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CONTROLLER 3


Latest Review

I own two Switch Controllers- the previous v2 and the current v3.These are really the only bars I've ever flown since learning to kite 4 years ago, but I've flown lots of other kites and experienced many other bars. The switch bar isn't the fanciest on the market, but it feels very solid and has almost* always performed. The depower cleat works well and is easy to use. I like how adjustable everything is, and most important- the bar is easy to work on. I've replaced parts and the bar continues to perform. There are a few areas that I could see improving- the chicken loop line and depower line are not treated or covered with any protective coating, so they ware and fray quickly. I've replaced the chicken loop line on both bars. The bar is also pretty heavy compared to everything else I've flown. I look forward to a lighter weight version in the future. All in all, this is a solid bar, and if you're buying a kite along with it it's a no brainer to get it for half price. *The swivel on my V3 was replaced under warranty by Switch because the hole in the center was slightly too small to allow the knot to pass through it when activating the quick release. This was a frustrating and potentially dangerous setup that Switch immediately rectified when I emailed them to let them know about it- they sent me a new replacement swivel free of charge.

Ethan

Availability: Out of stock

US$312.00

Overview

//CONTROLLER 3

SAFE
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
In a few simple steps you can easily customise Controller3 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
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
Controller3 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 Controller3 you will have to install a 5th Line Conversion Kit.

In the box

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Kiteboarding Controller3 what you get in the box
Kiteboarding Control Bar - Controller 3 - Switch Kiteboarding

Technology

//CONTROLLER 3

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

The Bar

The strongest materials and construction methods were extensively tested in developing the new bar.

Main Features:
- Perfect flex, strength to weight ratio
- Small constant diameter
- Indestructible

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

The Grip

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.

Main Features:
- Seamless
- Tacky – wet or dry
- Soft but incredibly durable
- Textured channel design for rapid water dispersion

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Centre Piece

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.

Main Features:
- Interpolate edge design drastically reduces line wear
- Forged, hardened, polished and anodized AL6061
- Maintenance free and indestructible

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

End Pieces

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 from 54cm to 45cm.

Main Features:
- Unbreakable stiff base structure for crisp kite feedback
- Soft corners
- Retractable bungee cords for line securement
- Adjustable effective bar length

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Quick Release

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.

Main Features:
- Effortless release
- 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
- Maintenance free

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Floating Stopper

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.

Main Features:
- Adjust the push away force from locked solid to effortless
- Integrated safety line holder keeps all lines organized and tangle free.

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Swivel

The above the bar swivel is the heart of our universal Controller3. 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.

Main Features:
- Single line flag option
- 5th line flag option
- 2 front line flag option
- Integrated free spinning pulley wheel for low friction power adjustment
- Indestructible
- Front lines within reach for self-landing

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Cleat

A proven design, close to perfection

Main Features:
- Height adjustable
- 5 special formed teeth that guarantee a secure grip without causing damage
- Extremely user friendly
- Compact
- Maintenance free
- Indestructible

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Depower Ball

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.

Main Features:
- Compact and light weight
- User friendly
- Indestructible

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Flying Lines

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.

Main Features:
- 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

Kiteboarding Control Bar - Switch Controller 3

Kite Leash

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.

Main Features:
- 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

Manual

//CONTROLLER 3

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 SchoolsSwitch Kiteboarding Link Thumb

Videos are an excellent way to help  brush up on your skills. There are a number of excellent dvd's available.
Kitesurfing Instructional dvd'sSwitch Kiteboarding Link Thumb
Youtube is also an excellent resource to learn some skills.
Kitesurfing Instructional Youtube videosSwitch Kiteboarding Link Thumb

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 Controller3 has 5 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 1 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 Controller3 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 3 to set up the 5th line option.

6 LINE - 6 line option

The Controller3 can be converted to a full 6th line system to be used with any 6 line kite. A 6th Line Conversion Kit has to be purchased separately and installed. There are 2 line length options, 20m, 24m.
See Video 4 and Video 5 to set up the 6th line option.

 

Video 1


Video 2


Video 3


Video 4


Video 5

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 23m.
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.

Regular Maintenance Checks

All kiteboarding equipment should be regularly checked and maintained to ensure maximum life and reliability.
The Switch Controller has some key areas that should be part of your regular maintenance check.

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.



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.

Solid, simple bar at a great price.Review by Ethan
Performance
Quality
Price
I own two Switch Controllers- the previous v2 and the current v3.These are really the only bars I've ever flown since learning to kite 4 years ago, but I've flown lots of other kites and experienced many other bars. The switch bar isn't the fanciest on the market, but it feels very solid and has almost* always performed. The depower cleat works well and is easy to use. I like how adjustable everything is, and most important- the bar is easy to work on. I've replaced parts and the bar continues to perform.

There are a few areas that I could see improving- the chicken loop line and depower line are not treated or covered with any protective coating, so they ware and fray quickly. I've replaced the chicken loop line on both bars.

The bar is also pretty heavy compared to everything else I've flown. I look forward to a lighter weight version in the future. All in all, this is a solid bar, and if you're buying a kite along with it it's a no brainer to get it for half price.

