2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

How can you improve on a kite that was so fantastically redesigned last year? We were interested to see what Cabrinha would do for the 2014 season. There have been some small design changes to the switchblade and a major design change to the bar. We will talk about a few things to note for this years 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade.

First off, we should talk about the biggest change, the bar. Who is happy to see the IDS go? We certainly are! We use Cabrinha kites to teach lessons and felt the system was inadequate for self rescue in light winds. If you pulled the safety release it would work, sometimes. We are happy to say the new Overdrive IX System does not have this problem. The kite now flags to one center line which will cause the kite to immediately invert.

The one size bar is adjustable at the bar ends. There is a little toggle underneath the bar that you pull to release the lock then extend the bar end out, then the toggle slides back into place. The bar sizes will be 48cm when the lines are at 90 degrees and 57cm when the bar ends are out. One last thing to note about the bar, the center lines come all the way back to the bar, which will make self landing easy. We are pretty pumped up about the changes made to Cabrinha’s Control System.

Now that we have that little tangent over with, we should probably talk about the kite a little bit. How can you improve upon something that was so awesome last year? Well, it has happened again. The shape of the kite is somewhere between the 2012 and the 2013 which turns out to be something that is pure awesome. This kite is solid, delivering a little bit less power in the loops, but pivoting smooth like silk. The kite turns faster then the 2013 but still retains the same amount of low end power.

The bridle on the 2014 Switchblade has just one pulley and an oversized ring that slides along the bridle with a stopper ball. This gives the kite more of a direct feel from the control bar while retaining its characteristics of being a forgiving kite to practice and learn tricks. You are still able to fly under the kite while keeping the kite up in the air. Just like a true Cabrinha, it will drift back into the window instead of loose its lift and hindenburg.

We encourage you to get on one of these new kites. You will not be disappointed. With the ever increasing prices of the sport, all of these design changes happened with a minimal change in price. If you are interested in learning more about the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade, or any other Cabrinha product, feel free to send us an email.

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