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ELEMENT 6


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Strong construction . High quality material Good jump good in waves Quick turner pivot Good to handling gusty wind Amazing color and design Performance and relunch very good Can really enjoying this kite For beginner to advanced kiter Good drift stability Great response Can really depower and drift the kite to the limit . So easy and fun to use . Great for kite schools Unbeatable price Great price great brand . I Have 10 m switch kite I buy the7 9 11 13 15 element 5 and six The nitro and the hilium , I have buy a total off 15 switch kite and i benn used kite for 3 year never hade problem or issues whit it . i kitesurfing for 13 year . Im very happy i can buy switch kites . I high reccomand Thank-you

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Overview

//ELEMENT 6

ALL TERRAIN


Design Process

We just focused on what you wanted.

JUMP, DRIFT, PROGRESSION, STRONG, LIGHT

With all our customers and team feedback, it was clear to see what you wanted from an ‘All-Terrain’ kite. Jump, Drift, Progression, Strong, Light.
With a fresh new design brief, we totally redesigned the Element 6 from the ground up with the sole focus of delivering exactly what you wanted.


JUMP,

The Element 6 is the easiest kite to jump we have ever made. All you need to do is send the kite and pull in on the bar. From someone starting to jump for the first time through to riders trying to mega loop, the Element 6 will be the easiest kite to take you to the next level. The Element 6 has phenomenal lift, drift, turning speed and most importantly, control - so at every stage of your jump you can easily and confidently adjust your height and come in for a soft landing. If you are into jumping, you have to experience the new Element 6.

DRIFT,

Excellent drift and control is very important, as any surfer or foilboarder will tell you.
The Element 6 has been tested and optimised to give you perfect drift while maintaining precise control and high turning speed.

PROGRESSION,

Easy and predictable. Everything from pumping up to learning a new trick, the Element 6 will make any task easy. Effortless bar input, instant re-launch, and super stable, predictable control gives learners and experts the tools needed to progress to the next level.
We have expanded the size range to include an all new single strut 3m, 4m and 5m. These small sizes are perfect for teaching your friends, landboarding, foilboarding and if the wind allows, storm chasing. The new Element 6 is now the most versatile kite we have ever made.

STRONG,

To take ‘All Terrain’ seriously, you have to make sure the kite is designed to handle anything. Storms, gusts and crashes. With an all new strength optimised design, 5 strut frame and Switch legendary bombproof construction, you can be confident the Element 6 is up to the challenge.

LIGHT,

The Element 6 is now stronger and more stable than ever while maintaining its lightweight. Clever design has allowed us to add an extra strut for exceptional all terrain stability while maintaining the light feel and lightwind performance of a 3 strut kite.


Is this kite right for you?

We have never seen a kite cover as wide a range of use as the Element 6. All the way from big air to foilboarding and from school to expert. We have never had more confidence in a kite to perform for anyone, anywhere. A true all rounder.

Quote

Marc Jacobs (pro freestyle):
“The New Element 6 is crazy, It's like taken all the great jumping aspects of the NITRO and mixed it with the drift and easy use of the ELEMENT 5. Awesome!”

Felix Pivec (wave legend):
“The Element 6 is a Super easy ride that is predictable in all situations. If you are looking for one kite to have fun on that can be used for different disciplines this is the kite for you no questions asked."

Daniel Kajavala (product manager):
“The E6 achieved the highest overall kite test score in Switch history. It even set new benchmarks in wave-riding and jumping. I expected good things from the all new design but frankly these record breaking scores caught me by surprise.”

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain


Performance

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Optimised size range

Every size in the Element 6 range has been individually refined to maximise all performance criteria. With the addition of 3 new small sizes the Element 6 is our biggest model size range ever, giving you the freedom to perfectly tune your quiver to suit all conditions.


6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 12m, 14m

five STRUT
Jump / Wave / Foil / Progression

o Optimized five strut design – The strongest and most stable platform possible.
o Size optimised Aspect Ratio through the range.
o Each size is refined and tuned to ensure each kite performs perfectly within its wind range.
o Sizes 9m and below have a slightly lower AR to increase performance in waveriding, freeriding and smoother jumping.
o Sizes 10m and above have a slightly higher AR to increase performance in lighter winds, better upwind and extra boost while jumping.
o Our new light strut design yields the highest strength to weight ratio achieved in any Switch strut.


3m, 4m, 5m

one STRUT
Wave / Foil / Progression / School

o Optimized one strut design.
o Built to the same super strong high spec construction and materials as the full size kites. Not a cheap toy. Use to teach or use in a storm, it's up to you.
o Size optimised Aspect Ratio through the range.
o Turning speed of each size is tuned match variable wind conditions and school programs.
o Fast and ultra light weight makes it perfect for hydrofoiling.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Sizes

Hybrid Shape And Profile

The heart of a kite is its shape and profile. The Element 6 delta hybrid design has been carefully optimised to give arguably, the very best lift/stability ratio. We individually optimised the width and length of each panel to maximise the ratio between lift production and weight. This means maximum ratio in the centre of the kite where we need maximum lift, medium ratio on the wingtip where we need rigidity and reinforcement.
This allows us to add a small struts on the wingtip to give maximum drive.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Profile

Strength vs Weight

Objective - Maximise strength through design, not by simply adding more material. It's easy to add material to make kites stronger but this inevitably increases weight and reduces performance, especially in light winds. Through clever placement of reinforcing and materials we have managed to make the Element 6 the strongest kite we have ever made while reducing the weight to make the new 5 strut design as light as the old 3 strut model.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Kite Strtength vs Weight

Power vs Size

The Element 6 shape has been carefully refined, optimising the % projected area. This means the Element 6 will have more power than most kites of the same size. More power, smaller sizes equals more fun.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Kite power vs size

Swept Wingtips

The Element 6 is the easiest kite we have ever made to water relaunch. The swept wingtips lets the kite freely roll over when re-launching and while also increasing kite turning speed.
Having a kite that is quick and easy to water re-launch means less swimming and more riding.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Wing Tips

Pulley Bridle

To make the Element 6 a true All-Terrain kite we had to fundamentally change the geometry of the kite. The best results were achieved with a pulley bridle. The simple pulley bridle system gives you a smooth gradient bar pressure optimising control and steering even when bar is push away.
To ensure strength and longevity we used the strongest and very best pulleys and lines available.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Bridle

Custom Tune

Customize your kite to suit your riding style and conditions.

LE Front Point
- More bar pressure
- More depower
- Longer bar throw
- Less stable

LE Back Point
- Less bar pressure
- Less depower
- Shorter bar throw
- More front-line pull
- More stable at the zenith

LE Middle Point is the best of both worlds. The standard point defined by Felix during our testing in Hawaii.

WT Front Point
- Slower turning
- More bar pressure

WT Back Point
- Faster turning
- Less bar pressure

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - Custom Tune

New Lite Kite Bag

The Element 6 comes with our all new Lite kite bag.
All you need and nothing you don't.

