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Switch Design
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:08 pm

Hello MonoStrut Enthusiasts:
We are moving the testing to Hawaii and Felix will give it a go in the waves. Thanks for the size recommendations/comments. Unfortunately, we do not have a production schedule yet so no projected release date other than as soon as possible after a final round of testing.
Cheers!
Brett
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Joined: Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:24 am

Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:51 pm

Thanks Bill,

I don't know if you've considered a similar adjustable bridal to the elements that allows either pivotal turns or more powered turns but it might be a nice feature to increase the usable wind range of the kite. Foiling I like the surge of power looping to get going in light winds but that's less necessary towards to top of the wind range and a faster pivot might be preferred.

But I understand you probably want to make the kite as light as possible so that might add too much completely.
borist
Posts: 118
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:23 am

Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:29 pm

Be careful not to try to please everyone with this kite design. That often leads to "jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none" type of product. Which than can sabotages sales of a similar model, like Element, instead of gaining new customers with more specific design.
snalberski
Posts: 64
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:10 am

Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:24 pm

I'm pretty much using my 10m Nitro3 for all my foiling.... 14-20 knots. Below 14 the kite won't stay aloft or relaunch, above 20 conditions are a bit crap and less enjoyable for foiling. It's hard to know what sizes will best suit me in the mono strut but 9 & 12 sound perfect.
Hopefully a 12 will extend my range as low as 10/11 knots. As others have described the critical point is keeping the kite in the air, but also being able to relaunch . I'm hopefully confident a12m single strut foil specific kite will deliver.
As I'm mostly using a 10 at the moment a 9 mono strut should crossover nicely for 15-20/21 knots given its lighter weight and predicted float capability. Maybe the 7 for above 20knts if I start foiling in those conditions.
I've been banging on to Switch from the very beginning (over 2 years) that they should be going on a foil specific kite tangent and it is awesome to see that they absorb (albeit gradually) what I and others have suggested .
YakAttack
Posts: 68
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:09 pm

Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:07 am

I just saw that North is releasing a 15m Mono which will retail for almost $1700. Unbelievable that people will actually pay that much for a kite. Thank you Switch for keeping the sport accessible.
SwitchGreg
Posts: 54
Joined: Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:24 am

Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:01 am

Just looking at the Liquid Force Solo v3 and they're offering sized from 3.5m upwards. It makes some sense to not make sizes that are well covered by the Nitro and the Element.

It would be good if a 3.5m single strut kite were offered. That would be great for strong wind foiling and also make a good trainer or kid's kite.
queneseb
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Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:27 pm

For sure kite should have small size for HF, i personnaly need a 5.5 Nitro + 3.5sqm ;) for strong
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Brett
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:02 am

I've been using my element 4 5m in strong winds and it works fairly well but a smaller kite would be good for 25-30+kt days. Friends of mine use one strut and brm 3.5m kites for high winds. Brm is coming out with an even smaller 2.8m strutless kite but their past models size larger(i.e. More powerful) than standard.
snalberski
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:57 pm

SwitchGreg wrote:Just looking at the Liquid Force Solo v3 and they're offering sized from 3.5m upwards. It makes some sense to not make sizes that are well covered by the Nitro and the Element.

It would be good if a 3.5m single strut kite were offered. That would be great for strong wind foiling and also make a good trainer or kid's kite.
Why would anyone need a single strut kite specifically designed for light wind conditions in a size that permits it to be used in high wind conditions?
queneseb
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:18 pm

I think we dont need especially a single or strutless kite in strong wind, we just need a smaller one !
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