The next generation in kite control has arrived!
Using state of the art designs, materials and manufacturing processes, we created a unique, highly sophisticated kite control system entirely specified in accordance to our customers’ feedback.
The safest option
Featuring instant 100% flag option using either the single front or optional 5th line system, internal and low friction quick release mechanism, kinesiology friendly above the bar depower, rounded soft bar ends and a strong fail safe leash. All parts are strength tested in our lab to confirm the calculated fail point.
The best custom riding experience
In a few simple steps you can easily customise Controller2 to fit your riding style. Safety flag options, bar size, cleat position, flying line length, line pigtails, floating stopper push away and below the bar swivel force can all be modified to get your ride exactly how you like it.
All components have been tested under extreme conditions in our lab and in the harshest conditions around the world. Nothing is used that doesn’t meet our strict and high standards.
The world’s first truly universal control bar
Controller2 can be used with any sheet able traction kite. Inflatable or foil, 4 or 5 line, single front line flag or 5th line flag, high or low front line Y split, wake style or wave, water or snow any one can enjoy the next generation in kite control.
To use the full 5th line function on the Controller2 you will have to install a 5th Line Conversion Kit.
In the box
The strongest materials and construction methods were extensively tested in developing the new bar.
Perfect flex, strength to weight ratio
Small constant diameter
Made using a special formulated synthetic elastomer exclusively developed for Switch. Compared to the commonly used EVA, this product produces an extremely tacky yet incredibly durable surface. Applied seamless in a special mould under high pressure and heat, the textured channel design gives you a comfortable feel but unprecedented grip.
Tacky – wet or dry
Soft but incredibly durable
Textured channel design for rapid water dispersion
Forged, hardened, polished and anodized AL6061 with an impressive tensile strength of 300MPa. The rounded soft edge design guarantees minimal wear on your chicken loop line whether used on land or covered in sand.
Interpolate edge design drastically reduces line wear
Forged, hardened, polished and anodized AL6061
Maintenance free and indestructible
Made out Polyoxymethylene since high stiffness, low friction and excellent dimensional stability is required. All potential contact surfaces that could cause board damage are rounded and covered with soft Silicone. The retractable rubber bands keep your wound lines securely in place. The inner back line attachment option reduces the effective bar length to 45 cm.
Unbreakable stiff base structure for crisp kite feedback
Retractable bungee cords for line securement
Adjustable effective bar length
Featuring an internal reverse trigger mechanism, the quick release will break any spreader bar but releases effortless even when you are experiencing high forces. The SS316, POM, A380 and Nylon 6.6 materials do not require any maintenance even when used exclusively in salt water.
The wide base chicken loop opening makes hooking in simple and fast
Super strong removable donkey dick
Friction adjustable below the bar swivel
Redesigned low built swivel cap that eliminates chicken loop line wear
Suicide leash option
Ergonomic grip design
The new compact design integrates both parts into one unit. Adjust the sliding force from locked solid to easy push away with a simple turn of a screw.
Adjust the push away force from locked solid to effortless
Integrated safety line guide keeps all lines organized and tangle free.
The above the bar swivel is the heart of our universal Controller2. Developed and designed by our engineering department with a low rotation speed, thrust load and marine environment in mind. The mandatory compact design and high load application required an exclusive stainless steel construction. 15 x 2.6 mm diameter balls transfer the thrust load evenly and will not cause any damage to the bearing race even when loaded with ½ ton.
The unique flying line attachment offers the diversity required when used for any kite available on the market but still featuring the all-important low V front line set up within easy reach. This provides a more direct and immediate response from your bar input.
Single line flag option
5th line flag option
2 front line flag option
Integrated free spinning pulley wheel for low friction power adjustment
Front lines within reach for self-landing
A proven design, close to perfection
5 special formed teeth that guarantee a secure grip without causing damage
Extremely user friendly
The design objective required a small, light weight but easy to grip handle, that can be secured quickly and safely on the chicken loop line.