- Tavel super lightweight.
- Compersion straps, shrink your kite down or strap on your bar or pump.
- Adjustable shoulder strap.
- Extra large opening with drawstrings, easy kite in and out.
- Spare pump nozzle.
- 4 sizes XS, S, M, L.

Kiteboarding Element 6 All Terrain Kite - bag

Construction

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Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Strut Design

Light, Strong Strut Design

Our new light strut design yields the highest strength to weight ratio achieved in any Switch strut.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Stronger Leading Edge Design

Stronger Leading Edge Design

To improve stability for all riders in a broader range of conditions, the leading edge has seen a slight increase in diameter with reinforcing in key stress areas.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Canopy Material

Canopy Material

Next to the actual kite design, the canopy fabric plays a very important role in your kite’s performance. Fabrics, with different stretch characteristics, will have an important effect on bar pressure, turning speed and the overall crisp feeling of your kite. A quick and lively kite can become dull and slow with heavy bar pressure when made with a different material. Switch Kites is constantly testing different materials in our test laboratory and in real life applications. After 16 months of testing, we have chosen a new 56 gr/m2 double rip stop fabric which has a 37% higher puncture tensile strength in the critical warp direction, with minimal weight increase.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Trailing Edge Material

Trailing Edge Material

Modern kite fabrics are incredibly strong and durable considering their light weight. However, the two main enemies are UV and flapping. Unfortunately, a brand new kite sitting on the beach in high winds can be destroyed within a few hours as the rigorous fabric movement during flapping causes the coating of the cloth to break down prematurely permanently weakening it. Unfortunately there are instances where flapping cannot be avoided. We therefore use Chang Ho TT887, a 78 gr/m2 double rip-stop fabric which has a 173% higher tensile strength and excellent wind-flapping resilience in the trailing edge sections. As a result, we have substantially prolonged the life expectancy of this critical kite section.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Leading Edge and Strut Material

Leading Edge and Strut Material

We use Dimension-Polyant Dacron exclusively. Dimension-Polyant Dacron is the only sailcloth manufacturer with its own modern sailcloth-weaving mill and a unique finishing plant where the fabrics pass through a 14-stage program. Weaving, finishing and laminating – all in one location, made in Germany. It’s the most stable and durable structure that ensures the designed shape is retained for ultimate performance.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Double Dacron Strut Joints and Valve Positions

Double Dacron Strut Joints and Valve Positions

All stitching locations on any struts are internally reinforced first with Dacron and then adhesive-backed Dacron Mark Cloth to ensure the stitching doesn’t compromise the material. Strut seams are double stitched with a larger thread. Strut attachments are reinforced with webbing and all valve positions have extra reinforcing to prevent blowouts under high pressures and crashes.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Glued and Overlaid Seam Construction

Glued and Overlaid Seam Construction

We glue and double stitch the seams. One straight stitch folded over would be much faster and cheaper to produce, but it is simply not as strong.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Framed Canopy

Framed Canopy

Fully glued canopy framing of Dacron and adhesive-backed Mark Cloth for extra strength along struts, leading edge, trailing edges and wingtips.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Reinforced Strut/Canopy Attachment

Reinforced Strut/Canopy Attachment

We added an additional layer of Canopy material and a doubled angular reinforcement at the Leading Edge in all strut areas to create a solid foundation for our struts and reduce impact failure during high velocity crashes.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Canopy Attachment

Canopy Attachment

Why are we not using one single row of three-step zigzag like all the others? Every added hole in the leading edge weakens the structure. If you need to add holes, they must be spaced out as far as possible. We use a more time consuming two rows of two-step zigzag to produce considerable added strength to the design.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Bomb Proof Leading Edge Closure

Bomb Proof Leading Edge Closure

Double-reinforced with Dacron, the LE seam is fully glued, double-folded and double stitched with an exterior webbing cover for ultimate strength and durability. Extra heavy thread is used to protect against ruptures and blowouts.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - TPU Double-Seamed Bladders

TPU Double-Seamed Bladders

One is good. Two is better. We use two parallel seams on our durable TPU bladders, plus reinforced valve locations.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Rub Pads and Bumpers

Rub Pads and Bumpers

Custom moulded bumpers and lightweight abrasion-resistant rub pads wherever you need it during set up, launching, landing and packing.

Kiteboarding All Terrain Kite Element 6 - Uni-Pump Rapid Inflate/Deflate System

Uni-Pump Rapid Inflate/Deflate System

Pump up faster with our efficient high air flow valve and uni-pump system. Less pumping more jumping.

Specs

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Performance


Kiteboarding Three Strut Medium Aspect Open C Kite Design
Kiteboarding Performance Specs



Wind Range

This is only a guide. Different skill levels, conditions and board types can effect range. This chart is based off a 75 kg Rider on 135x41 Twin Tip.

Kiteboarding Wind Range



Details


Kiteboarding details

Manual

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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- External website link

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- External website link
Youtube is also an excellent resource to learn some skills.
Kitesurfing Instructional Youtube videosSwitch Kiteboarding- External website link

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 a 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.

Pump up

The main points to follow when inflating your kite:

    • Safe Area - Find and area clear of an shape objects.
    • Secure Kite - Connect the pump to the kite.
    • Air Pressure - The correct air pressure will help keep the kite shape when flying and relaunching.
    • Safety Checks - Clip off "one pump" strut valves and check leading edge, canopy and bridle lines for damage.
    • Secure Kite - Place kite face down pointing into the wind with something like your board fins up to weigh it down.

Attach lines

Set out Control Bar lines and attach to the kite insuring the bridle is not tangled.

Set up

Customize your kite to suit your riding style and conditions.

LE Front Point
- More bar pressure
- More depower
- Longer bar throw
- Less stable

LE Back Point
- Less bar pressure
- Less depower
- Shorter bar throw
- More front-line pull
- More stable at the zenith

LE Middle Point is the best of both worlds. The standard point defined by Felix during our testing in Hawaii.

WT Front Point
- Slower turning
- More bar pressure

WT Back Point
- Faster turning
- Less bar pressure

Use

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Switch kites are made to take a beating but there are a few things you should avoid to increase the life of your kite:

    • Rocks, Shells and anything with a hard edge can damage your kite.
    • Sliding the kite on sand and grass can wear and damage materials.
    • Waves and water pushing onto the kite can damage your kite.
    • Left stored pumped up in the sun and wind for periods of time will damage materials.

Pack up

The main points to follow when packing up your kite:

    • Dry - Let the kite completely dry.
    • Safe Area - Find and area clear of an shape objects.
    • Deflate - Unclip strut valves, unscrew main valve and place sideways in velcro cap.
    • Roll - Place bridle line on kite and slowly roll up pushing all the air out.

Care

Following these care tips can significantly increase the life of your kite.

Check

A regular quick visual check can help pick up issues before they become problems. Many kiters perform these checks when setting up and and packing up their gear.

