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For a rider who wants unrivalled predictability, unmatched versatility and uncompromising high end performance and quality. Whether you’re boosting big air, throwing down technical tricks, or simply out for a fun session on your own terms, the Cabrinha Switchblade provides the ultimate kiting experience.
The Switchblade’s reputation for being the world’s highest performance freeride kite not only comes from the thousands of customers who hail its praise, but from its countless world titles. Fastest sailing craft in the world (2010). King of the air (2017). Worlds highest tow-up jump (2018).
What's most amazing about the Switchblade is that all this performance comes in one of the easiest to use packages. Its balance and power delivery make this kite light to the touch and simple to fly.
The Switchblade handles the task of unhooked riding by delivering a constant steady powerband. When unhooked the kite continues to fly forward, making the power predictable during your tricks. On the fly depower is extremely linear which means you’ll always have the correct amount of power for the job at hand.
Kite loops, handle passes, and rail slides are the kinds of things the Switchblade calls routine. When hooked in, the Switchblade has the ability to tame gusts with its high depower capabilities and proven security function.
Whether you are working on your freestyle game or testing your limits in boosting incredible air, the Switchblade will deliver with a class of predictability and reliability that can not be found anywhere else.
Cabrinha Switchblade Features include:
- Absolute and total control of the power of your kite.
- The widest wind range of any kite on the market.
- More power per square metre than a classic arc kite.
- Incredible hang time.
- The highest level of security.
- A relaunch feature that does not require a 5th line or any wing tip
Pure Profile Panels:
The strategically placed panels provide ultimate control over the aero-dynamic profiles in the kite.
Smooth and stable profile entry. Improved overall kite efficiency, performance, and range.
Faster flying through the sky giving you a broader range of performance.
Nano Ripstop Technology:
A higher level of performance can only be achieved when the kite’s design properties are supported by a stable and reactive kite material.
Nano Ripstop does just that.
Dynamic arc allows the kite to have two distinct arc shapes.
The arc of the kite takes on one shape while flying, and another shape while in resting mode on the water.
While resting on the water the arc opens up slightly to facilitate an easier relaunch.
1x Security System:
Upon activation of 1X’s single line flagging system the power of a kite is immediately killed and it will rest motionless on the water or land.
High Tenacity Dacron:
Dacron is specifically designed for inflated kite structures. The construction of this material is very warp oriented using ultra high tenacity yarns with an increased thread count to combat elongation in the warp direction under high inflation pressures.
Lower elongation makes for a more accurate kite with less deformation while in flight.
Every Cabrinha kite comes with a simple, user adjustable way to choose the power level of the kite.
Each rear line “pig tail” connector has three power positions you can connect to. The middle position is the factory recommended position.
However, the user can choose to create more power by connecting the knot closest to the kite, or less power by connecting to the knot closest to the rider.
Provides the structure that keeps the kite design true to its intended shape while in-flight. The stable frame drives the kite through turbulence with a minimal amount of deformation and has excellent overall de-power.
The inflated leading edge introduces the laminar flow of air across the kite’s Pure Profile panels, for a quick recovery if stalled and prevents the kite folding on itself.
The inflatable structure reduces the amount of bridling required for stability. It also provides safety by providing some flotation in the water, and enables easy re-launch.
The Sprint inflation systems is the most efficient and easy way to get your kite inflated and deflated quickly. The enlarged Airlock valve quickly feeds air into all of the struts from a single location.
The Airlock connection to the Sprint pump requires no special adapters. Once inflated, you can lock off each strut independently to keep your kite’s rigid frame, and isolate any accidental strut deflation from the rest of the kite. When the session is over, the entire kite will deflate in seconds thanks to the Airlock valve’s large dump feature.
Cabrinha Overdrive Recoil Quickloop Control Bar:
The all new Overdrive 1x™ control system is all about connections. Without a doubt the most important piece of kiteboarding equipment is a control system with the ability to securely connect and dis-connect on demand. It shatters the status quo and sets an entirely new standard in design. From its functional form to its ergonomic geometry to its proven handling of security, the QuickLink control system raises the bar to a new untouchable height.