Compact and light weight
When selecting lines we consider and test for stretch, weight, diameter, cross-section shape, new tensile strength, aged tensile strength, resistance to damage from solar radiation (UV stabilization), buoyancy in water, abrasion resistance, degradation from knotting, elasticity, performance over time, drag, surface finish, breaking strength, visibility and finally, how easily you can splice them.
After testing lines from all major manufacturers, we believe we have found a kite line that is superior to its competition.
Front Lines: white, 1.7mm diameter, 0.55% elongation at 80daN, 395 daN breaking strength
Rear Lines: white/blue and white/red, 1.45mm diameter, 1.00% elongation at 80daN, 310 daN breaking strength
Comes in 20m plus 3m extensions
Universal pigtails: Swap your pigtails to fit your kite’s attachment style
Universal pigtails: Increased line strength compared to sleeved ends
Universal pigtails: Less wear
Fully extended, just long enough for double handle passes but when retracted, short enough to stay clear when riding waves. Breaking strength well over 300kg - forces your body does not like to endure.
2x4mm OD high quality bungee cords
Internal webbing for maximum extension
External webbing for secure grip
Super strong webbing loop for your harness and SS316 snap hook for your bar’s safety line
Fully enclosed bungee loaded safety release
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URGENT SAFETY ALERT
Kite Leash (SKU 124-0 & SKU 205-0)
It has come to our attention that in some rare cases, the safety release of our kite leash may become difficult to activate, due to the buildup of sand deposits in the leash sleeve. Kite leashes manufactured from December 2013 and sold as part of the Controller2 or as a separate product may be affected by this issue.
What action should you take?
Your safety is paramount to Switch and we strongly recommend conducting a simple manual modification to your kite leash to ensure sand drains away from the safety release. Failure to keep the safety release free from sand and the risk of malfunctioning may cause or contribute to an accident and possible serious injury or death.
To ensure your leash is 100% safe, please follow the steps in this instructional video.
Additional information: If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact our Customer Service team by phone +64 9 889 0814 during the hours of 7.00am to 10.00pm (NZST) or call via our live chat on our website or send an email to: email@example.com
Kitesurfing is an awesome new sport that can be enjoyed by anybody. With adventure sports there is an element of danger which can cause harm or death so all Safety Warnings must be followed.
Before attempting to kitesurf we recommend you get lessons from a qualified kitesurf instructor.
Videos are an excellent way to help brush up on your skills. There are a number of excellent dvd's available.
Kitesurfing Instructional dvd's
Youtube is also an excellent resource to learn some skills.
Kitesurfing Instructional Youtube videos
Learn more important safety tips from these great websites.
Kite with Friends
Kitesurfing with friends is always more fun and alot safer.
Join a Kitesurfing Club.
Meet our Team Riders in your area.
KITE FLYING CAN BE DANGEROUS – Read these instructions before Inflating. By using this product the user fully understands the inherent hazards and dangers that may lead to serious injuries or death.
- Never use near power lines, airports, streets, rocks, trees, houses, vehicles, including boats, bystanders or any other structure.
- Observe the weather conditions and do not use this product in thunderstorms, offshore, overly strong or gusty winds.
- For adult use only. Learn how to fly competently before using this product.
- This product is not a floatation or flying device and should not be used as one.
- Always wear safety equipment such as helmet and when using in water, a personal floatation device.
- Always allow the kite to dry before storage. Do not overinflate and have any damage repaired immediately by a qualified repair facility.
The Controller2 has 4 safety control options:
4 LINE - Standard 100% de-power
This is the standard out of the box option. It is the safest option for your 4 line kite with the ability to 100% kill the power.
4 LINE - Suicide Restricted 100% de-power
This option is for people that want to do unhooked tricks but still want the option to 100% de-power when using the quick release on the chicken loop. For experts only.
See Video 2 to set up the Suicide option.
4 LINE - Min 5th line 90% de-power
A favourite option amongst wave and freestyle riders that like to ride unhooked. When released the kite will de-power 90% and will be able to quickly retrieve for a fast relaunch.
