

Cabrinha Switchblade 2014

PERFORMANCE FREERIDE

There is only one kite which has embodied the true spirit of kiteboarding for the last (8) years for its spot-on performance in such a wide range of conditions. The Switchblade humbly takes the title of the highest performance kite with the easiest handling. In 2014 the Switchblade gets an upgrade in handling with an all new bridling that provides an even more direct and precise steering. Changes in outline and profile ensure that the 2014 Switchblade delivers power on the low end and precise handling and control on the top end.

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Cabrinha Switchblade 2014

 Cabrinha Drifter 2014

SURF KITE

Drift stability. Lightning fast steering. Instant power and de-power. Durability. Easy relaunch. These are the necessary elements to make the worlds best surf kite. These are the elements that make up the Drifter. Amongst the many features the Drifter is known for, none is more important than drift stability also known as slack line drift. While surfing, it’s sometimes important to depower the kite to the point where you can surf on your own wave generated power without the pull of the kite. Its here that the Drifter is able to stay aloft and drift downwind with you. When the time calls for it, you can immediately power up the kite and clear the next section. The Drifter has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.

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Cabrinha Drifter 2014

 Cabrinha Vector 2014

PERFORMANCE FREERIDE

The 2014 Vector steps into the big leagues with a massive upgrade in performance. The direct steering of the Overdrive 1X control system combined with the elimination of pulley’s in the bridle makes the Vector a frisky 3 strut performance freeride kite. The Vector is the type of kite that will perform in just about any type of conditions, with any type of board. The chameleon characteristics does not come at the cost of performance, handling or durability. The Vector has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.

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Cabrinha Vector 2014

 Cabrinha Chaos 2014

FRESTYLE / WAKESTYLE

In the high stakes world of competition freestyle only one thing matters. Getting onto the podium. In order to do so you need a kite capable of performing at its best when riding unhooked. You need a kite which generates power through its turns. You need a kite that delivers bursts of speed and pop. The Chaos delivers on all fronts. While not made for your average rider, the Chaos kite will give you the fighting advantage in competition. Just ask Alby Rondina, one of the PKRA freestyle superstars and the technical advisor behind the Chaos development. The Chaos is perfectly tuned to perform when unhooked which also makes it the kite of choice for hitting rails or throwing wakestyle tricks on the flats. The Chaos has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.

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Cabrinha Chaos 2014

 Cabrinha Contra 2014

Performance LIGHTWIND

BRAND NEW for 2014 – The all new Contra is a featherweight cannon that delivers light wind fun like you’ve never had before. It has the muscle to get you up and riding when the winds are barely showing signs on the water. The ultra efficient profiles optimize the low end power production while allowing excellent depower on the top end. Maximizing performance in light winds the 3 micro struts improve aerodynamic performance using light weight materials with very low drag. The Contra delivers distinctly sharp and precise turning that makes generating power and speed a snap while maintaining the agility of a smaller kite.

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Cabrinha Contra 2014

Cabrinha Velocity 2014

100% RACING.

We don’t have any information on the updates but will let you know as soon as we know about the Cabrinha Velocity 2014.

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Cabrinha Velocity 2014

 

F-One Bandit 6 VI 2013 Preview

F-One Bandit 6 VI 2013 Preview

F-One Bandit 6 VI 2013 Kitesurfing Kite is more stable, less fluttering with greater smoothness, control and less lateral force. All this added to a lighter feeling and a more efficient, direct feel in the bar. Our first goal this year was, as usual, an increase in the wind range even though this aspect was already a strong feature of the F-One Bandit 5 (Contact us at info@thekiteboardingoutlet.com for a clearance discount on the Bandit 5!). A wider range offers two main advantages: a greater riding comfort associated with safety and a smaller number of kites for a complete quiver. We worked specifically on the control in powered and overpowered situations as well as the lateral force produced by the kite in high wind situations. With the F-One Bandit VI 6 2013 in neutral position on the beach you will already feel a better control while sheeting out (pushing the bar out) and more natural stability, which will make you more confident.

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The new F-One Bandit 6's in action

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Flexifoil Force 2013

The Flexifoil Force 2013

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Flexifoil Force 2013

The Flexifoil FORCE 2013 is the latest offering the UK brand. Combined with the qualities of the ION but with a brand new shape, the FORCE flies like a true C-Kite but generates a performance similar to that of a hybrid. Its 4-strut design creates a more curved profile whilst its fully supportive bridle produces better performance, stability and control of the kite. Continue reading

Cabrinha 2013 Kite preview

2013 Cabrinha Preview

If you haven’t seen it already, below is some information released by Cabrinha about their new 2013 kites for the upcoming season

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2013 Cabrinha Kite Lineup:

Cabrinha’s 2013 lineup is better than ever. We have listened to your constructive comments and have built our 2013 range of products to be the absolute maximum in performance, security, and value.

2013 Cabrinha Switchblade
We have an all-new Switchblade. YES – it turns faster, is much lighter in the bar, and jumps off the water or snow during relaunch. The Switchblade will continue to be the industry benchmark for parked kite performance and amazing stability, but the handling is vastly improved with new canopy shaping for a faster turning lighter bar that translates into top performance in Freeride, onshore surf, and basic freestyle!! Continue reading

North Rebel 2013 Preview

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North Rebel 2013

Why the North Rebel is one of the best

The North Rebel is the universal kite in the line up, used by riders like Sky Solbach and Jérémie Eloy it excels in the waves and as a freeride kite. It is one of the best selling kites we have ever built and is loved by riders all over the world. The Rebel boasts a huge wind range, the widest available from any of the North Kiteboarding line up. Huge hangtime and lift, fantastic upwind performance, fast turning, direct feeling, easy handling, responsive steering when depowered and a short depower stroke giving you total control in harsh conditions. The 2013 North Rebel perfectly combines power and handling to create the perfect kite for “hooked” riders looking for their perfect wave and freeride partner. Upwind the Rebel is outstanding, still used by some of our race team on the World Tour for course racing, need we say anymore? Continue reading

Flexifoil Proton 2 Review

The Kiteboarding Outlet Founder, Chris, talks about his recent experience testing the Flexifoil Proton 2 in Shui Hau Wan, Hong Kong:

Flexifoil recently released the next generation of their Proton range aimed at freeriders and wave riders.

First of all, I think the Flexifoil Proton 2 is a beautiful looking kite. I was testing with a 12m red model but the other available colours, Rasta and Petrol, look fantastic as well.

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The construction of the kite is rock solid, as it was designed for all skill levels of kiteboarders.  The kite has to withstand a beating for the beginners who are learning, while also being able to handle the finesse of advanced riders.

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