Things to look for:

    • Uni pump system - Are all valve seals in place and all uni pump hoses free of damage and connected securely.
    • Bridle lines and attachment point - Are are lines free of damage and attached correctly.
    • Leading edge and canopy - Holes, scratches and damage from crashes.

Storage

Always store your kite dry and in a cool place away from UV light and any harsh chemicals.

Crash

If you have crashed your kite or your kite has rubbed against a hard or rough surface check for damage immediately.

If affected area is large get it repaired before you use it again.
Kite repairs

Lifetime Warranty

We stand behind all our gear 100%. In the highly unlikely event of an equipment failure we'll sort out the issue for you as quick as possible.

Switch Kiteboarding - LIFETIME WARRANTY
Great kite 5 starReview by Tropicalsurfhouse
Performance
Quality
Price
Strong construction .
High quality material
Good jump good in waves
Quick turner pivot
Good to handling gusty wind
Amazing color and design
Performance and relunch very good
Can really enjoying this kite
For beginner to advanced kiter
Good drift stability
Great response
Can really depower and drift the kite to the limit .
So easy and fun to use .
Great for kite schools
Unbeatable price
Great price great brand .
I
Have 10 m switch kite
I buy the7 9 11 13 15 element 5 and six
The nitro and the hilium ,
I have buy a total off 15 switch kite and i benn used kite for 3 year never hade problem or issues whit it . i kitesurfing for 13 year .
Im very happy i can buy switch kites .
I high reccomand
Thank-you
(Posted on 26/06/18)
does it all and moreReview by effisk
Quality
Price
Performance
I love my Element6. I have the 9sqm and use it with a foilboard and a surfboard.
I was worried about the 5-strut design and feared the kite would be heavy and would underperform in lighter wind. Not the case at all. I can fly on my foilboard where others on 15m kites and surfboards struggle going upwind. And when the wind picks up I just get my surfboard. It's a great all-around kite that performs extremely well in both light wind and in the waves. The perfect kite for me! I might just need an 11 for the really light wind days. (Posted on 14/06/18)
Probably the best kite I've ever had...Review by Marco
Price
Performance
Quality
Difficult to compare, since this is the last one I bought, but overall (price and quality included) I can probably say that this is the best kite I've ever had.
Since I got the kites, I could only ride the 8.
I own 12 8 and 5.
I ride with a surf (6.0) , the vanguard 5.6 and an hydrofoil (I'm a beginner: cannot turn but I can foil). I'm a big wave fan (cannot say wave rider when compare to people like Felix...) and not very much in twin tip anymore: so as far as jump lift etc....it's not what I look for in the kite and also I cannot tell since I haven't tried to jump yet! I will eventually try and post an update.
As far as performance it's awesome: very fast, great amount of power (I'm 90kg - 198pd): I was with the 8 and the others with 9 or 10. Then the wind increased and I was still having a lot of fun even if a bit overpowered. kiteloop: I use a lot when I change direction or when on the wave. very fast in pivoting. Just a bit much power when you kiteloop and the bar it's not totally depowered.
Excellent drifting conditions. Consider that before "switching to Switch" I was riding Cabrinha Drifter (5.5 and 8) and Switchblade 11. I was in love with the drifters...but this has all the best drifter features and even more.
Quality is at top level: materials and details are top. Nothing less then other kite brands. Every single detail is functionally designed.
Color si cool. I have both orange and yellow. Probably I like orange better (even if at the beginning it was yellow my favourite)
Price: unbeatable. I mean...I think you can get 3 kites, bar, pump bags for the same price of a complete North kite like the Neo.
I forgot the bar: very good. Cables quality are even better then North or Cabrinha. Only thing I don't understand it's why they have just redesigned the bar and the safety line is not inside the plastic hose with the other cables...It could worn out...

I will hopefully have a chance to try the 12 (very curios with light wind) and the 5

I will add to my reviews ....


Thank for the fun Switch Team!!!
(Posted on 4/06/18)
Excellent.Review by Icedub
Performance
Quality
Price
I finally got a chance to fly my 9m E6 yesterday, and just wanted to say: I love it!

Our local spot (Lake Champlain) is very high in the spring, and most of the launches are underwater. I had to self launch using an anchor and despite the launch area being full of sticks and debris, the bridal didn't pick anything up.

I was a bit nervous about the new Element seeing how different it looked from the old models (I upgraded from a 9m E3), but my confidence quickly grew. All I can say is, it flies like I would expect an Element to fly: Very predictable, stayed in the air through gusts and lulls, and was easy to use in general.

And, the hype about the improved loft is not just hype! I was slightly underpowered but I was still getting big floaty jumps! Kudos to the switch team for an awesome new Element. I can't wait to try my 12m E6 now! (Posted on 1/06/18)
6m Element 6Review by Stefan
Performance
Quality
Price
I just took out my new 6m Element 6 and I absolutely love it.
I went out in the the surf with winds around 30+ knots and man it was fun! the kite is super friendly, drifts very well and has a lot of power for the size.
I jumped 12m (recoded by Woo) and the landings were very smooth and with a lot of hang time (almost like the nitro) so you can relax and control the landings nicely after a big jump without plummeting down.
I think the switch team nailed it with this kite!
Cheers (Posted on 23/05/18)
A+Review by Mauikiter
Performance
Quality
Price
I first purchased an Element 5 in December 17 was very happy with the kite doing my usual twintip activities. No complaints, a fine kite.
In January 18 I decided to learn foil kiting, took a lesson and realized that I needed something smaller for windy Maui conditions.
Sooooooo, I bought a 4 meter
Element6 and decided to upgrade my ancient bar at the same time.
Had my doubts though that such a small kite would work out since my last small kite was a 2007 Best Waroo 5 meter and felt it was just too twitchy and gutless.
Let me just say that this is NOT the case with the 4 meter Element6. VERY stable with plenty of guts. At the same time the one strut design lightens it enough to stay airborne through the lulls. Really happy with this kite for foiling or strong wind surf riding on a regular board.
The control bar I purchased is also top notch. High quality lines, great depower, short leash (I had to tie knots in my old leash to eliminate unnecessary length so this really cleans that issue up),
The chicken loop release works great and is easy to reset even in the water. The loop size is adjustable (I'm just using the default but may experiment with it later). It comes with 3 meter line extensions giving the option of 20 or 23 meter lines. So yeah, I'm happy with it.
Thanks Switch for making affordable bleeding edge kite gear. I will definitely be purchasing more Switch products.
(Posted on 22/04/18)
Loving my 12m Element 6Review by DeLaFunk
Quality
Price
Performance
I'd come from riding element 3 11m as my goto an have a nitro 14 4 as well. I won't be needing either now. I had a 12m Cab Switchblade also. The element 6 in my opinion has the best bits of all the above kites. Extreme low end power like switchblade. Fast turning like 11m and boosting like the nitro. Can't tell you how impressed I am with this machine. I'm 90 kg on a 133 board. Its a great all rounder for where I live east coast Queensland Australia. So happy everytime I head out with my purchase. Thanks team Switch. (Posted on 17/04/18)
Good fatigue management and power Review by Gary
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Performance
Quality
E6, 6m rider 86kg PU surfboard. First thing I noticed was the quick snap pull onto plane and the increased boat speed. Next was the longer sessions before muscleuar fatigue set in. 6m now replaces my E5, 7m. It does every thing very well, no issues with pulleys. I only wave ride 8 years. Well done Switch Team (Posted on 15/04/18)
Incredible kite ! Review by Theo
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Quality
Just one word for describe the Element 6 and the bar C4X : AWESOME.