*The swivel on my V3 was replaced under warranty by Switch because the hole in the center was slightly too small to allow the knot to pass through it when activating the quick release. This was a frustrating and potentially dangerous setup that Switch immediately rectified when I emailed them to let them know about it- they sent me a new replacement swivel free of charge. (Posted on 25/05/17)
It's a bar! Review by Zach
Price
Performance
Quality
Who can complain about picking up a kite and a bar at half price (150 bucks). It's a no brainer. I used it for the first time today. It took a minute to figure the quick release out while skurrying to get on the water (I broke a rubber piece inside the release) but was able to get it figured out. After some
Investigation I discovered That rubber part I broke only helps with assisting the clip back in, so no big deal. One less thing to replace! Good solid bar. Nice fresh new lines for 150 bucks... get on that 1/2 deal!! (Posted on 4/04/17)
A little basic but does the job.Review by DJ
Price
Performance
Quality
Reviewed: with Nitro6 on twin-tip.

Quality: rather basic ‘North’ type quality. Early fraying of ropes through the bar visible after only a couple of sessions along with signs of spot rust on a complicated swivel. It is one of the heavier controllers on the market (but sturdy), and grip is a little uncomfortable after a long session. There are several improvements to be easily made by looking at Cabrinha and Ozone systems.

Performance: similar design to the 2014 North control bar, great flexibility with lots of adjustments possible including 5th line add-on, easy to use, extension lines included along with a useful calibration line for checking lengths. Resetting of the chicken loop is tricky (definitely not a one handed task), and depower cleat can sometimes miss-grip and will require a second try. Safety leash is too long with no way to adjust it, and drags in the water when edging (I’m 6” tall).

Summary: fairly simple but inexpensive bar without modern thrills, but it works well and simple to adjust. Lots of ‘unofficial R&D’ has been tried in the various forums with some great suggestions coming as a result. Hopefully some of these improvements are implemented in the next controller. (Posted on 27/02/17)
De vraies améliorations mais...Review by Pierre
Quality
Price
Performance
Petit retour d'expérience après un an d'utilisation de la Controller 3. Globalement c'est du costaud et ça se sent, on peut à peu près tout ajuster (longueur du depower, type de sécu, largeur de la barre...) ; les nouvelles couleurs, le nouveau tchoutch et l'aimant sur la boule du depower sont de vraies améliorations. Quelques petits ennuis cependant qui pourraient donner des idées pour la version 4 :
- perte de l'aimant fixé sur la ligne de depower par un caoutchouc -> à renforcer ?
- parfois la boule de depower peut venir se coincer juste sous la barre et se débloquer d'un coup, c'est assez flippant quand ça arrive -> remplacer la boule par une boucle de sangle aimantée ?
- usure prématurée des avants au niveau du passage dans l'émerillon dévrilleur : je vais devoir les changer au bout d'un an alors qu'ils en très bon état sur tout le reste de leur longueur, ça fait râler... -> modifier la forme de l'émerillon pour éviter les angles vifs.
(Posted on 1/02/17)
SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVEReview by Felipe
Quality
Price
Performance
- Good grip.
- Good feeling because the depower line has no cover.
- Very easy to customize for any kite. Easy to trim.
- Comfortable depower system
- Effective system for untwisting
- The system for changing the depower line is very easy to do it yourself at home.

It's the perfect bar for everykite, without stupid and useless ornaments.
Just a bar! No more!
(Posted on 26/01/17)
high quality bar with low prices Review by Jun
Quality
Price
Performance
I have been using controller3 for about a year. When I used it for the first time, I was surprised at Its high quality,but low price.I use 5th line when I riding legacy. So When changing from 4 line to 5th line, it was easy to use 5th conversion kit. Controller3 is easy to change the bar size according to the size of the kite.Also I exchanged the chicken loop line several times, it was very easy. Controller3 is a simple and very easy to use universal control bar. (Posted on 26/01/17)
Great bar at great price!Review by Francois
Performance
Quality
Price
I have had the Controller3 for a year and a half now. It's a great piece of equipment, with a lot of improvements since the first version. I particularly like the magnet included in the depower ball - what a clever idea!

I tweak my bar a little for my style of riding: I removed the donkey dick, and I set the safety on the two front lines. It only takes a few minutes. (Posted on 25/01/17)
Strong and durable Review by Mo
Price
Performance
Quality
No sign of stretch in lines. Bar is super solid dont think could break it if i tried. Swivels work well. Overall great bar for the $$. Also decent leash comes with it not a exra expense like some companies. (Posted on 14/01/17)
Awesome barReview by Ivari
I really like the down sheeting system of the Switch bars. It is effortless and does not require much strength to operate. It works well when the wind gets really strong. I love the product and I recommend it to all kiters. I really like the price as well. (Posted on 25/12/16)
Simply the best bar, less is more!Review by Robert
I love this bar. I had the previous models and now it is even better. What I like most about the bar:

- nice grip
- durable and no bungees and shit that dont hold up
- clean, less is more

If anything wears and you have to change it, its really easy. Not like many other brands where you have to order special parts and its a mess to change them. I sold my best black bars to buy switch instead, they couldnt even compare to the switch bar in my opinion. Previously ridden bars are cabrinha, best, f-one, liquid force, ozone, slingshot. (Posted on 18/10/16)
Rock solid but can be dangerousReview by Gerrit
The controller bar is a pretty sturdy piece of equipment. The grips are hard and structurized so if you grab your bar to hard it might hurt your hands.

