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HELIUM 3


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I mainly wave ride and have recently started foiling, my current quiver is 5 & 7mtr E5, 9mtr E4 and my recently purchased 12mtr H3 (I also still have a full quiver of Methods) I have just returned home from a holiday up around Exmouth (NW Australia) where my first fly of the H3 was in marginal winds probably around 8knots on a foil, the kite handled fantastic despite the fact that I am fairly new to foiling. I did crash the kite a couple of times (through no fault of the kite just because I am still a foil kook) so I had the chance to test relaunch, which was very good, at one stage the wind was so light though that it didn't want to come up but a pull of the rear lines and I achieved my first reverse launch. The kite stayed in the sky despite some big lulls and was extremely well behaved. The next day I got to try it in a little bit more wind (maybe around 12 knots) on my surf board in some good head high waves, drift and responsiveness was fantastic. Previously I would have been on my 12mtr Method 2 (which I never was really happy with, I loved the smaller Methods but pretty much just made do on the 12 without ever being very impressed) and the difference is chalk and cheese. Then the following day I was in the same waves in around 18 -20 or so knots, I would normally drop to my 9 at that strength but wanted to fly the 12 again and was so glad I did. I can't see the Methods getting much use anymore, the Helium 12 will be an awesome light wind wave kite. I previously didn't often kite in waves on anything larger than a 9 and at one stage I misjudged the kite position as I was coming down the face of a wave and the wingtip clipped the water, from my experience from previous occasions when I had done this on other kites I thought it would be all over but it popped straight back up and kept flying, phew. If I get time I might try to put together a video. IMO any Switch fan (well any kiter really) that is into wave riding and/or foiling would love one of these in their quiver. I have already decided my next kite will be a 9mtr H3 to replace the 9mtr E4 Perth, Western Australia

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Overview

//HELIUM 3

LIGHT, FOIL, WAVE, VERSATILE

High-Performance light air, foil and wave riding.


LIGHT,

Light air performance has always been at the heart of the Helium. Every material, panel, stitch, has been carefully optimized to reduce weight while maintaining core strength and usability.

FOIL,

Drift, effortless control, and light air performance make the Helium the perfect foilboarding tool.

WAVE,

The excellent drift and quick turning response that makes the Helium excel in foil boarding also gives the wave rider the perfect tools to effortlessly surf in the widest wide wind range.

VERSATILE,

For the Helium 3, we have extended size range from 18m down to 7m. The smaller sizes extend the Heliums versatility for foilboarders and surfers that love a light responsive feeling kite. The Helium’s 3-strut progressive profile and refined fixed bridle design give the Helium the ability to cover a large set of performance criteria. From foilboarding, wave riding, to twin-tip freeriding.



Is this kite right for you?

Foilborders, surfers or freeriders that want to get out in lighter wind conditions or who want a light and responsive kite will find the new Helium exceeding their expectations.


Helium 3 vs Element 6

o If you like riding waves and foiling. Helium 3
o If you like riding waves and riding twintip. Element 6
o If you do any sort of light wind kiteboarding. Helium 3
o If you are learning or are rough on your gear. Element 6

Kiteboarding Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite - Kite Strtength vs Weight

Performance

//HELIUM 3

All new size range

Every size in the Helium 3 range has been individually refined to maximise performance.

7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 12m

Foil and Wave optimised
o Sspecially tuned for light wind foiling and surfing.
o Extreamly light and responsive control.

14m, 16, 18m

Light wind freeride optimised
o Tuned for the heavier riders.
o Extra power and light wind grunt.

Kiteboarding Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite - Sizes

Light Weight

Carefully selected materials, panel design and lightweight rub areas have minimized weight while maintaining the legendary structural strength all Switch kites are famous for. The Helium will dominate the same levels of punishment out on the water but with lightweight rub areas extra care is needed when handling the kite on the beach.

Kiteboarding Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite - Kite Strtength vs Weight

3 Struts

High projected area maximizes lift while reducing drag for efficiency and speed. 3-Struts provide sufficient canopy shape to create power without distortion.

Kiteboarding Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite - Kite power vs size

Fixed Bridle

The Helium 3 has a direct, light and resposive bridle system designed to give you the highest level of control in any wind conditions.

Kiteboarding Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf 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 Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite - Custom Tune

New Lite Kite Bag

The Helium 3 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 Helium 3 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite - bag

Construction

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Kiteboarding Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - Strut Design

Light, Strong Strut Design

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

Kiteboarding Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 ripstop fabric which has a 37% higher puncture tensile strength in the critical warp direction, with minimal weight increase.

