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Overview

Overview //Controller2

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.

SAFE
 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.

EASY
 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.

STRONG
 Extreme testing
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.

UNIVERSAL
 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.

Controller2

In the box


Technology

Technology //Controller2

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Manual

Manual //Controller2


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: warranty@switchkites.com


Safety

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.

Get Educated

Before attempting to kitesurf we recommend you get lessons from a qualified kitesurf instructor.
Kitesurfing Schools

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.

WARNING!

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.

Safety Options

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.

Video 1

Video 2

Quick Release

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.

Control Bar

The Control Bar can easily be set at 55cm or 45cm to better suit your kite size and riding style.

De-Power

Our De-Power system is controlled by the Cleat and De-Power ball.

Cleat

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.

De-Power ball

The De-Power ball can secured quickly to the chicken loop line to keep excess line out of the way.

Floating Stopper

The Floating Stopper can easily be positioned and push force adjusted to suit riding style.

Lines

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.

Connect

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.



Reviews

Reviews //Controller2

Happy / Muy contentoReview by Arnaud
I love this bar !! great setup in 4 lines and 5 lines, Good grip, Perfect bar size, Good quality
i also used it with my north REBEL 5lines and Perfect

Me encanta esta barra !! Funciona con 4 o 5 lineas (probado con mi north rebel y perfecto) buena qualidad y buen tamaño de barra, el grip tambien es muy bueno.

Gracias switch (Posted on 1/09/14)
Controller 2Review by Will
When I got the controller 2 I was very excited because it is easy and safe to use.
This bar is very strong so that means they won't stretch at all. when I tried this bar I instantly felt the difference. I will never stop using this bar.
Ride hard (Posted on 31/08/14)
good quality and priceReview by Enrico
perfect bar is very functionality lovely (Posted on 22/08/14)
One of the best bars on the marketReview by Martin
The Controller2 is a fantastic bar with all the functionality you could want.
It offers multiple configurations on safety and how the kite are flagged when QR is drawn:
simple front line
dual front line
5e line
mini 5e line

Smooth and robust QR that you won’t pull by mistake. Though it is easy to trigger when the need arises! Easy to reconnect.
Smooth with a ring to attach the leash to. The ring can also be rigged around QR loop when you want to run "suicide leash" for unhooked riding where you do not want to flag the kite.
Really fat lines that are of a completely different material / manufacturer than the previous Controller1 boom. This means that these do not stretch as easily as was the case with the previous bar.
Very smooth swivel above the chicken loop which makes it very easy to roll up the twisted lines after rotations or kite loops.
Slim and comfortable grip on the bar, which lay nicely in the hands without generating blisters.
Good reinforcements at the point of contact at the pigtails on the kite.

Conclusion: clearly improved bar from previous version with super quality lines and materials. One of the best bars I've seen in my more than 12 years kitesurfing.
Highly Recommended.
(Posted on 22/08/14)
En av de bästa bommarna på marknadeReview by Martin
Controller2 är en fantastisk bom med all funktionalitet man kan önska.
Den erbjuder flera olika konfigurationer gällande säkerhet och hur kiten flaggas när QR dras:
enkel frontlina
dubbel frontlina
5e lina
mini 5e lina

Smidig och robust QR som man inte drar utav misstag. Samtidigt är den enkel att utlösa när behovet uppstår! Enkel att återansluta.
Smidigt med en ring att fästa leashen i. Denne kan även riggas runt QR öglan när man vill köra "suicide leash" för urkrokad åkning där man inte vill flagga kiten.
Riktigt feta linor som är av ett helt annat material/tillverkare än den tidigare Controller1 bommen. Detta gör att dessa inte ändrar längd lika lätt som var fallet med den tidigare bommen.
Väldigt smidig swivel ovanför Chicken loopen vilket gör det väldigt enkelt att rulla upp snodda linor efter rotationer eller kiteloops.
Smalt och skönt grepp på själva bommen som ligger fint i händerna utan att generera skavsår.
Bra förstärkningar vid kontaktpunkten vid pigtails på kiten.