See Video 1 to set up the mini 5th line option.
5 LINE - 5 line option 100% depower
The controller2 can be converted to a full 5th line system to be used with any 5 line kite. A 5th Line Conversion Kit has to be purchased separately and installed.
See Video 1 to set up the 5th line option.
The Chicken Loop Quick Release is a simple push away system.
See video to release, re-engage and set up for the Suicide safety option.
The Control Bar can easily be set at 55cm or 45cm to better suit your kite size and riding style.
Our De-Power system is controlled by the Cleat and De-Power ball.
The Cleat can be positioned up and down the chicken loop line so you can position with in easy reach and to suit your riding style.
The De-Power ball can secured quickly to the chicken loop line to keep excess line out of the way.
The Floating Stopper can easily be positioned and push force adjusted to suit riding style.
The Flying line can be set at 2 lengths to suit your riding style. 20m and 24m.
Kite attachment points can be changed to suit any kite configuration.
You can connect the controller to the kite in 3 easy steps:
- After pumping up kite untangle bridle lines and lay out on the ground.
- Layout and untangle controller lines.
- Connect lines to kite following color name tags.
CARE - Calibrate
The lines may stretch after prolonged use so to keep your kite and controller perfectly tuned we recommend calibrating your controller regularly.
If you have changed or replaced any lines on the controller a calibration must be done before controller is used again.
If you are using a Switch Kite with another manufactures bar it is very important to check calibration.
CARE - Chicken Loop Line
If you are noticing your main chicken loop line is getting worn replace before it fails.
I new chicken loop line is available here.
Remember to Calibrate lines when after you have replaced the chicken loop line.
CARE - Swivel
To get the best performance from your swivel it is recommended you regularly maintain it.
CARE - Chicken Loop
These 2 videos will show you how to tighten the chicken loop and how to remove the donkey dick.
- Controller2Review by Boris
Now the controller 2 has everything I missed in controller 1. It's a great bar, feels natural und nice, has all safety features you need. Only the adjuster is a bit far away if you're not 3m tall ;-) . But that's no problem, fixed in 1 minute.
Enjoying the bar and my element2s on holiday. So far 9/11 days of windy action (10-35knts). Yes ! (Posted on 25/07/14)
- Awesome basic setupReview by Isaac
I purchased this in combination with the Element 2 as my first kiteboarding setup.
Switch moved away from traditional red to blue for the markings on the bar, but once you get past which way round the bar goes it's fine.
The bar looks great. It's simple and many of it's features are explained on Switch Kites' Youtube page which was very helpful. The great things about this bar are in the design.
It has two pull out bungees to hold the wrapped lines in place. When not in use they disappear into the bar. The grip itself is nice and firm and has yet to look worn, and I've been using it for nearly a year.
It came with an unhooked loop allowing you to thread it through the chicken loop for unhooked tricks, so easy to go. It has all the adjustments needed under the line pads so you can change the response based on the wind.
Above the bar de-power works great for me as a beginner. I love being able to yank it and feel safely within my power zone. It's easy to use when learning to self land and launch too! (Posted on 20/07/14)
- The best barReview by Marc
- No errors on the bar, the pressure is perfect, the depower is revolutionary i like it a lot, on the pass i had a cabrinha bar and the switch bar is the best (lines, depower,bar, grip, floats, chicken,..) i recommend this bar! (Posted on 20/07/14)
- Controler 2 tiene el mejor del mercado y la calidad también.Review by Valentin
La Controler 2 es una barra impecable sencilla sin complicaciones y completa con todo lo debe tener la mejor barra del mercado.
De ha mejorado el tacto de la Controler1, ahora las manos no sufren desgaste al navegar.
Incorpora un sistema para ayudar a controlar el trimado de la barra es decir que las líneas sean iguales soltando el cabo de freno al max.
Dispone de hasta 3 sistemas de seguridad para conseguir la seguridad y funcionalidad deseada, que se pueden montar. El sistema por defecto laza la barra de forma que el kite pierde 100% la potencia
Se dispone de dos quita vueltas en la barra ya nivel de las líneas.