Kiteboarding Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Light wind, Foil, Surf Kite Helium 3 - 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 Performance Summery
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 kitesurfing 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
My stoke is back for kiteboarding.Review by Kent
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I mainly wave ride and have recently started foiling, my current quiver is 5 & 7mtr E5, 9mtr E4 and my recently purchased 12mtr H3 (I also still have a full quiver of Methods)
I have just returned home from a holiday up around Exmouth (NW Australia) where my first fly of the H3 was in marginal winds probably around 8knots on a foil, the kite handled fantastic despite the fact that I am fairly new to foiling.
I did crash the kite a couple of times (through no fault of the kite just because I am still a foil kook) so I had the chance to test relaunch, which was very good, at one stage the wind was so light though that it didn't want to come up but a pull of the rear lines and I achieved my first reverse launch.

The kite stayed in the sky despite some big lulls and was extremely well behaved.

The next day I got to try it in a little bit more wind (maybe around 12 knots) on my surf board in some good head high waves, drift and responsiveness was fantastic.
Previously I would have been on my 12mtr Method 2 (which I never was really happy with, I loved the smaller Methods but pretty much just made do on the 12 without ever being very impressed) and the difference is chalk and cheese.

Then the following day I was in the same waves in around 18 -20 or so knots, I would normally drop to my 9 at that strength but wanted to fly the 12 again and was so glad I did.

I can't see the Methods getting much use anymore, the Helium 12 will be an awesome light wind wave kite.
I previously didn't often kite in waves on anything larger than a 9 and at one stage I misjudged the kite position as I was coming down the face of a wave and the wingtip clipped the water, from my experience from previous occasions when I had done this on other kites I thought it would be all over but it popped straight back up and kept flying, phew.

If I get time I might try to put together a video.
IMO any Switch fan (well any kiter really) that is into wave riding and/or foiling would love one of these in their quiver.
I have already decided my next kite will be a 9mtr H3 to replace the 9mtr E4
Perth, Western Australia (Posted on 26/08/18)
Update Review: H3 is both light and strongReview by Jeff
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I have been using the H3 in 8 and 10m for about 4 months now, and wanted to update my initial review. The punch line: the H3 is light, fast, super stable, simply amazing drift, AND strong . Yep, I have to admit that I was a bit worried that a kite this light would hold up to getting rolled in the Hawaiian surf but after 4 months of regular use in the surf I can say that the kite is definitely strong and tough, just as you would expect from Switch. So if you are considering getting a H3 for surfing but worried it wont hold up in the rinse cycle dont even give it a second thought, I've put it through the wringer for you and it holds up great. Happy surfing!! (Posted on 12/08/18)
H3 16M - excellent light wind/foil/surf kite.Review by Gusto
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I've been using the H3 16M for a couple of weeks now & am super impressed. My previous big kite was the H1 18M which was also a good kite. The H3 is noticeably lighter (weight) & cleaner (aero drag), consequently it performs more efficiently than the H1yet provides similar power. Build quality, whilst lighter, is the usual great quality from Switch. Bar pressure is slightly greater than the H1. I'm yet to try the various trimming options available but so far this is an exception kite for light wind/foiling/surfing. Congrats to the Switch team for producing another excellent line of kites. (Posted on 1/07/18)
H3 16MReview by Gusto
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I've using the H3 16M with a 5ft nugget & a Ziko/Shinnster foil. I'm 74kg. Previously I used the H1 18M for about 3 years which was a great kite, coming from the Zephyr 17M. The H3 seems a much cleaner (aero drag wise) & lighter kite. Consequently it seems to ride with more efficiency in all aspects. Power seems not too dissimilar to the H1 18. Whilst the H1 was not difficult to re launch in 10 knots or over the H1 is noticeably easier. Slightly greater bar pressure noticeable on the H3. I'm still getting used to this kite & have not tried the different trimming options available but am super impressed with the build & performance. Well done to the Switch team for building another great line of kites. (Posted on 1/07/18)
Helium 3 10mReview by Simon
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I have had several sessions now ranging from 8-15 knot foiling conditions, cross-off and cross-on wave sailing and 20-25 knot on a twin-tip. It has all of the attributes of a great foil and wave kite; predictable, wide wind range, great drift, and fast turning. It is also OK at jumping and unhooked stuff. Jumps are not the highest but very floaty. It doesn't pop as well as a C kite, but that is to be expected. Being light, it can stay flying in winds where many kites can not. The drift is the best I have experienced, which is important for surfing and downwind foiling. It is strong enough for the surf, I have rolled the kite a couple of times now with no damage. I found that I had to move the rear line knots up by about an inch for best performance. (Posted on 22/05/18)
H3 Changed the foiling game.Review by Harry
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Coming from no strut kites. I can now honestly say that the Helium has filled the void that I have been looking for in a foiling kite.
Now I have a kite with super drift. That is light and responsive - Stays in the sky in very light winds and relaunches from the water boosting my confidence to push my self on days I would be afraid to venture out with my no strut kites.
Thank you Switch for bringing this to the market. (Posted on 13/05/18)
Helium3! Ultimate light wind!Review by Jakob
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Helium3 Review!

