Switch Element V6

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felix
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Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:24 pm

Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:23 pm

While you guys keep talking about canopy material.
There are 3 main kite manufactures that use the very same stuff we do and CAB is one of them .

Lets get back to reality .
Here is the first quick review we received from one of our kite schools.

I have used the Element 6 few times in the size of 9m and 12m.
At first look I noticed a big change compared to the E5. The shape is very different and it is a 5 struts kite with pulleys.
The bigger change is the way the kite flies. From the first use the E6 is predictable and easy to control. While the E5 is more aggressive in the turns,
the E6 holds a consistent pull throughout the all wind window and become very efficient as you take speed. This features in my opinion makes it a winner kite.
It is Perfect for beginners. I used the E6 for teaching and it makes the job much easier. The kite glide very nicely and it is very stable at the zenith,
speeding up the student's learning curve.
It is Excellent for advanced user. On the twin tip and I found that it is easy to manoeuvre. With minimum acceleration the kite pulls and then the fun starts,
with ease you can to control loops in transitions and jumps.
On the Hydrofoil the E6 with a nice glide keeps a consistent pull throughout the transitions making easier manoeuvres like air gybes and tacks
also creates a lot of apparent wind that allows you ride faster than on the E5.
Overall great improvement and quite a revolutionary change for the Element. Nice control, Nice speed, Nice glide. Highly recommended .
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Faxie
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:08 am

Ok so it's the same as 2DR, just not under that name?

I know Liquid Force uses the Chang-Ho on some of their kites too.

Will there be a new dedicated wavekite now the Element went back to freeride?
barrywind
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:10 am

2DR...? Double Ripstop?
Faxie wrote:Ok so it's the same as 2DR...snip...?
Thankfully I've only got one Switch kite in my quiver, a 15.5m Helium2. Send a PM if you want to buy it.
My Referral code = Sorry, No Longer a Pimp for Switch :(
-Barry
Faxie
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:31 am

barrywind wrote:2DR...? Double Ripstop?
Faxie wrote:Ok so it's the same as 2DR...snip...?
That's what Cabrinha calls their canopy cloth. Because 'features' :lol:
topmick
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Joined: Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:04 am
Location: Australia

Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:37 am

I must say this is so different from what I was hoping the Element V6 would be, I'm speechless.

Looking forward to some reviews.
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Lance
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:42 pm

I'm not sure who this Element V6 is aimed at, beginners? since they are testing them out at schools. I hope it has some wave appeal or they bring out a dedicated wave kite.

I prefer my kites without pulleys. Please don't add pulleys to the Nitro.

Not much ElementV5 stock left :shock: I was about to add a 7m which was in stock two days ago. Zzzzz
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felix
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:53 pm

Hello Guys.
Don't you worry - The E6 does fine in the waves.
I have some very picky riders when it comes to riding waves on kites. They loved the way the E6 performed.
Just because the first picture I posted was school oriented don't be fooled by what this kite can do.
Wai till you see Marc blasting on it too....
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mbevo
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Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:00 am

This Element v6 kite is like not even on the same platform and shares no DNA with Element V5, might as well call it something else.
felix
Posts: 514
Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:24 pm

Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:22 am

The Element was always our all terrain kite.
This Element6 is by far the best kite we will have in our line up that you can truly ride for any application.
The kite is just not OK at it. It really excels at what ever you throw at it.
This is why we did not change the name.
Its basically a drastic improvement.
Enjoy it.
Alysum
Posts: 118
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:31 pm
Location: Sydney/France

Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:17 am

I agree they should have changed the name for a completely redesigned kite. But I understand they didn't as it's harder to promote a new model starting with v1.

Apparently the V6 equivalent of V5 is also one size down.

Looking forward to reading more reviews from surfers and foilers !
E5 7m, E3 9m, H3 12m & Reo 9m
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