What next? / No Removable Mono-Strut / Bye, Bye, Bill!

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Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:04 pm

With Bill out of the house and Ralph gone, I wonder where Switch is heading? The customer base starts to get itchy and rumors spread when left in the dark. What's up at this turning point for Switch?

Photos: Last weekend, I was privileged to fly these two 9m removable single-strut prototypes from Bill. The one with the straight orange strut was close to the original proof-of-concept model, with the strut floating off the canopy and attached at the ends. The V2 kite had a profiled removable strut, affixed to the canopy with hook and loop. I flew them with and without the struts, on half-length and 23m lines, on land in challenging and gusty wind. I was impressed with the turning radius. They both pivoted right off the wingtip. The more refined V2 kite, no surprise, was just better all-around. With the single center strut removed, turning speed was faster for both. Depower was almost instantaneous with bar release. Yes, some canopy flutter when luffing, but very little with the V2 model. Quiet with the bar pulled in just a bit. Too bad these in-house designs will never hit the market thru Switch. Bye, bye, Bill. You will be sorely missed.

Edit: The bits hanging from the lines and bridle are what I call fettuccine grass...
Version 2, 9m, removable single-strut
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Version 1, 9m, removable single-strut
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Last edited by barrywind on Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:09 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:13 pm

Hmmm Ralph and Bill no longer with Switch? explain what happened?
thx dude :ugeek:
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:53 pm

Uhm say what?

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Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:27 pm

Excuse me?
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:34 am

This doesn't sound good, hope Felix is still with Switch ???
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:47 pm

Please chime in and shed some light Felix.
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:33 pm

Hello Guys.
Switchkites has seen several changes to the central team within the past 18 months. There have also been major changes to our international logistics, manufacture & design approach. But our mission remains the same - awesome performance, awesome deal.
The recently released C4X controller is the first of a number of new products that Switch will bring to market over the next few months.
I honestly have to say things have never looked so good looking into the future at Switch kites.
And yes, founding members Daniel ,Jacob James & Marc still man the engine room at Switchkites.
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Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:17 am


where is Mr. Hansen going
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Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:23 am

Thanks for the info Felix! Who is the new kite designer? Sad to see Bill go. He is a wizard!
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Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:56 am

That's a shame. I was looking forward to a switch single/no strut foiling kite... Hopefully it will still make it somehow
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