Another down point is the deposed system. It works fine with a depower line which is held by kind of a clamp but the problem is the ball at its end. It does have a clip on its back to attach it to the line when not on use but to be honest: when I fully depower my kite and would need the ball to be fixed, I don't have the time to fiddle the ball clip onto the line. So it hangs down and when fully depowered, can tangle around the bar or the steering line! And that can lead to unintended kite loops and your kite steering into one direction hardly.

But I use my bar for 3 years now and it doesn't show any signs of wear.

Switch, please change that depower system! You promised me that you'd change it in v3. (Posted on 13/10/16)
Controller 3 good strong and simpleReview by Comar
Got two controller 3 for a year now, still like new, very strong construction, clean and functionnal set up, can change and fix everything very simple if need it.
Don't change it one of the best bar on the market for the riders that rides a lot all year long! (Posted on 2/10/16)
CONTROLLER3Review by Ana
It is a nice bar, good material, for sure it wont break, it is a little bit heavy.

The chicken loop is little, perfect for freeride but if you ride freestyle when you want to go hooked in again can be a little bit hard because of the size but you get use to it!

The handle's material is nice, my hands are happy with it (Posted on 8/09/16)
Great barReview by jonathan
Excellent bar, very strong construction. Great safety and love the magnet on the depower line to hold in place

(Posted on 4/08/16)
Conmigo desde 2012Review by Javier
Tengo la barra de Switch desde 2012 y no ha tenido ni un solo problema desde entonces. Muy fiable y de buena calidad. Mi próxima compra será esta barra!!! Controller 3!!! (Posted on 4/08/16)
A BAR I LIKEReview by don
Kiting in Hawaii provides a variety of different kitting places
I have owned Wainman and tried naish bars in the past, and will provide my review of the SWITCH controller 3 bar I now own.
While i admit i can be pretty rough with my equipment, there is nothing worse than having equipment failure in the water...On the lighter side it can provide great stories but can be dangerous too.
1. The steering line attachment points are just incredibly simple and fail safe. They allow quick and simple adjustment between short and long bar, they also allow you to visually check for wear at attachment points. My previous bar had molded end caps that would not allow this... I have now had two different line failures on bars with non visible attachments. I no longer will take this simple feature for granted... lines also come with pigtail adapters so you can fly any kite regardless if knot or larks head attachments.. the 3M extensions are easily removed (or added) with out having to dismantle from bar (like some bars).
2. The De-power is above the bar (my personal preference) with a cam cleat that has adjustable location allowing huge bar throw. The adjustable stopper is perfect to prevent total de-power when unwinding the bar from loops and can be adjusted to allow forced movement with some additional bar pressure . The end of the De-power line has a magnet feature which initially i thought was a complete flop. However when i was about to convert it to Velcro i realized the magnet on the line was installed backwards. Easily fixed i am still evaluating it,.
3. The bar grip is not the softest i have used but appears to be quite durable. Swivels at the center lines above the De-power and below the bar are far better functioning than i could have imagined (especially if you like kite looping). Safety features and disconnects are with industry standards..
4. Cost for bar and replacement parts is very well done.
In summary: This bar has every thing that i desire off the shelf without having to modify anything at a cost considerably below any in this category. (Posted on 26/07/16)
Great!Review by Joshua
I bought this one as a replacement bar, and not that I've had much experience with other bars but this one does the job and seems to be of a solid build quality, plus the price was pretty good :) (Posted on 19/06/16)
Another excellent productReview by George
I'm very happy with the new bar. Very solid, high quality materials, everything in easy reach and simple to adjust. Only thing is that the safety leash needs really a lot of strength to pull, which in case of emergency would be quite complicated. Need to see still if i can adjust it somehow.
Great buy all in all!! (Posted on 30/03/16)
Controller3Review by Mariano
Excelente barra, los materiales de primera calidad, el sistema de De-Power muy cómodo y práctico. Estoy muy contento con mi nueva adquisición y la recomiendo. (Posted on 28/03/16)
Nice quality barReview by Michael
I like the controller3, everything is within easy reach & it's simple to use with no unnecessary clutter. Comes with 20m lines with 3m extensions, I like 20m for wave riding - grip is confortable & hard wearing. I've used mine about 30 times now, with no sign of any wear - just another quality Switch product. (Posted on 13/03/16)
Awesome bar, Strong, easy to adjust, well thought outReview by Jon Siddall
The build quality on this bar is phenomenal.
In the 2015 UK winter storms I broke 4 naish bars ! so moved to switch.
The controller 3 will not let you down when its 40 knots+ and mental.
This bar can take a hammering.
Leash has a high breaking strain so if you miss a handle pass your kite wont fly off into the distance :)
Grip is good, comfy. Easily go 4 hours and hands felt great.