I particularly like the bar pressure, ( I can class it as medium ), the color ( Yellow is very bright ), turning speed, hang time and stability, particularly in gusty conditions !

You should try it. You will adopt it.

Have a good ride. (Posted on 1/04/18)
The ultimate all-round kite !Review by Gautier
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Performance
Quality
I tried my new Element 6 12m and 9m only with twin tip board. Before i ride Nitro.

These kites jumps really well. Not so high as the Nitro but with an impressive hang time.

The upwind and relaunch are really good.

I prefer the Element 6 to the Nitro for her versatility and speed.

I like surfing waves and jumping as high as with Nitro. Switch realise the perfect kite for me.

Congratulations to the entire switch team for their great work ! (Posted on 23/03/18)
awesome kite at an even better priceReview by kitearmada
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Quality
So we treated them mean, we were unfairly critical and guess what?

The Element6 and the new bar are AWESOME!

the 12m was riding the waves perfectly already at 15 knots (88kg 135cm board) with great agility and speed AND ample "pop" to jump over the waves. How freaking cool.

As the weather got worse over time we stepped down onto the 9m and man, ... for these prices (kite & bar) at max 1000 US$ it is an incredible great set. New bar - huge improvement - well done guys.

See you in Vic Aus or Lefkada Greece (Posted on 9/03/18)
Great KiteReview by Brent
Performance
Quality
Price
Even though I have had only 2 sessions on my 12M I could tell this is an amazing all round kite. The kite is very stable this is such a user friendly kite. I've tried it with my twin tip but can't wait to try it with a surfboard in waves and my foil board. This kite certainly would be good for kiters of all levels and riding styles.
The service and support that Felix and the Switch team provided when purchasing the kite was excellent. The delivery time after ordering the kite was very quick.
I truly recommend this kite and the Switch brand. (Posted on 18/02/18)
Just get oneReview by todd
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Quality
This kite is the butter. You will not be disappointed. Jumps,surfs and everything else great! (Posted on 17/02/18)
Real all terrain kite DeluxeReview by Robin
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The E6 is the third series of the element kites which I'm riding. The step from the E4 to the E5 was really big, so my expectation was high for the E6. When I saw the first picture of the E6 I was afraid that this an all over kite which could do everything but nothing really good. BUT that’s 100% not the case! It can jump and ride brilliantly.
I was riding the Kite now two weeks in Capetown and test the 6m in all conditions. First I tested the kite in a gnarly 50 knots storm with a twin tip. I recommend using at those winds the inner knots from the steering lines. The kite was still stable, the gusts were nicely absorbed and the boost was really nice. A big plus is that normally those small sizes lift you up quite fast but the way down is even faster, the 6m was still able to bring me down slowly with a nice hangtime. The next sessions were in moderate winds and here the same nice lift and nice hangtime :)
The element is my main waveboard kite so this is the more important discipline for me. Summary: It is a perfect wave kite! The Kite delivers power if needed, is fast, can be set to now power during wave riding and with the new bridle system the control of the kite in depowered state is improved a lot. You cannot really feel any longer if the kite is depowered or not, the behavior if still the same. Absolutely great work from Switch site! The guys have delivered again! (Posted on 14/02/18)
Awesome KitesReview by Richard
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Brilliant Kites.

Bought as soon as they were available. The 6m has been my go to kite so far this season. 18-30+ knots and this thing is awesome. My skills have improved out of sight and I am finally getting back to surfing with a kite rather than vice versa! Amazing drift, turning speed and depower.

I have both a 9m and a 6. They are big for their size, 9 is more like 10. I would also recommend the bigger bar, I find the 9m could do with it. Small objection to an amazing package.

Also the after sales support from Felix and the boys is amazing!

Rich (Posted on 13/02/18)
Новый классный Element6Review by Alex
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Опробовали новый Element6 12m.

Полноценным тестом это не назвать, т.к. кайт новичка, и я его обучал, на маленькой 42см.планке и 20м стропах.
Удалось немного покатать и попрыгать.

Первые впечатления:
Это Element, переработанный, с совершенно другой формой купола и практически не нагруженной планкой.
Отличная тяга с места сочетается с эффективным дипауэром.

Перезапуск на уровне,простой и логичный, обратный старт за задние стропы - тоже.
Удивил отличный дрифт купола, специально заезжал под купол, провоцируя передний свал, дрейфует в центр окна, тяга нарастает плавно и прогнозируемо. Уже хочется попробовать его с серфом!

Прыжки с переводом.
Как на Rebel, потянул планку на себя и полетел, мягко, долго и плавно сажает. Сначала показалось - невысоко.
Но когда стал прыгать через дерево- понял, плавный взлет-посадка придают эффект безопасного и низкого прыга.

На Nitro6 подобный прыжок требует четкого контроля скорости, зарезки и даунлупа при приземлении. При зтом все это резко и грубо.

На второй фотографии на заднем плане -Element4 совершенно другой шейп - у него плоская середина
Насчет 6 блочков в брайдле ничего не скажу. Короткая планка и короткие стропы не дают полностью оценить. Но даже с ней кайт классный. (Posted on 22/01/18)
Nitro fan tries Element 6Review by Randal
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I have been flying the Switch Nitro for several years from the Nitro 3 to the Nitro 6. Thought that was going to be my go to kite but then I read some reviews on the Element6. I decided to try one and ordered an 8m e6. I received it on January 8th and had the opportunity to use it on the 12th. The wind was not as strong as I would have liked but I wanted to try that kite. Boy was I glad I did. The kite handled better in the lighter air than I expected, but then the wind picked up. Being use to the nitro I expected more surge when I jumped. The element was much smoother as I launched a jump but still got the big air. As far as float time, it’s as good as the nitro. More sessions will help determine if it better float time. As the wind increased it became gusty and the element handled it well. Instead of feeling like you were going to be snatched off your board you felt a pull not a jerk.
I’m going to look hard at what my go to kite will be. The element offers a lot of flexibility and I want to start foiling and surfing.
(Posted on 16/01/18)
Very surprised Review by Wave punk
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Just finished riding the 6m2 in 18~25knots gusty wind. Onshore. 23m lines.

Good news, the six pulleys I was worried about don`t affect the kite all that much. I honestly could almost not tell...except for the power response in turns, which is just a bit lagy/ missing a abit of"punch" that the E5 had. Otherwise it flies super stable. The kite is easier to hold on to in stronger winds than the E5, giving it more stability.