Se mejoran los acabados de pulido en el agujero de la barra, que mejora mucho la duración del cabo de freno.
Se ha mejorado la calidad de las líneas y además se ha ponen líneas de mas grueso para las líneas de potencia.
Se ponen ping-tails de conexión de las líneas al bridage así se alarga la vida de las líneas.
Lleva una funda para la barra.
Permite pasar de 45 cm para kites pequeños yo lo uso para la 5m sólo en el extremo por defecto la longitud entre las líneas es de 55 cm es muy rápido de cambiar.
El sistema de seguridad funciona a cualquier presión , no se ve afectado por arena etc, no falla.
Lleva un sistema de bola en el cabo del freno para organizar el cabo después de frenar el kite, hay que insertarlo en el cabo de freno la bola tiene una especie de perforación para clipar la en el cabo, cuando navegas esta en tensión y estas habituado no cuesta y es práctico.
El tacto, la calidad y la durabilidad de ésta barra es extraordinaria.
Lleva dos gomas para sujetar las líneas una vez recogidas las líneas.
El Sistema de freno es regulable en altura, buscar en los videos de switch explica cómo se puede regular en altura es fantástico poderlo ajustar tan fácil.
Lleva en los extremos de la barra en goma blanda para evitar hacerse daño con la barra, o dañar nuestra tabla de surfkite. Esto es genial.
Barra 100% recomendable
(Posted on 19/07/14)
- controller v2Review by Alban
La barre switch v2 est vraiment une trés bonne barre.
Adaptable sur tous les modéles switch.ou pas.
Très robuste au look sympa.
Elle reste l'une des meilleures barres que j'ai pu avoir.
Le prix seulement 245 euros comparé aux autres marques......
Tout a bien été pensé.
The controller v2 is one of the best bar i ve ever use.
Build to be the best bar. All is thinking and build perfectly.
Look is prettt cool and price too.
(Posted on 17/07/14)
- Simple, fonctionnal, reliable and confyReview by Yeroglyf
- Bar length tunable (45/55cm). Soft ends. I use 45cm with 7m, 45/55 with 9 depending on what I want to do, 55 with 13m.
20+3 m length for lines. I love 7 and 9 with 20m lines, they became toys.
13m works perfectly with 12m lines extensions, thus increasing low end.
The bar allow you to choose flag mode (see video) wich is great!
I use one Front line flag for 4 lines kites and 5th flag for combat.
You can connect in suicide leash to keep the kite in air when missing the bar, but having 100% depower on 5th line if you push the realase (in case something go wrong... like take off or landings)
This bar does all at great price, and after more than 50 sessions, I can say it is reliable and it will last for a long time.
Best price/quality for sure, but maybe alse.... just the best bar! (long lasting gear is for me really important, it is not the case with some of the other "hi-tec" products of other brands...) (Posted on 17/07/14)
- Very good product Review by Samuel
For years, people who have been trying my Switch kites were very impressed by their quality their performance and their price ! However, they was most of the time a little disappointment about the first version of the controller. To my mind, this product was doing his job and it is still doing it but Switch has to move to the next level and the second version of the bar was a very important step for all of us. Well, to my opinion, the challenge is met guys ! I would like to highlight a few points :
- The design is maybe not the most important but this is clearly something Switch improved with that blue and well-shaped bar.
- The safety is now one of the most reliable on the market and the most versatile I have ever seen. This is useless to write more about it : thanks to a new elaborated swivel, you can chose the type of safety you prefer depending of your level and your way to ride. This video is showing you the different possibilities : https://vimeo.com/80572941
- Durability. The grip of the bar is not only more comfortable but also very durable. Mostly, the center piece is now a master piece ! This piece has been polished for preventing depower wear and this is something to take into consideration when you see how much other brand can sell you a simple new depower rope (around 20 euros or more most of the time).