Dual anti twist systems work perfectly. Throw rotational tricks, easy to untwist the lines using the below the bar swivel.
20m and 23m line options are great.
Extremely high quality pig tails on the lines, easy to replace if needed.
Line quality again is excellent.

Good tutorials on how to set up the bar via the switch website.
maintenance videos are handy ;)
4 line or 5 line setup, I've flown it on both using Element4 and Legacy.
Ordered a spare leash, arrived in 2 days so shipping is fast too.
Easy to change parts.

The orange bar shows up well in the water.
Really Awesome bar and super strong.
Even better when its half price with a new kite.






(Posted on 7/03/16)
bar v3Review by aris
best value for money,universal bar easy to use,good quality with strong materials..and a big LIKE for a new color... (Posted on 21/02/16)
Tip top !Review by Sebastien
Qlq petites améliorations entre la v2 et la v3 mais bien pratique !

Le trim ne se balade plus grâce à un système aimanté, possibilité de réarmé le largeur à une seule mains grâce à un élastique bien placé. Tchoutch plus long et renforcé pour éviter tout dehookage intempestif

Le reste est toujours increvable, une excellente barre a ce prix, et surtout fonctionne avec tous les kites ! (Posted on 12/02/16)
Controller 3Review by Matt
comfortable bar, Quick release clean and easy to use. 50% discount made it unbelievable value for money! (Posted on 28/01/16)
de mieux en mieuxReview by Elyes
J'étais déjà satisfait de la barre V2, avec la V3 je suis entièrement satifait :).
Les améliorations sont remarquables en particulier le système d'attache du frein avec aimant c'est plus rapide. Le border/choquer semble plus résistant ainsi que les bouts de lignes.
Bravo (Posted on 21/01/16)
best bar!Review by Alex
hi, everybody. today I received the new Controller3 bar. it orange! new positive color. color of good mood! it is very good! I love even more. switchkites thanks! and if it is serious: it is the best bar which can be bought.
well, kiting is time!
with love from Kazakstan. (Posted on 20/01/16)
Nice barReview by Grigoriy
comfortable and reinforced bar, 2 swivels work excelent. Lots of setup options for easy use. (Posted on 18/01/16)
Love itReview by Tom
Coming from airush to switch I was really impressed with the controller 3. Straight away everything about the controller 3 was easy to use, felt like excellent quality and made the new nitro 4 I bought so sweet to handle. Making a complete switch to switch kites. Can't believe what I've been missing out on all these years on the water. (Posted on 26/12/15)
Mooie bar.Review by lennard
De bar wordt mooi compleet geleverd. Kwaliteit lijnen ziet er goed uit. Materiaal waarmee de bar is opgebouwd is degelijk. Vandaag voor het eerst gebruikt en hij voelt fijn aan in je hand. Depower werkt simpel magneet tegen het bungelen van het koord werkt leuk. De clamcleat is heel eenvoudig op lengte af te stellen. Kortom een fijne bar. (Posted on 22/12/15)
BegeistertReview by René
Hallo,
habe die Bar von einem Freund testen können und muss sagen, sie ist einwandfrei. Sehr leichtgängig und perfekt einstellbar. Bin so begeistert, dass ich von meiner Marke wechseln werde und zu Switch gehe. Kann nur sagen - Daumen hoch, super Arbeit und macht weiter so. (Posted on 9/12/15)
greatReview by tom
The Controller 3 handles easily and the adjustment process is simple. Combined with my Nitro 4 ............it was a dream come true in seconds on the water. ( I am new to Switch) (Posted on 6/12/15)
De-PowerReview by alejandro
Recientemente compre un KITE Switch con una barra control3
El sistema de De-Power parece mejor comparado con el sistema de freno de otras marcas.
Tengo una LF 12 metros y es muy dificil poder agregar o sacar freno desde la barra cuando el kite esta en la zona de potencia. vamos a probar al SWITCH y les cuento (Posted on 25/11/15)
PerfectReview by Robin
I have now a few sessions on the Bar and I love the bar.
Before the first ride I adjust the depower handle exactly to the position which fits to my arm length (also perfect for women and kids).The depower handle work pretty well without any problems in both direction. The line untwisting works also good over the the small ball at the chicken loop. You have anything you need at this bar and it works perfectly.