As always with Switch, the 6m2 really feels like a 7m2 power/size ratio. I am 65kg and was just about right on surfboard.

Super nice hangtime during strapless surf jumps. Similar to the E5, maybe better. Just love it. 10 jumps on a Ozone Reo, can land 4 or 5. The same same 10 jumps on a E6 and im landing 9 out of 10.

Upwind similar to the E5, which is excellent.

Great Job on the New E6. (Posted on 12/01/18)
Weapon of choice.Review by Jakob
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Elements ;) : Small waves, chop, glassy flat. - Level: Advanced. Bar: C4X (55cm)

Full package: (Kite quality, colors, pullys, lines, canopy) Solid 10. The new kite”bag” has a strap to put on your shoulder! AWESOME! (However i prefer the big kitebag). The color is so bright that it almost hurts you eyes. The quality is in the high end, I did compared the things to a North Rebel.

Knots testet: Have been flying it from 17knot ( 9ish M/S ) to 27knots (about 14ish M/S) so far, know I can go higher, perhaps my max on this machine is 31 knots ( 16ish M/S) on a TT 140x43 Brunotti Youri Zoon 2016 with SP straps.

Steering speed compared to the Nitro6 9M: The element turns quicker, my setting is factory set for this one and the thing that caught me was that the element is full out stable! Its steady as a rock on the turns. For example, when you give it a big pull in the other direction while one a turn or in the air. The responds is very quick. You are 100% sure that the kite will catch you and bring you down easy.

Bar pressure: The bar pressure on the lightest setting, (On the tips) is light/medium, if you like not to get you arms pulled off, then this is the right setting. If I should compare to other brands, then I would say lighter than the Best TS 2016 9m, and a little harder then the Cabrinha Switchblade 2015 9m.

Relaunch/Self-launch: This is perhaps the easiest kite to relaunch, DEAD steady on the ground, no jumping up and down, no wobbling and when you got a friend to take it down, they can approach it very easy without running around. On the water the kite lays flat on the water and you do not have to do much to get it turned and up again.

Drift: If you let go of everything, maybe to relax a little while riding, the kite will follow the patch you “gave” it, I am not a specific wave rider, so cant say so much about it other what I mean about a kite that drifts.

Boost: On a skale on 1-10 (10 is boosting to the moon): 7 Not saying that the kite do not boost, its more of a lift, Compared to the Nitro6, the Nitro kicks you in the a** as hard as you want, the element is more like a lifting boost, you dont get the JOINK upwards as on the nitro, on the element you are giving a lift from start to top, you can feel when the lift is comming and it is so easy to get air on the element. You just have to go with it. Constant lift is very nice for me (not saying everybody like it), but when I am doing other stuff then just boosting to the moon all day, I like the lift to try new stuff.. I more and more like the way the element lifts, its different from what you usally gets in all-terrain kites.

Hang-time: If you want hangtime, get the element! Easy as that!

If you like jumping one day and old school like me the other, GET THE ELEMENT!

Ease of use: For riders who like a smooth ride and responsive steering, maybe are new to the kitesurf world or want to have a blast on the water with big airs, new school and hangtime enough to do EVERYTHING and afterwards still have time to look around before you come down, this is the perfect kite from Switch.

(Posted on 10/01/18)
Enjoy all Styles Review by Jun
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New ElementV6 is very easy to control and powerful. It’s Hang time like that high aspect kite is amazing. With enough hang time to enjoy the old school trick,Also is easy to make a kite loop. V6 uses three Pulley. Normally the kite using pulley has a slow turning speed, but I feel that the turn speed is faster than all the other kites that used the pulley-bridal. I tested with a very strong and gusty condition, but the pulley-bridal automatically stabilized the movement of the kite and it was very easy to control. Drift performance is also excellent and it is the best kite for wave riding and hydrofoiling. I use it from the generation of elementv3, but the V6 is the most powerful and controllable kite and also it is perfect for beginners and teaching because water relaunch performance is excellent due to delta shape design I think. (Posted on 2/01/18)
New Switch FanReview by JeffKay
First time Switch Customer.
Finally received my E6 and was lucky enough to get it out the same day. I ordered a 8m and 55cm bar.

Unfortunately I can not compare to previous models as I have never owned any other SwitchKites.

Conditions. 18-22 knots . Board 140 Tona flow - weight 77 kg - Location Altona- Victoria . Australia
Perfect power to enjoy my self. Even in this wind I was very surprised with the lofty little jumps I could get.
If I had to sum up this kite in one word. EASY.
The kite is very easy to fly and very predictable.
Responsive and smooth at all times when going throughout the bar throw.
I did ditch the kite a few times to test relaunch and it was no issue at all.
The Quality of the product is outstanding. Just as good as any established brand.
I'm very happy with my purchase and will be looking to expand my quiver .
New Switch fan. (Posted on 31/12/17)
What an upgrade E6Review by Bob
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I have been riding Switch since day one.
Mainly riding Elements from generation3 all the way to the current E5s
I was lucky enough to sample an Element 6 9m in Hawaii during my travels.
The kite was super easy to fly with an instant plug and play feel.
Coming from an E5 I noticed the instant response of the Element 6.
Had the chance to take it down some waves and was very surprised at how well managed to drift down the wave.
The kite has more of an even pull with an instant flip on itself in the turn.
De-power is awesome.Allowing you to shut it off at any time.
I guess this would also make it a great foil boarding kite.
Highly recommend this new model. (Posted on 20/12/17)
2 kites in 1Review by Kaji
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I'm a Nitro fan, Been riding them for years, I also have a couple of Element 5's I use in the surf and foil. I've been lucky enough to have a couple of sessions on the pre-production 7m, 10m and 14m Element 6.
To cut straight to the point I prefer the Element 6 over my Nitro's and Element 5's combined.
It jumps excellent, drifts excellent, bar feel/control is excellent, stability is excellent.
There's going to be only one model kite in my quiver now. Element 6 smashes everything I like to do kitesurfing! Jump, Surf, Foil.

