I’m a 75kg rider on a 132x40 Naish Thorn here are my observations/review of the E6 12m and 8m after a dozen or so sessions on flat/chop. My observations are from the perspective of someone very new to kiting (think 10 sessions ago I couldn’t jump and was still dropping into water on transitions).
For what it is worth and for fairness of comparison sake my other kite experience was on a well worn 2011Evo 10m and a bit of a play with ~2016 model Catalyst and Dice. I also have ~10yrs windsurfing background which I have been told possibly helps me from a lightwind handling standpoint.
E6 has very easy/stable launch/land and water relaunch, the kites appear very well built with protection in all the right places, zero sign of any wear and tear on critical areas so far having used it in Aitutaki (sharp coral sand/grit) and local estuarine mudflats.
These kites turn very quickly (I use the 55cm C4X bar and 20m lines). They seem to sit further fwd in the window making edging upwind much easier than my old kite which would hang back a bit, maybe that’s just the difference between nice new kit and flogged old stuff though?
The low end power is impressive, at my weight I find both kites are easy to get going right on the low end of the published wind range, even a knot or two less is possible if working the kite a bit.
On the 12m I tend to find once wind is ~20kts I’m running 1/3 depower (with kite rigged on the depower knots) and can comfortably switch to the 8m, as I get more experience though I suspect I would be holding onto the 12m fine on standard knots with similar depower and not swap out to the 8m till ~22kts.
Jumps great, my landings leave a bit to be desired still but that’s a rider skill issue. Loops (for transitions only at my level!) give a nice solid consistent pull and the kites are stable in general with predictable control input-response that I really like.
As someone else had mentioned the ‘litekite’ bag it comes with is nice and simple and does the job, ideal for traveling too (when packing kites into boardbag). Was going to buy a proper bag with my kites but they were nil stock at the time and don’t think I’ll bother now, will just throw them in my crusty old kite bag with bar etc if I need to trek them into a launch area.
Service was great, the kites arrived in under a week in NZ. For a similar price my other options were going to be some (admittedly relatively new) second hand kit or random demo models/brands/sizes however finding exactly what you want when you want it in that kind of market just luck of the draw really so it is nice to just be able to buy exactly what you want at a good price.
All in all a happy Switch customer here, good product, good price.