- Switch also succeed to keep the advantages of the first product version such has the depower system which is very user friendly with a safe cleat and an ergonomic release system. Oh ! And also, do not forget that all spear parts of you bar are still available on your continent for a very democratic price ;-)
I may forget some points but you will discover them by yourself ;-)
About the cons ? You can watch my other reviews to notice that I can be critical about a product but I am afraid that so far, I did not notice disadvantages about the Controler V2 designed by Switch Kites.
Congrats to the Switch Team ! Keep it on guys !
(Posted on 28/04/14)
- Controller2 , Que demander de plus ?Review by Elyes
Après une quinzaine de sessions avec la barre de control ; Controller2 Switchkites, en freeride ,en freestyle et surf, j’ai réellement apprécié les améliorations apportées sur cette nouvelle version du Controller.
Du point de vu construction rien à dire, c’est du top et du robuste, et même si la barre semble un peu lourde en main cela ne se sent pas en navigation.
Elle offre plusieurs possibilités de réglage et peut être utilisée avec toute aile qui nécessite la même longueur , sur les avant et les arrière, à mesurer quand la barre est complètement bordée et frein lâché) .
Il est aussi possible de choisir entre deux modes de largage :
1. Largage sur un des avants (ce qui fait perdre complètement la puissance de l’aile) avec la possibilité de connecter, grâce à l’anneau double, en suicide leash pour facilité la reprise dans les tricks décrochés.
2. Largage sur la mini 5ème ligne , qui donne un résultats intermédiaire et qui permet de rester sur les 2 avants en perdant assez de puissance (plus que dans le cas du suicide leash) et facilite ainsi le redécollage. (c’est le système de la version précédente)
La prise en main du grip est très agréable.
Les extrémités de la barre sont souples, grand avantage pour la planche de surf.
Le border/choquer, a été allonger pour avoir une plage de frein plus grande.
A l’extrémité du frein vous trouverez un Balle qui s’accroche au niveau du border choquer et vous évites d’avoir le bout du frein qui s’enroule sur vos lignes. Prenez quelques minutes pour apprendre à l’utiliser vous verrez c’est simple et très efficace.
Switchkites ont rajouté un ajusteur de lignes ( line calibrator) qui permet d’une manière simple de vérifier et ajuster la longueur de vos ligne, Un système très intéressant surtout pour les amateur de kite loop qui ont souvent les avants qui s’allongent avec le temps et leurs ailes qui change de comportement sans comprendre pourquoi .
Finalement un « swivel » qui marche très bien (ce qui est très rare)
Pour conclure une excellente barre a prix raisonnable ( et même sans voir le prix).
(Posted on 4/03/14)
- excellentReview by Vladimir
- strip of very good quality) all works well without delay (Posted on 18/02/14)
- Most Blue Bar on the market...and..Review by mogmachine
I am someone who was super happy with the v1, ...my only complaint was the grip, so in response to this the v2 bar does indeed have a much better grip.
Other than that a lot is the same from my perspective, other than its apparent blueness which clearly matches all of my equipment much better.
On a serious note, ..this is one of the most versatile bars on the market, ..whether you fly Switch kite or any other kite, you can use this bar. Everything can be trimmed and changed to how you want it, all explained on the Switch Vimeo Channel and it even comes with a line checker to make verifying your lines lengths a piece of cake.
Other updates, ..the de-power toggle now clips to the line (for all those who had not previously mastered velcro in v1) ...and most notably you can setup the bar for 2 different type of safety (single front line, double front line or 5th).
For the price and quality you could not ask for a better bar, ..and if I had to find a fault I would complain that both floaters are the same colour, ..i mean, ..black and blue !!! ..why not one ...erm, ..blue and black? :) (Posted on 17/12/13)
- Great BarReview by Simon
- Tried my new controller 2 bar yesterday and was very chuffed. I used it on a North Fuse kite and simply changed the line pigtail to align with the North configuration. The low V on the front lines was something I was not aware of but it was a real bonus when I self landed. The feel of the bar was less bulky and more efficient than my North trust bar which is now relegated to being my spare bar. (Posted on 10/12/13)