I don't know how much the new kites are going to be when they launch but all Switch kites are awesome value so I can't see these being any different. (Posted on 20/12/17)
Revolutionary change for the ElementReview by Roberto
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I have used the Element 6 few times in the size of 9m and 12m.
At first look I noticed a big change compared to the E5. The shape is very different and it is a 5 struts kite with pulleys.
The bigger change is the way the kite flies. From the first use the E6 is predictable and easy to control. While the E5 is more aggressive in the turns,
the E6 holds a consistent pull throughout the all wind window and become very efficient as you take speed. This features in my opinion makes it a winner kite.
It is Perfect for beginners. I used the E6 for teaching and it makes the job much easier. The kite glide very nicely and it is very stable at the zenith,
speeding up the student's learning curve.
It is Excellent for advanced user. On the twin tip and I found that it is easy to manoeuvre. With minimum acceleration the kite pulls and then the fun starts,
with ease you can to control loops in transitions and jumps.
On the Hydrofoil the E6 with a nice glide keeps a consistent pull throughout the transitions making easier manoeuvres like air gybes and tacks
also creates a lot of apparent wind that allows you ride faster than on the E5.
Overall great improvement and quite a revolutionary change for the Element. Nice control, Nice speed, Nice glide. Highly recommended .
(Posted on 20/12/17)

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Reviews //ELEMENT 6

Great kite 5 starReview by Tropicalsurfhouse
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Strong construction .
High quality material
Good jump good in waves
Quick turner pivot
Good to handling gusty wind
Amazing color and design
Performance and relunch very good
Can really enjoying this kite
For beginner to advanced kiter
Good drift stability
Great response
Can really depower and drift the kite to the limit .
So easy and fun to use .
Great for kite schools
Unbeatable price
Great price great brand .
I
Have 10 m switch kite
I buy the7 9 11 13 15 element 5 and six
The nitro and the hilium ,
I have buy a total off 15 switch kite and i benn used kite for 3 year never hade problem or issues whit it . i kitesurfing for 13 year .
Im very happy i can buy switch kites .
I high reccomand
Thank-you
(Posted on 26/06/18)
does it all and moreReview by effisk
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I love my Element6. I have the 9sqm and use it with a foilboard and a surfboard.
I was worried about the 5-strut design and feared the kite would be heavy and would underperform in lighter wind. Not the case at all. I can fly on my foilboard where others on 15m kites and surfboards struggle going upwind. And when the wind picks up I just get my surfboard. It's a great all-around kite that performs extremely well in both light wind and in the waves. The perfect kite for me! I might just need an 11 for the really light wind days. (Posted on 14/06/18)
Probably the best kite I've ever had...Review by Marco
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Difficult to compare, since this is the last one I bought, but overall (price and quality included) I can probably say that this is the best kite I've ever had.
Since I got the kites, I could only ride the 8.
I own 12 8 and 5.
I ride with a surf (6.0) , the vanguard 5.6 and an hydrofoil (I'm a beginner: cannot turn but I can foil). I'm a big wave fan (cannot say wave rider when compare to people like Felix...) and not very much in twin tip anymore: so as far as jump lift etc....it's not what I look for in the kite and also I cannot tell since I haven't tried to jump yet! I will eventually try and post an update.
As far as performance it's awesome: very fast, great amount of power (I'm 90kg - 198pd): I was with the 8 and the others with 9 or 10. Then the wind increased and I was still having a lot of fun even if a bit overpowered. kiteloop: I use a lot when I change direction or when on the wave. very fast in pivoting. Just a bit much power when you kiteloop and the bar it's not totally depowered.
Excellent drifting conditions. Consider that before "switching to Switch" I was riding Cabrinha Drifter (5.5 and 8) and Switchblade 11. I was in love with the drifters...but this has all the best drifter features and even more.
Quality is at top level: materials and details are top. Nothing less then other kite brands. Every single detail is functionally designed.
Color si cool. I have both orange and yellow. Probably I like orange better (even if at the beginning it was yellow my favourite)
Price: unbeatable. I mean...I think you can get 3 kites, bar, pump bags for the same price of a complete North kite like the Neo.
I forgot the bar: very good. Cables quality are even better then North or Cabrinha. Only thing I don't understand it's why they have just redesigned the bar and the safety line is not inside the plastic hose with the other cables...It could worn out...

I will hopefully have a chance to try the 12 (very curios with light wind) and the 5

I will add to my reviews ....


Thank for the fun Switch Team!!!
(Posted on 4/06/18)
Excellent.Review by Icedub
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I finally got a chance to fly my 9m E6 yesterday, and just wanted to say: I love it!

Our local spot (Lake Champlain) is very high in the spring, and most of the launches are underwater. I had to self launch using an anchor and despite the launch area being full of sticks and debris, the bridal didn't pick anything up.

I was a bit nervous about the new Element seeing how different it looked from the old models (I upgraded from a 9m E3), but my confidence quickly grew. All I can say is, it flies like I would expect an Element to fly: Very predictable, stayed in the air through gusts and lulls, and was easy to use in general.

And, the hype about the improved loft is not just hype! I was slightly underpowered but I was still getting big floaty jumps! Kudos to the switch team for an awesome new Element. I can't wait to try my 12m E6 now! (Posted on 1/06/18)
6m Element 6Review by Stefan
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I just took out my new 6m Element 6 and I absolutely love it.
I went out in the the surf with winds around 30+ knots and man it was fun! the kite is super friendly, drifts very well and has a lot of power for the size.
I jumped 12m (recoded by Woo) and the landings were very smooth and with a lot of hang time (almost like the nitro) so you can relax and control the landings nicely after a big jump without plummeting down.
I think the switch team nailed it with this kite!
Cheers (Posted on 23/05/18)
A+Review by Mauikiter
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I first purchased an Element 5 in December 17 was very happy with the kite doing my usual twintip activities. No complaints, a fine kite.
In January 18 I decided to learn foil kiting, took a lesson and realized that I needed something smaller for windy Maui conditions.
Sooooooo, I bought a 4 meter
Element6 and decided to upgrade my ancient bar at the same time.
Had my doubts though that such a small kite would work out since my last small kite was a 2007 Best Waroo 5 meter and felt it was just too twitchy and gutless.
Let me just say that this is NOT the case with the 4 meter Element6. VERY stable with plenty of guts. At the same time the one strut design lightens it enough to stay airborne through the lulls. Really happy with this kite for foiling or strong wind surf riding on a regular board.
The control bar I purchased is also top notch. High quality lines, great depower, short leash (I had to tie knots in my old leash to eliminate unnecessary length so this really cleans that issue up),
The chicken loop release works great and is easy to reset even in the water. The loop size is adjustable (I'm just using the default but may experiment with it later). It comes with 3 meter line extensions giving the option of 20 or 23 meter lines. So yeah, I'm happy with it.
Thanks Switch for making affordable bleeding edge kite gear. I will definitely be purchasing more Switch products.
(Posted on 22/04/18)
Loving my 12m Element 6Review by DeLaFunk
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I'd come from riding element 3 11m as my goto an have a nitro 14 4 as well. I won't be needing either now. I had a 12m Cab Switchblade also. The element 6 in my opinion has the best bits of all the above kites. Extreme low end power like switchblade. Fast turning like 11m and boosting like the nitro. Can't tell you how impressed I am with this machine. I'm 90 kg on a 133 board. Its a great all rounder for where I live east coast Queensland Australia. So happy everytime I head out with my purchase. Thanks team Switch. (Posted on 17/04/18)
Good fatigue management and power Review by Gary
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E6, 6m rider 86kg PU surfboard. First thing I noticed was the quick snap pull onto plane and the increased boat speed. Next was the longer sessions before muscleuar fatigue set in. 6m now replaces my E5, 7m. It does every thing very well, no issues with pulleys. I only wave ride 8 years. Well done Switch Team (Posted on 15/04/18)
Incredible kite ! Review by Theo
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Just one word for describe the Element 6 and the bar C4X : AWESOME.