Ich habe jetzt ein paar Sessions mit der Bar hinter mir und bin begeistert.
Vor der erste Session habe ich das depower Handle genau auf meine Armlänge eingestellt (sehr gute Lösung auch für Frauen und Kinder) Das depower Handle funktioniert einwandfrei in beide Richtungen. Das aus drehen der Leine funktioniert super leichtgängig über den kleinen Ball(Gewinde) überhalb des Chicken Loops. Kurz gesagt man hat an der Bar alles was man braucht und alles funktioniert einwandfrei. (Posted on 6/11/15)
Controller 2Review by SurfsUp
I love how Switch makes it's controllers so easy to use. Very minimal details, very good grip. Love the depower line - no stress at all. (Posted on 19/10/15)
Now a perfect Bar Review by Andre
After the v2 bar i got the new v3 bar and a big plus is the better designed depower handle. It fits much better in the fingers as the old ball on the v2 and the magnet is pretty stong to fix the handle in position. Everything works fine and feels solid. Noticed the new movable knots at the frontline pigtails to get another option for line length adjustment, nice feature. (Posted on 16/10/15)
Great bar and improvements!!Review by Pedro
My v3 bar just arrived!
all new features are an improvement!
the color coding is excelent !
leader lines seems higher quality too and floats(higher density) probably float better, .
new rubber thingy for the quick realease is simple and works!
The new donkey dick is a molded part a nice improvement over the tube..
the under the bar swivel has been improved in internal size diameter and the emrgency line slides free.
The depower rope seems stronger and tougher.
the magnet depower ball is definately an improvement over the first depower ball.
upper swivel slides free better that my V1.5 version.
In all very pleased to have received it in 14 days from purchase.
Awesome bar!!! (Posted on 15/10/15)
improvedReview by Mirko
The release handle is ergonomic with positive release forces for quick and easy release. Simple re-assembly saves time and gets you back up and riding faster. Magnet good idea!! (Posted on 14/10/15)
Same good quality as Controller 2Review by Salvador
Just got me a Controller 3, and it doesn't look much different than the Controller 2. Only thing I noticed is the different colors (apparently an industry standard, though I haven't seen many bars in these colors) and the magnet for the depower cord, which should work better than the previous system. Not that it makes a big difference but still, a nice improvement! Overall still the best bar I know that you can buy for that price (or even more!). (Posted on 13/10/15)
Belles améliorations!Review by Gabrielle
J'ai eu la chance de comparer la barre V2 et V3 côte à côte. Le résultat... La V3 à première vue est fais de matériaux de meilleur qualité. Les plastiques semblent plus résistant. La boule de depower est beaucoup plus agréable en mains et est plus facile à accrocher grâce à un aimant. La queue de singe est plus rigide se qui empêche le unhook involontaire qui pouvait arriver avec la v2. Voila ce qui a ressorti selon moi!!!! En somme, un belle barre de meilleur qualité avec plusieurs améliorations qui vont vous la faire adorer! (Posted on 30/09/15)

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Reviews //CONTROLLER 3

Solid, simple bar at a great price.Review by Ethan
Performance
Quality
Price
I own two Switch Controllers- the previous v2 and the current v3.These are really the only bars I've ever flown since learning to kite 4 years ago, but I've flown lots of other kites and experienced many other bars. The switch bar isn't the fanciest on the market, but it feels very solid and has almost* always performed. The depower cleat works well and is easy to use. I like how adjustable everything is, and most important- the bar is easy to work on. I've replaced parts and the bar continues to perform.

There are a few areas that I could see improving- the chicken loop line and depower line are not treated or covered with any protective coating, so they ware and fray quickly. I've replaced the chicken loop line on both bars.

The bar is also pretty heavy compared to everything else I've flown. I look forward to a lighter weight version in the future. All in all, this is a solid bar, and if you're buying a kite along with it it's a no brainer to get it for half price.

*The swivel on my V3 was replaced under warranty by Switch because the hole in the center was slightly too small to allow the knot to pass through it when activating the quick release. This was a frustrating and potentially dangerous setup that Switch immediately rectified when I emailed them to let them know about it- they sent me a new replacement swivel free of charge. (Posted on 25/05/17)
It's a bar! Review by Zach
Price
Performance
Quality
Who can complain about picking up a kite and a bar at half price (150 bucks). It's a no brainer. I used it for the first time today. It took a minute to figure the quick release out while skurrying to get on the water (I broke a rubber piece inside the release) but was able to get it figured out. After some
Investigation I discovered That rubber part I broke only helps with assisting the clip back in, so no big deal. One less thing to replace! Good solid bar. Nice fresh new lines for 150 bucks... get on that 1/2 deal!! (Posted on 4/04/17)
A little basic but does the job.Review by DJ
Price
Performance
Quality
Reviewed: with Nitro6 on twin-tip.

Quality: rather basic ‘North’ type quality. Early fraying of ropes through the bar visible after only a couple of sessions along with signs of spot rust on a complicated swivel. It is one of the heavier controllers on the market (but sturdy), and grip is a little uncomfortable after a long session. There are several improvements to be easily made by looking at Cabrinha and Ozone systems.

Performance: similar design to the 2014 North control bar, great flexibility with lots of adjustments possible including 5th line add-on, easy to use, extension lines included along with a useful calibration line for checking lengths. Resetting of the chicken loop is tricky (definitely not a one handed task), and depower cleat can sometimes miss-grip and will require a second try. Safety leash is too long with no way to adjust it, and drags in the water when edging (I’m 6” tall).