Slutsats: klart förbättrad bom från tidigare version med superbra kvalité på linor och material/lösning rakt igenom. En av de bästa bommarna jag har sett under mina dryga 12 år inom kitesurfing.
Rekommenderas varmt. (Posted on 22/08/14)
Controller 2 is a very good bar for a very fair price!Review by Stefan
After using the Controller2 bar now for a lot of sessions I want to give my feedback here.
I like the materials it is made of! It offers a perfect grip! It is also very durable; I have no wear at all.
The Quick Release is like the one on the V1 bar. Works perfect even under rough conditions. It is also easy to reattach in the water. The donky dick is a little bit stiffer than the old one on the V1 bar. This prevents unwanted release of it. The leash attachment is perfect for half suicide mode.
The new depower ball is great. For me this new system works perfect, a lot better than the V1 Valcro system. I have no problems with the clip system get loose.
The adjustable stopper is also very good and nice to readjust.
I also like the new colors and design!
As always the lines have a very good quality. I never had problems with my lines. Also the 20 meter + 3 meter extension is perfect.
The automatic swivel does not work for me. But this is no problem because you can de-twist very easy at the quick release manually. I know no bar from other vendors where the automatic de-twist works fine. In my opinion an automatic de-twist is not necessary and makes the bar unnecessarily expensive.
The safety always works very well and the bar is really great. The price is unbeatable I really recommend this bar!
(Posted on 19/08/14)
First rate piece of kit at any priceReview by David
Like most consumers investing in something that's significantly cheaper than the alternatives, I had my doubts about a bar and line set that comes in at over a hundred pounds less than most other bar sets. As it was my intention to use it as a back up for my Bandits I figured it was worth a punt, but when it turned up and I took it out for a test I felt a little humbled by my earlier reticence. I had a little fiddling to do with the pig tails, because f-one use a larks head on both front and back lines, but after that the bar worked perfectly. The quality of the components is up to snuff and as I'm not affiliated with the company I don't mind being frank and referring to the fit and finish as at the straight forward no fuss end of the spectrum. The rub is: everything works as it's meant to. I've used it about a dozen times now and had no problems. Nuff said. (Posted on 12/08/14)
Controller v2Review by Mauro
Great bar, very good grip.
A great product at a great price! (Posted on 9/08/14)
qualitativ hochwertige Bar zu günstigem PreisReview by Johannes
Die Switch Bar macht auf jeden Fall einen ordentlichen Eindruck.Die Leinen, das QR und der Swivel.
Leicht schwerer als vergleichbare, aber das stört soweit nicht.

Jetzt nach 4 Tagen auf dem Wasser kann ich nur sagen, dass sie leider nicht so 100 % ist. Der Swivel drehte bei mir am Kite nie aus, was wahrscheinlich an den etwas trüberen und den entsprechend vielen kleinen Partikeln in dem Wasser liegt, die sich in den Swivel sezten. Vom Gefühl her ging er immer noch leicht drehen, aber irgendwie hat wohl die Kraft der Powerlines nicht ausgereicht..

Der Adjuster funktioniert gut soweit, doch ist es etwas tricky den an sich gut durchdachten Ballen auf den Depowertampen aufzuknipsen. Nach ein paar Stürzen ist er ohnehin wieder ab.

Der Umbau der Safety geht super einfach. Hier muss man echt die Videoanleitungen loben. Habe es auch gleich ein paar mal im Wasser zusammen gebaut. Einzige Schwierigkeit ist, dass man die Plastikhaube des QRs wirklich bis and en Anschlag hochziehen muss um den Metallbügel wieder einzuklinken. Bei viel Wind und Wellen wäre da ein dritter Arm durchaus hilfreich. Aber das klappt mit ein bisschen Übung auch recht einfach.

Insgesamt gefällt sie mir sehr gut und ist für den Preis auf jeden Fall unschlagbar.
(Posted on 7/08/14)
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.

love it.
(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)

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