I particularly like the bar pressure, ( I can class it as medium ), the color ( Yellow is very bright ), turning speed, hang time and stability, particularly in gusty conditions !

You should try it. You will adopt it.

Have a good ride. (Posted on 1/04/18)
The ultimate all-round kite !Review by Gautier
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I tried my new Element 6 12m and 9m only with twin tip board. Before i ride Nitro.

These kites jumps really well. Not so high as the Nitro but with an impressive hang time.

The upwind and relaunch are really good.

I prefer the Element 6 to the Nitro for her versatility and speed.

I like surfing waves and jumping as high as with Nitro. Switch realise the perfect kite for me.

Congratulations to the entire switch team for their great work ! (Posted on 23/03/18)
awesome kite at an even better priceReview by kitearmada
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So we treated them mean, we were unfairly critical and guess what?

The Element6 and the new bar are AWESOME!

the 12m was riding the waves perfectly already at 15 knots (88kg 135cm board) with great agility and speed AND ample "pop" to jump over the waves. How freaking cool.

As the weather got worse over time we stepped down onto the 9m and man, ... for these prices (kite & bar) at max 1000 US$ it is an incredible great set. New bar - huge improvement - well done guys.

See you in Vic Aus or Lefkada Greece (Posted on 9/03/18)
Great KiteReview by Brent
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Even though I have had only 2 sessions on my 12M I could tell this is an amazing all round kite. The kite is very stable this is such a user friendly kite. I've tried it with my twin tip but can't wait to try it with a surfboard in waves and my foil board. This kite certainly would be good for kiters of all levels and riding styles.
The service and support that Felix and the Switch team provided when purchasing the kite was excellent. The delivery time after ordering the kite was very quick.
I truly recommend this kite and the Switch brand. (Posted on 18/02/18)
Just get oneReview by todd
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This kite is the butter. You will not be disappointed. Jumps,surfs and everything else great! (Posted on 17/02/18)
Real all terrain kite DeluxeReview by Robin
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The E6 is the third series of the element kites which I'm riding. The step from the E4 to the E5 was really big, so my expectation was high for the E6. When I saw the first picture of the E6 I was afraid that this an all over kite which could do everything but nothing really good. BUT that’s 100% not the case! It can jump and ride brilliantly.
I was riding the Kite now two weeks in Capetown and test the 6m in all conditions. First I tested the kite in a gnarly 50 knots storm with a twin tip. I recommend using at those winds the inner knots from the steering lines. The kite was still stable, the gusts were nicely absorbed and the boost was really nice. A big plus is that normally those small sizes lift you up quite fast but the way down is even faster, the 6m was still able to bring me down slowly with a nice hangtime. The next sessions were in moderate winds and here the same nice lift and nice hangtime :)
The element is my main waveboard kite so this is the more important discipline for me. Summary: It is a perfect wave kite! The Kite delivers power if needed, is fast, can be set to now power during wave riding and with the new bridle system the control of the kite in depowered state is improved a lot. You cannot really feel any longer if the kite is depowered or not, the behavior if still the same. Absolutely great work from Switch site! The guys have delivered again! (Posted on 14/02/18)
Awesome KitesReview by Richard
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Brilliant Kites.

Bought as soon as they were available. The 6m has been my go to kite so far this season. 18-30+ knots and this thing is awesome. My skills have improved out of sight and I am finally getting back to surfing with a kite rather than vice versa! Amazing drift, turning speed and depower.

I have both a 9m and a 6. They are big for their size, 9 is more like 10. I would also recommend the bigger bar, I find the 9m could do with it. Small objection to an amazing package.

Also the after sales support from Felix and the boys is amazing!

Rich (Posted on 13/02/18)
Новый классный Element6Review by Alex
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Опробовали новый Element6 12m.

Полноценным тестом это не назвать, т.к. кайт новичка, и я его обучал, на маленькой 42см.планке и 20м стропах.
Удалось немного покатать и попрыгать.

Первые впечатления:
Это Element, переработанный, с совершенно другой формой купола и практически не нагруженной планкой.
Отличная тяга с места сочетается с эффективным дипауэром.

Перезапуск на уровне,простой и логичный, обратный старт за задние стропы - тоже.
Удивил отличный дрифт купола, специально заезжал под купол, провоцируя передний свал, дрейфует в центр окна, тяга нарастает плавно и прогнозируемо. Уже хочется попробовать его с серфом!

Прыжки с переводом.
Как на Rebel, потянул планку на себя и полетел, мягко, долго и плавно сажает. Сначала показалось - невысоко.
Но когда стал прыгать через дерево- понял, плавный взлет-посадка придают эффект безопасного и низкого прыга.

На Nitro6 подобный прыжок требует четкого контроля скорости, зарезки и даунлупа при приземлении. При зтом все это резко и грубо.

На второй фотографии на заднем плане -Element4 совершенно другой шейп - у него плоская середина
Насчет 6 блочков в брайдле ничего не скажу. Короткая планка и короткие стропы не дают полностью оценить. Но даже с ней кайт классный. (Posted on 22/01/18)
Nitro fan tries Element 6Review by Randal
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I have been flying the Switch Nitro for several years from the Nitro 3 to the Nitro 6. Thought that was going to be my go to kite but then I read some reviews on the Element6. I decided to try one and ordered an 8m e6. I received it on January 8th and had the opportunity to use it on the 12th. The wind was not as strong as I would have liked but I wanted to try that kite. Boy was I glad I did. The kite handled better in the lighter air than I expected, but then the wind picked up. Being use to the nitro I expected more surge when I jumped. The element was much smoother as I launched a jump but still got the big air. As far as float time, it’s as good as the nitro. More sessions will help determine if it better float time. As the wind increased it became gusty and the element handled it well. Instead of feeling like you were going to be snatched off your board you felt a pull not a jerk.
I’m going to look hard at what my go to kite will be. The element offers a lot of flexibility and I want to start foiling and surfing.
(Posted on 16/01/18)
Very surprised Review by Wave punk
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Just finished riding the 6m2 in 18~25knots gusty wind. Onshore. 23m lines.

Good news, the six pulleys I was worried about don`t affect the kite all that much. I honestly could almost not tell...except for the power response in turns, which is just a bit lagy/ missing a abit of"punch" that the E5 had. Otherwise it flies super stable. The kite is easier to hold on to in stronger winds than the E5, giving it more stability.

As always with Switch, the 6m2 really feels like a 7m2 power/size ratio. I am 65kg and was just about right on surfboard.

Super nice hangtime during strapless surf jumps. Similar to the E5, maybe better. Just love it. 10 jumps on a Ozone Reo, can land 4 or 5. The same same 10 jumps on a E6 and im landing 9 out of 10.

Upwind similar to the E5, which is excellent.

