I got a 9m and I must say it's a great kite. I'm 5'10'' and weigh about 175 lbs and usually go out in 15-23 knots with it. I like the pull from it, always on. A bit too much bar pressure for my taste, but that's what thi... read more
Cabrinha Switchblade IDS 2010 Kite Review
- 5 struts
- IDS bridle and 2nd stage depower – thanks to IDS, which is short for Intelligent Depower System, the rider has to put in the minimal amount of effort and input and despite this, he gets an extraordinary level of control in return. Only Cabrinha kites feature the IDS bridle and control system, which delivers precise steering control and precise power control with no bar pressure. The IDS system provides 2 stages of depower – while riding you have Interactive Depower On Demand; whole trying to land the kite, you have Absolute Depower. The later, Absolute Depower, uses only 4 lines but manages to offer the same functions of a 5-line system. Unlike a 5-line system, it is a lot easier to use.
- Powerdrive IDS bar
- Sprint – easy to use inflation system
- Improved LE Closing seam
- Ultra Bomb Canopy – an insurance that the kite and bar are extremely durable
- Tuning options
- Wildcard color schemes
The Switchblade has been around for 5 seasons now, meaning that during all this time it has gotten better and better. The 2010 Switchblade IDS is the best in this range; for the 2010 edition the Cabrinha team has specifically focused on improving the kite’s turning speed and relaunch capabilities.
If you want to ride hooked, the 2010 Switchblade IDS is the right choice. If you want to ride unhooked, the 2010 Switchblade IDS is also the right choice. If you want to ride a variety of conditions, you’ve guessed it, the 2010 Switchblade IDS is the right choice. This is a steady, predictable kite that will help you easily pull off any wakestyle trick you can think of. It is one of the best wakestyle freeride kites you could ever get.
The kite is perfect for unhooked riding and pop tricks.
For this year’s range of kites Cabrinha has the 2010 Powerdrive IDS, a control bar that meets the riders’ need for dynamic function and kite control. For the 2010 Powerdrive IDS bar to meet these requirements the Cabrinha team had to completely redesign the Powerdrive IDS control system. In this redesign process the user interface was streamlined and many new features were added. What Cabrinha ended up with in the end is its “most refined and evolved control system to date.”
2010 Powerdrive IDS features:
- Internal landing line – the IDS landing line has been internalized into the main depower line. As Cabrinha explained, the reason why the landing line has been internalized is to protect it from the elements and to make the control system a little bit simpler. The IDS landing line is right there when you want it; but when you don’t want it, it’s out of the way.
- OverSlide IDS – thanks to the all new OverSlide stopper unit, the rider can let go of the control system (temporarily) in order to address spins in the control lines. The all new OverSlide Stopper unit is also a means to contain the bungeed power adjusters. The rider can position the OverSlide stopper unit, which is a sliding system, anywhere on the main depower line.
- Redesigned floating bar ends
- Redesigned swiveling security pin
- Redesigned QR2
- New bypass leash attachment point
- Remodeled QR
4m – 21 knots and upwards
6m – 19 knots and upwards
7m – 18 knots and upwards
8m – 17 knots and up to about 26 knots
9m – 16 knots to about 26 knots
10m – 15 knots and up to about 25 knots
12m – 12 knots to about 19 knots
14m – 9 knots to about 17 knots
Please note that the wind ranges are based on a 75kg (165lbs) rider. Actual wind ranges may vary according to your body weight and ability level, and according to water conditions, board size, and riding style. You should always use common sense and your personal experience when selecting a kite size. If you don’t know what kite size to use, talk to other riders and see what they’re using on the water.