Bought mine second hand in early 2012 and have used it many times. Very happy with its performance and durability. Have since bought cabrinha 12m and 15m but not switchblades. Next kite will probably be a switchblade though... read more
Cabrinha Switchblade IDS 2009 Kite Review
The Switchblade IDS is a kite that redefines the terms wakestyle and freeride. This model features a Simple IDS bridle and the Intelligent Depower System (IDS) developed by Cabrinha which make it a perfect choice for both hooked and unhooked riding. The unhooked option gives the rider advanced control capabilities, making the performance tricks safe and predictable. The new features introduced by Cabrinha for this model include:
● Intelligent Depower System (IDS)
● Light bar pressure
● Increased material durability
● Improved bridle pulleys
● New airlock valve
● Absolute depower option
The Cabrinha Switchblade IDS is extremely easy to handle and turns hooked and unhooked riding to a completely new experience. The light bar pressure combined with the Intelligent Depower System and the improved bridle pulleys deliver advanced steering options to the rider and make it extremely stable and easy to use in light or strong wind conditions.
It is a kite designed with performance in mind and it is recommended for the experienced rider and for wakestyle or competitions. The exclusive IDS feature provides two levels of depowering options: Depower on demand, to use while riding and Absolute depower, to land the kite. The Switchblade IDS is manufactured from high quality material and is reinforced to outstand all weather conditions. It is available in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 meter sizes to meet all the riders’ needs.
The Cabrinha Switchblade IDS is an excellent choice for competition and for experienced riders.
If we were to describe Cabrinha’s Power drive 1:1 control system only one word would suffice: simple. By keeping things simple (no pulleys) the bar pressure has been considerably decreased. The centerline adjustment strap is kept within easy reach thanks to the CAS line extenders. The Override 2 stopper uses an adjustable tension mechanism that lets the kitesurfer fine-tune the amount of force needed to fully depower the kite. Bar Features Custom depower with the Override 2 security system and stopper. Simple trimming thanks to the center line adjustment strap with bungees. Harness loops detach with quick release.