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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and if you ask nicely, we might even give you a discount off the retail price. Here is the link to our page.