Had a go on the new method 7m today. Rode for about 20-25 minutes. winds were roughly 17-26 mph. I am 85kg riding a 5'11 strapped surfboard. rode with 20m lines on 55cm bar setting. Kite was set for lowest bar pressure/quick turning. I am not a team rider and have no affiliation with switch other than i own the original nitros 8 and 10 that i paid full price for. I have been looking for a higher wind wave kite since i mainly ride surfboards in higher winds. I have been torn between getting the 6 and 7 method and was able to demo the 7m v2.
Kite looked sharp pumped up. three settings for bar pressure. there is a transfer pulley on this model like the original nitros and i think original methods. Kite was really stable and smooth. Bar pressure was really nice and not too light. I think I would keep it at this setting or one setting higher for surfing since the kite turns quicker and like lower bar pressure when on a surfboard. Kite had plenty of power for a 7m, handled gusts with ease, and was super stable. I rode it in really small surf, 2-3 ft faces on the outside reef and purposely tried to see how it drifted and looped/turned when going down wind. Kite drifted like a charm. Very impressive. Did not lose that much tension on the lines and could still control it if I wanted to. As opposed to my v1 nitros where I am constantly working the kite when riding a wave downwind so that the kite does nit fall out of the sky. but the nitro is not designed for surf so I expect that. this kite is definitely made for surf. Did not attempt to jump it but doubt it even comes close to boosting power of nitro. Kite was insanely quick but real controllable and so much fin to fly. I also had it on 20m lines, 55cm bar and quick turn setting so without shortening the lines that would be as quick as it could get and loved it. I think they really addressed the previous issues with v1 (high bar pressure, satiability/ability to deal with gusts.) Did not park the kite overhead and let go of the bar. I ride nitros so I am used to just keeping some pressure on the bar which makes me feel connected to the kite. So did not test for front stall at high noon, but kite seemed really stable so I dont think that is a problem. Kite goes upwind really well. Stays in the window nice when throwing it around for surf. not sure I would change anything about the 7 i rode in the 20 minutes i had it. The worst part of the demo was giving the kite back
I dont know how they got the kite to fly upwind so well while still getting it to drift well and fly in the window when you want it. Some of these qualities seem to work against each other so am impressed they were able to pull off such a nice balance. Now my dilemma is do I go with 6 or 7. I was originally thinking 6 but i think i may go with 7 now since it could have handled way more wind than what I had it out in and I think i will get way more water time with it. Otherwise, would need to alternate a 6 method with 8 nitro or possibly a 9 method if I can get one of those. So 7m seems more practical for me and will allow me to ride the 7 in conditions I would have to go with a 9m if i go with the 6. I have only ridden an older 9m method so hard to give detailed comparison of 7m v2 to 9m v1 model. I can tell you unequivocally that this one rode better but I hate to compare different size kites flown in different conditions based on one short session on each one.
bottom line... awesome kite and will be picking one up. kudos to the switch team for pumping out another great kite. I am also looking forward to the updated bar... i wont pile on that topic.. FInal quiver will most likely be 7 method to compliment my 8 and 10 nitros. Unless I ditch the TT, I will always have nitros in my quiver. Is there a switch loyalty program where you get small discounts for multiple kites ?
I thought I would ask...