Summary: fairly simple but inexpensive bar without modern thrills, but it works well and simple to adjust. Lots of ‘unofficial R&D’ has been tried in the various forums with some great suggestions coming as a result. Hopefully some of these improvements are implemented in the next controller. (Posted on 27/02/17)
De vraies améliorations mais...Review by Pierre
Quality
Price
Performance
Petit retour d'expérience après un an d'utilisation de la Controller 3. Globalement c'est du costaud et ça se sent, on peut à peu près tout ajuster (longueur du depower, type de sécu, largeur de la barre...) ; les nouvelles couleurs, le nouveau tchoutch et l'aimant sur la boule du depower sont de vraies améliorations. Quelques petits ennuis cependant qui pourraient donner des idées pour la version 4 :
- perte de l'aimant fixé sur la ligne de depower par un caoutchouc -> à renforcer ?
- parfois la boule de depower peut venir se coincer juste sous la barre et se débloquer d'un coup, c'est assez flippant quand ça arrive -> remplacer la boule par une boucle de sangle aimantée ?
- usure prématurée des avants au niveau du passage dans l'émerillon dévrilleur : je vais devoir les changer au bout d'un an alors qu'ils en très bon état sur tout le reste de leur longueur, ça fait râler... -> modifier la forme de l'émerillon pour éviter les angles vifs.
(Posted on 1/02/17)
SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVEReview by Felipe
Quality
Price
Performance
- Good grip.
- Good feeling because the depower line has no cover.
- Very easy to customize for any kite. Easy to trim.
- Comfortable depower system
- Effective system for untwisting
- The system for changing the depower line is very easy to do it yourself at home.

It's the perfect bar for everykite, without stupid and useless ornaments.
Just a bar! No more!
(Posted on 26/01/17)
high quality bar with low prices Review by Jun
Quality
Price
Performance
I have been using controller3 for about a year. When I used it for the first time, I was surprised at Its high quality,but low price.I use 5th line when I riding legacy. So When changing from 4 line to 5th line, it was easy to use 5th conversion kit. Controller3 is easy to change the bar size according to the size of the kite.Also I exchanged the chicken loop line several times, it was very easy. Controller3 is a simple and very easy to use universal control bar. (Posted on 26/01/17)
Great bar at great price!Review by Francois
Performance
Quality
Price
I have had the Controller3 for a year and a half now. It's a great piece of equipment, with a lot of improvements since the first version. I particularly like the magnet included in the depower ball - what a clever idea!

I tweak my bar a little for my style of riding: I removed the donkey dick, and I set the safety on the two front lines. It only takes a few minutes. (Posted on 25/01/17)
Strong and durable Review by Mo
Price
Performance
Quality
No sign of stretch in lines. Bar is super solid dont think could break it if i tried. Swivels work well. Overall great bar for the $$. Also decent leash comes with it not a exra expense like some companies. (Posted on 14/01/17)
Awesome barReview by Ivari
I really like the down sheeting system of the Switch bars. It is effortless and does not require much strength to operate. It works well when the wind gets really strong. I love the product and I recommend it to all kiters. I really like the price as well. (Posted on 25/12/16)
Simply the best bar, less is more!Review by Robert
I love this bar. I had the previous models and now it is even better. What I like most about the bar:

- nice grip
- durable and no bungees and shit that dont hold up
- clean, less is more

If anything wears and you have to change it, its really easy. Not like many other brands where you have to order special parts and its a mess to change them. I sold my best black bars to buy switch instead, they couldnt even compare to the switch bar in my opinion. Previously ridden bars are cabrinha, best, f-one, liquid force, ozone, slingshot. (Posted on 18/10/16)
Rock solid but can be dangerousReview by Gerrit
The controller bar is a pretty sturdy piece of equipment. The grips are hard and structurized so if you grab your bar to hard it might hurt your hands.

Another down point is the deposed system. It works fine with a depower line which is held by kind of a clamp but the problem is the ball at its end. It does have a clip on its back to attach it to the line when not on use but to be honest: when I fully depower my kite and would need the ball to be fixed, I don't have the time to fiddle the ball clip onto the line. So it hangs down and when fully depowered, can tangle around the bar or the steering line! And that can lead to unintended kite loops and your kite steering into one direction hardly.

But I use my bar for 3 years now and it doesn't show any signs of wear.

Switch, please change that depower system! You promised me that you'd change it in v3. (Posted on 13/10/16)
Controller 3 good strong and simpleReview by Comar
Got two controller 3 for a year now, still like new, very strong construction, clean and functionnal set up, can change and fix everything very simple if need it.
Don't change it one of the best bar on the market for the riders that rides a lot all year long! (Posted on 2/10/16)
CONTROLLER3Review by Ana
It is a nice bar, good material, for sure it wont break, it is a little bit heavy.

The chicken loop is little, perfect for freeride but if you ride freestyle when you want to go hooked in again can be a little bit hard because of the size but you get use to it!