Great Job on the New E6. (Posted on 12/01/18)
Weapon of choice.Review by Jakob
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Elements ;) : Small waves, chop, glassy flat. - Level: Advanced. Bar: C4X (55cm)

Full package: (Kite quality, colors, pullys, lines, canopy) Solid 10. The new kite”bag” has a strap to put on your shoulder! AWESOME! (However i prefer the big kitebag). The color is so bright that it almost hurts you eyes. The quality is in the high end, I did compared the things to a North Rebel.

Knots testet: Have been flying it from 17knot ( 9ish M/S ) to 27knots (about 14ish M/S) so far, know I can go higher, perhaps my max on this machine is 31 knots ( 16ish M/S) on a TT 140x43 Brunotti Youri Zoon 2016 with SP straps.

Steering speed compared to the Nitro6 9M: The element turns quicker, my setting is factory set for this one and the thing that caught me was that the element is full out stable! Its steady as a rock on the turns. For example, when you give it a big pull in the other direction while one a turn or in the air. The responds is very quick. You are 100% sure that the kite will catch you and bring you down easy.

Bar pressure: The bar pressure on the lightest setting, (On the tips) is light/medium, if you like not to get you arms pulled off, then this is the right setting. If I should compare to other brands, then I would say lighter than the Best TS 2016 9m, and a little harder then the Cabrinha Switchblade 2015 9m.

Relaunch/Self-launch: This is perhaps the easiest kite to relaunch, DEAD steady on the ground, no jumping up and down, no wobbling and when you got a friend to take it down, they can approach it very easy without running around. On the water the kite lays flat on the water and you do not have to do much to get it turned and up again.

Drift: If you let go of everything, maybe to relax a little while riding, the kite will follow the patch you “gave” it, I am not a specific wave rider, so cant say so much about it other what I mean about a kite that drifts.

Boost: On a skale on 1-10 (10 is boosting to the moon): 7 Not saying that the kite do not boost, its more of a lift, Compared to the Nitro6, the Nitro kicks you in the a** as hard as you want, the element is more like a lifting boost, you dont get the JOINK upwards as on the nitro, on the element you are giving a lift from start to top, you can feel when the lift is comming and it is so easy to get air on the element. You just have to go with it. Constant lift is very nice for me (not saying everybody like it), but when I am doing other stuff then just boosting to the moon all day, I like the lift to try new stuff.. I more and more like the way the element lifts, its different from what you usally gets in all-terrain kites.

Hang-time: If you want hangtime, get the element! Easy as that!

If you like jumping one day and old school like me the other, GET THE ELEMENT!

Ease of use: For riders who like a smooth ride and responsive steering, maybe are new to the kitesurf world or want to have a blast on the water with big airs, new school and hangtime enough to do EVERYTHING and afterwards still have time to look around before you come down, this is the perfect kite from Switch.

(Posted on 10/01/18)
Enjoy all Styles Review by Jun
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Quality
New ElementV6 is very easy to control and powerful. It’s Hang time like that high aspect kite is amazing. With enough hang time to enjoy the old school trick,Also is easy to make a kite loop. V6 uses three Pulley. Normally the kite using pulley has a slow turning speed, but I feel that the turn speed is faster than all the other kites that used the pulley-bridal. I tested with a very strong and gusty condition, but the pulley-bridal automatically stabilized the movement of the kite and it was very easy to control. Drift performance is also excellent and it is the best kite for wave riding and hydrofoiling. I use it from the generation of elementv3, but the V6 is the most powerful and controllable kite and also it is perfect for beginners and teaching because water relaunch performance is excellent due to delta shape design I think. (Posted on 2/01/18)
New Switch FanReview by JeffKay
First time Switch Customer.
Finally received my E6 and was lucky enough to get it out the same day. I ordered a 8m and 55cm bar.

Unfortunately I can not compare to previous models as I have never owned any other SwitchKites.

Conditions. 18-22 knots . Board 140 Tona flow - weight 77 kg - Location Altona- Victoria . Australia
Perfect power to enjoy my self. Even in this wind I was very surprised with the lofty little jumps I could get.
If I had to sum up this kite in one word. EASY.
The kite is very easy to fly and very predictable.
Responsive and smooth at all times when going throughout the bar throw.
I did ditch the kite a few times to test relaunch and it was no issue at all.
The Quality of the product is outstanding. Just as good as any established brand.
I'm very happy with my purchase and will be looking to expand my quiver .
New Switch fan. (Posted on 31/12/17)
What an upgrade E6Review by Bob
Quality
Price
Performance
I have been riding Switch since day one.
Mainly riding Elements from generation3 all the way to the current E5s
I was lucky enough to sample an Element 6 9m in Hawaii during my travels.
The kite was super easy to fly with an instant plug and play feel.
Coming from an E5 I noticed the instant response of the Element 6.
Had the chance to take it down some waves and was very surprised at how well managed to drift down the wave.
The kite has more of an even pull with an instant flip on itself in the turn.
De-power is awesome.Allowing you to shut it off at any time.
I guess this would also make it a great foil boarding kite.
Highly recommend this new model. (Posted on 20/12/17)
2 kites in 1Review by Kaji
Quality
Price
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I'm a Nitro fan, Been riding them for years, I also have a couple of Element 5's I use in the surf and foil. I've been lucky enough to have a couple of sessions on the pre-production 7m, 10m and 14m Element 6.
To cut straight to the point I prefer the Element 6 over my Nitro's and Element 5's combined.
It jumps excellent, drifts excellent, bar feel/control is excellent, stability is excellent.
There's going to be only one model kite in my quiver now. Element 6 smashes everything I like to do kitesurfing! Jump, Surf, Foil.

I don't know how much the new kites are going to be when they launch but all Switch kites are awesome value so I can't see these being any different. (Posted on 20/12/17)
Revolutionary change for the ElementReview by Roberto
Quality
Price
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I have used the Element 6 few times in the size of 9m and 12m.
At first look I noticed a big change compared to the E5. The shape is very different and it is a 5 struts kite with pulleys.
The bigger change is the way the kite flies. From the first use the E6 is predictable and easy to control. While the E5 is more aggressive in the turns,
the E6 holds a consistent pull throughout the all wind window and become very efficient as you take speed. This features in my opinion makes it a winner kite.
It is Perfect for beginners. I used the E6 for teaching and it makes the job much easier. The kite glide very nicely and it is very stable at the zenith,
speeding up the student's learning curve.
It is Excellent for advanced user. On the twin tip and I found that it is easy to manoeuvre. With minimum acceleration the kite pulls and then the fun starts,
with ease you can to control loops in transitions and jumps.
On the Hydrofoil the E6 with a nice glide keeps a consistent pull throughout the transitions making easier manoeuvres like air gybes and tacks
also creates a lot of apparent wind that allows you ride faster than on the E5.
Overall great improvement and quite a revolutionary change for the Element. Nice control, Nice speed, Nice glide. Highly recommended .
(Posted on 20/12/17)

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