With the increasing demand for increased function and kite control the 2018 Overdrive 1x steps up to the plate to meet the challenge. The all new Overdrive 1x control system has been redesigned from the bottom up to accommodate many new features while streamlining its user interface. The result of this intensive development effort is our most refined and evolved control system to date.
In a huge industry first, Cabrinha has managed to internalize the landing line into the main depower line. The landing line now occupies its own chamber alongside the depower main line for added protection and a streamlined interface. With the all new internal security system, Cabrinha makes good on its promise that performance and security are no longer mutually exclusive. The all new Overdrive 1x puts the industry leading 4 line security right at your fingertips when you need it and out of your way when you don’t. Cabrinha have internalized the landing line to protect it from the elements and to simplify the control system. The new Overdrive 1x landing line is virtually invisible while riding but right there when you need it.
The Overdrive 1x control system features a new reduced diameter bar with softer, embossed EVA grip end to end. It has a smooth stainless center section for improved durability where the Quick Release meets the bar. It integrates a stainless steel swivel into the top of the harness loop.
The Overdrive 1x control system comes standard with Cabrinha's Override 2 stopper unit. In addition to its hands free spinning feature, the Override 2 stopper integrates bungeed power adjusters. The easy to use power adjusters puts the trim of your kite easily within reach. This often imitated but never duplicated feature keeps your entire control system simple, streamlined and free of clutter.
The Overdrive 1x control system now implements a new forged alloy section with an expanded entry and exit opening for the depower line. This feature increases the ease of bar movement over the depower line even at extreme angles.
Soft Bar Ends:
The Overdrive 1x is the only bar on the market with soft EVA multifunction ends. The EVA ends create a seamless transition from the center of the grip all the way to the ergonomic, protective ends. This provides added comfort when doing aggressive turns at the ends of the bar. The ergonomic geometry of the bar ends also serve as line winders to adequately manage your line set.
Low Pivot Point:
The soft EVA ends have also allowed Cabrinha to lower the pivot point of the steering lines right down to the bar. This reduces the turning impulse required to steer your kite.
The EVA bar ends have sufficient buoyancy to float the control bar and lines, allowing Cabrinha to eliminate the cumbersome external floats for an even more streamline, uncluttered look and feel.
Recoil is a spring loaded function which always keeps the bungee trim adjusters contained and well within reach, making it the cleanest trim adjustment system on the market.
With Recoil there is never a loose adjustment tail as seen with most above or below the bar trim systems.
The Recoil spring always returns the bungeed trim adjusters to their proper place along the depower mainline even after the kite has been fully depowered by the control bar.
When you return the bar to the powered position, the bungeed trim adjusters automatically reset themselves to a place which is easy to reach. Recoil also provides adequate resistance to momentarily unspin the bar to unwind the lines.
The new Overdrive 1x control system is completely void of any pulleys. The IDS equipped kites all work on a direct 1:1 method of control. This produces virtually no bar pressure, and leaves the bar free of added lines and pulleys.
Proven Quick Release:
Industry leading Quick Release. Safety is an integral part of the Cabrinha design culture. This is why they have used the same quick release method for three years running. Their quick release has very little moving parts and is not susceptible to salt or sand.
Cabrinha do not make their Quick Release perform any other function than to “Quickly Release”. It is easy to activate with a right or left hand, whether the kite has power or not. It’s simple. Time tested. Proven.
Advanced Depower System:
One of the features responsible for the Radar's incredible depowering capabilities is it’s 1-2-1 pulley system on the rear lines. This allows the rider to achieve twice the depower for the same amount of distance the bar travels as a normal control system.
Secure Release Harness Loop:
The new quick release is a simple and effective way to separate the rider from the kite. The spring loaded action keeps the QR engaged until manual activation is needed. Since activation of the QR will separate the rider from the kite, it is only recommended when separation from the kite is absolutely necessary.
The Moto's unique bridle allows the rider to perform a water relaunch by simply pulling on the left or right rear lines. The wingtip will rise out of the water and allow the rider to position the kite into a more secure side launch position. This is all possible without the use of a 5th line or additional wing tip fittings.
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