The handle's material is nice, my hands are happy with it (Posted on 8/09/16)
Great barReview by jonathan
Excellent bar, very strong construction. Great safety and love the magnet on the depower line to hold in place

(Posted on 4/08/16)
Conmigo desde 2012Review by Javier
Tengo la barra de Switch desde 2012 y no ha tenido ni un solo problema desde entonces. Muy fiable y de buena calidad. Mi próxima compra será esta barra!!! Controller 3!!! (Posted on 4/08/16)
A BAR I LIKEReview by don
Kiting in Hawaii provides a variety of different kitting places
I have owned Wainman and tried naish bars in the past, and will provide my review of the SWITCH controller 3 bar I now own.
While i admit i can be pretty rough with my equipment, there is nothing worse than having equipment failure in the water...On the lighter side it can provide great stories but can be dangerous too.
1. The steering line attachment points are just incredibly simple and fail safe. They allow quick and simple adjustment between short and long bar, they also allow you to visually check for wear at attachment points. My previous bar had molded end caps that would not allow this... I have now had two different line failures on bars with non visible attachments. I no longer will take this simple feature for granted... lines also come with pigtail adapters so you can fly any kite regardless if knot or larks head attachments.. the 3M extensions are easily removed (or added) with out having to dismantle from bar (like some bars).
2. The De-power is above the bar (my personal preference) with a cam cleat that has adjustable location allowing huge bar throw. The adjustable stopper is perfect to prevent total de-power when unwinding the bar from loops and can be adjusted to allow forced movement with some additional bar pressure . The end of the De-power line has a magnet feature which initially i thought was a complete flop. However when i was about to convert it to Velcro i realized the magnet on the line was installed backwards. Easily fixed i am still evaluating it,.
3. The bar grip is not the softest i have used but appears to be quite durable. Swivels at the center lines above the De-power and below the bar are far better functioning than i could have imagined (especially if you like kite looping). Safety features and disconnects are with industry standards..
4. Cost for bar and replacement parts is very well done.
In summary: This bar has every thing that i desire off the shelf without having to modify anything at a cost considerably below any in this category. (Posted on 26/07/16)
Great!Review by Joshua
I bought this one as a replacement bar, and not that I've had much experience with other bars but this one does the job and seems to be of a solid build quality, plus the price was pretty good :) (Posted on 19/06/16)
Another excellent productReview by George
I'm very happy with the new bar. Very solid, high quality materials, everything in easy reach and simple to adjust. Only thing is that the safety leash needs really a lot of strength to pull, which in case of emergency would be quite complicated. Need to see still if i can adjust it somehow.
Great buy all in all!! (Posted on 30/03/16)
Controller3Review by Mariano
Excelente barra, los materiales de primera calidad, el sistema de De-Power muy cómodo y práctico. Estoy muy contento con mi nueva adquisición y la recomiendo. (Posted on 28/03/16)
Nice quality barReview by Michael
I like the controller3, everything is within easy reach & it's simple to use with no unnecessary clutter. Comes with 20m lines with 3m extensions, I like 20m for wave riding - grip is confortable & hard wearing. I've used mine about 30 times now, with no sign of any wear - just another quality Switch product. (Posted on 13/03/16)
Awesome bar, Strong, easy to adjust, well thought outReview by Jon Siddall
The build quality on this bar is phenomenal.
In the 2015 UK winter storms I broke 4 naish bars ! so moved to switch.
The controller 3 will not let you down when its 40 knots+ and mental.
This bar can take a hammering.
Leash has a high breaking strain so if you miss a handle pass your kite wont fly off into the distance :)
Grip is good, comfy. Easily go 4 hours and hands felt great.

Dual anti twist systems work perfectly. Throw rotational tricks, easy to untwist the lines using the below the bar swivel.
20m and 23m line options are great.
Extremely high quality pig tails on the lines, easy to replace if needed.
Line quality again is excellent.

Good tutorials on how to set up the bar via the switch website.
maintenance videos are handy ;)
4 line or 5 line setup, I've flown it on both using Element4 and Legacy.
Ordered a spare leash, arrived in 2 days so shipping is fast too.
Easy to change parts.

The orange bar shows up well in the water.
Really Awesome bar and super strong.
Even better when its half price with a new kite.






(Posted on 7/03/16)
bar v3Review by aris
best value for money,universal bar easy to use,good quality with strong materials..and a big LIKE for a new color... (Posted on 21/02/16)
Tip top !Review by Sebastien
Qlq petites améliorations entre la v2 et la v3 mais bien pratique !

Le trim ne se balade plus grâce à un système aimanté, possibilité de réarmé le largeur à une seule mains grâce à un élastique bien placé. Tchoutch plus long et renforcé pour éviter tout dehookage intempestif

