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Switch Kites Nitro 3 2014

Switch Kites Nitro 3 2014

Reviewed on Nov 2nd 2014 by paul
Performance:
5
Durability:
2
Relaunch:
4
Bar:
3
User Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5

Sizes used: 10m
Rode 10m Nitro1 and 3 in around 30mph. I'm 170lbs. First, what i didn't like about the 1 was the absence of any tuning options, the extreme bar pressure (which was actually nice at 1st because it gave great feedback on where the kite was, but got tiresome after about an hour where the hands and elbows start complaining). What was great was, well, everything else. Kite was responsive, fast enough, and boosted noticeably better than non-dedicated boosting kites. It tears you off the water like a Nemi, keeps you up there like Screamer, but the unique feeling was that the lift doesn't stop...it just keeps lifting when you don't expect to go any higher. Very enjoyable. The nitro3 has very welcome back-line tuning options, so the bar pressure issue is resolved. Tried the 10m back to back w/ a 9m Fuel, and the lift was night and day - not only was it way higher when dialed in, but was much less demanding of perfect technique/timing than the fuel. Was super fun! As far as build quality, the nitro1 had this strange 'floating strut' that wasn't really connected to the leading edge. I did not like that at all. All was fine aside from that. No comments on the bar as I didn't use a switch bar. Highly recommended.