Le reste est toujours increvable, une excellente barre a ce prix, et surtout fonctionne avec tous les kites ! (Posted on 12/02/16)
Controller 3Review by Matt
comfortable bar, Quick release clean and easy to use. 50% discount made it unbelievable value for money! (Posted on 28/01/16)
de mieux en mieuxReview by Elyes
J'étais déjà satisfait de la barre V2, avec la V3 je suis entièrement satifait :).
Les améliorations sont remarquables en particulier le système d'attache du frein avec aimant c'est plus rapide. Le border/choquer semble plus résistant ainsi que les bouts de lignes.
Bravo (Posted on 21/01/16)
best bar!Review by Alex
hi, everybody. today I received the new Controller3 bar. it orange! new positive color. color of good mood! it is very good! I love even more. switchkites thanks! and if it is serious: it is the best bar which can be bought.
well, kiting is time!
with love from Kazakstan. (Posted on 20/01/16)
Nice barReview by Grigoriy
comfortable and reinforced bar, 2 swivels work excelent. Lots of setup options for easy use. (Posted on 18/01/16)
Love itReview by Tom
Coming from airush to switch I was really impressed with the controller 3. Straight away everything about the controller 3 was easy to use, felt like excellent quality and made the new nitro 4 I bought so sweet to handle. Making a complete switch to switch kites. Can't believe what I've been missing out on all these years on the water. (Posted on 26/12/15)
Mooie bar.Review by lennard
De bar wordt mooi compleet geleverd. Kwaliteit lijnen ziet er goed uit. Materiaal waarmee de bar is opgebouwd is degelijk. Vandaag voor het eerst gebruikt en hij voelt fijn aan in je hand. Depower werkt simpel magneet tegen het bungelen van het koord werkt leuk. De clamcleat is heel eenvoudig op lengte af te stellen. Kortom een fijne bar. (Posted on 22/12/15)
BegeistertReview by René
Hallo,
habe die Bar von einem Freund testen können und muss sagen, sie ist einwandfrei. Sehr leichtgängig und perfekt einstellbar. Bin so begeistert, dass ich von meiner Marke wechseln werde und zu Switch gehe. Kann nur sagen - Daumen hoch, super Arbeit und macht weiter so. (Posted on 9/12/15)
greatReview by tom
The Controller 3 handles easily and the adjustment process is simple. Combined with my Nitro 4 ............it was a dream come true in seconds on the water. ( I am new to Switch) (Posted on 6/12/15)
De-PowerReview by alejandro
Recientemente compre un KITE Switch con una barra control3
El sistema de De-Power parece mejor comparado con el sistema de freno de otras marcas.
Tengo una LF 12 metros y es muy dificil poder agregar o sacar freno desde la barra cuando el kite esta en la zona de potencia. vamos a probar al SWITCH y les cuento (Posted on 25/11/15)
PerfectReview by Robin
I have now a few sessions on the Bar and I love the bar.
Before the first ride I adjust the depower handle exactly to the position which fits to my arm length (also perfect for women and kids).The depower handle work pretty well without any problems in both direction. The line untwisting works also good over the the small ball at the chicken loop. You have anything you need at this bar and it works perfectly.

Ich habe jetzt ein paar Sessions mit der Bar hinter mir und bin begeistert.
Vor der erste Session habe ich das depower Handle genau auf meine Armlänge eingestellt (sehr gute Lösung auch für Frauen und Kinder) Das depower Handle funktioniert einwandfrei in beide Richtungen. Das aus drehen der Leine funktioniert super leichtgängig über den kleinen Ball(Gewinde) überhalb des Chicken Loops. Kurz gesagt man hat an der Bar alles was man braucht und alles funktioniert einwandfrei. (Posted on 6/11/15)
Controller 2Review by SurfsUp
I love how Switch makes it's controllers so easy to use. Very minimal details, very good grip. Love the depower line - no stress at all. (Posted on 19/10/15)
Now a perfect Bar Review by Andre
After the v2 bar i got the new v3 bar and a big plus is the better designed depower handle. It fits much better in the fingers as the old ball on the v2 and the magnet is pretty stong to fix the handle in position. Everything works fine and feels solid. Noticed the new movable knots at the frontline pigtails to get another option for line length adjustment, nice feature. (Posted on 16/10/15)
Great bar and improvements!!Review by Pedro
My v3 bar just arrived!
all new features are an improvement!
the color coding is excelent !
leader lines seems higher quality too and floats(higher density) probably float better, .
new rubber thingy for the quick realease is simple and works!
The new donkey dick is a molded part a nice improvement over the tube..
the under the bar swivel has been improved in internal size diameter and the emrgency line slides free.
The depower rope seems stronger and tougher.
the magnet depower ball is definately an improvement over the first depower ball.
upper swivel slides free better that my V1.5 version.
In all very pleased to have received it in 14 days from purchase.
Awesome bar!!! (Posted on 15/10/15)
improvedReview by Mirko
The release handle is ergonomic with positive release forces for quick and easy release. Simple re-assembly saves time and gets you back up and riding faster. Magnet good idea!! (Posted on 14/10/15)
Same good quality as Controller 2Review by Salvador
Just got me a Controller 3, and it doesn't look much different than the Controller 2. Only thing I noticed is the different colors (apparently an industry standard, though I haven't seen many bars in these colors) and the magnet for the depower cord, which should work better than the previous system. Not that it makes a big difference but still, a nice improvement! Overall still the best bar I know that you can buy for that price (or even more!). (Posted on 13/10/15)
Belles améliorations!Review by Gabrielle
J'ai eu la chance de comparer la barre V2 et V3 côte à côte. Le résultat... La V3 à première vue est fais de matériaux de meilleur qualité. Les plastiques semblent plus résistant. La boule de depower est beaucoup plus agréable en mains et est plus facile à accrocher grâce à un aimant. La queue de singe est plus rigide se qui empêche le unhook involontaire qui pouvait arriver avec la v2. Voila ce qui a ressorti selon moi!!!! En somme, un belle barre de meilleur qualité avec plusieurs améliorations qui vont vous la faire adorer! (Posted on 30/09/15)

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