Rider size and gear:
-140x43 Youri Zoon 2017 board.
-Helium3 16m 2018.
-Helmet, harness, impactvest and wetsuit.
-Rider Weight + gear wet: 101 kg.

Wind and conditions: 10-13kn.
NO TIDE ASSISTANCE, as the session is sat from 1900 - 2100 (TIDE is from 1200-1700, infromation from habour messure)

The H3 is one amazing light-wind kite in the size of 16m, never have I tryed riding in 10 knots on a TT and kept going! My setting are always factory set with 20 or 22m lines, today was 22m. The thing that caught me was that the Helium3 was so easy to launch, I must be honnest I was a little scared on my way to the spot knowing I was going out alone BUT!
I had help, so I did two self launch and landings and about 10 with help to test the ease of the "drag" for the person who holdes the kite. The kite is a little hard to turn around, but hello... Its 16m! :)

On the water, the Helium3 has very quick in respond, riding on the 55cm bar I had no problem steering the kite with ease getting that snappy feeling then turning and just riding.
When freeriding and jumping. The quickness WILL suprice you.

Getting out in 10-13 knots with a 16m you suspect the kite to fall out of the air, that is not the case with the H3! When you get it up there its just sits I tryed a lot of stupid things to get it to fall, running towards it and it just drift after you.. Plain and simple with no sound at all, wobbeling, collapsing or anything, just hanging there, ready to get on the water!

Bar pressure: The bar pressure on the lightest setting, is medium, you have no trouble holding it. The H3 gives you that real kite feeling.

Relaunch/Self-launch: This kite is easy to relaunch. Its between the Element6 and H2 (H2 is harder), For the size the kite is steady with no jumping up and down or turning over. Water start is as easy as a 9 or 12m kite i think, no problem at all, the kite turns smooth and go up like nothing have happend.

Drift: If you let go of the bar, the kite will follow the same dirrection or go up to 12. Didnt go to the edge of the window as I thought. When you got it, it keeps going. I am not a specific wave rider or foil 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): I will give it a 6, Not saying that the kite do not boost, it sure does, for a big kite I managed to get 6 meters of air in 10-13 knots, thats pretty good for a big kite with a heavy rider, compared to the Helium2 it have much more smooth lift and LOT more hangtime, you know there the kite is and the hangtime is forever getting 4-5 seconds on such small jumps.
I really like how the Helium3 preform, its different from what you usally gets in just a big kite.

If you like to go out in like zero wind on a TT, get the H3 16m - NO DOUBT!

Ease of use: For riders who like a smooth ride and responsive steering, want to go out and enjoy an evening summer day on a TT and just want to have fun, this is the perfect kite, I think Switch did a really nice job with this Helium3.
From the H2 -> H3 there is a uge difference in riding, you can really feel the kite and have fun.

Video to show -> https://goo.gl/EQJhNZ (Posted on 11/05/18)
Amazing Drift machineReview by Jun
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I used Helium since V1 and tested HeliumV3 16m with foil board in 8-10knots condition. It’s awesome great light wind performance. Handling is very lightly and speedy than V2. I like short bridle of it’s. HeliumV1,2 used long bridle. It’s Handing was bit lazy, Short Bridle of H3 is perfect I think. Nice stability and light handling with good bar pressure.Then I used surf and foil setting. It’s awesome nice drift performance and easy kite looping when turn.Also I tested 8m with Surfboard. Small size of V3 is amazing drift machine for wave riding and foiling. I got perfect bar pressure and so sweet drift feeling in the wave. Also kite was very stable in gusty wind. HeliumV3 8m is best kite for wave riding. (Posted on 10/05/18)
Helium 3 10m Review by Rick
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Having kited for about 15 years and above average in the surf (self rating!) and ridden Switch Kites since 2014 on Oahu, I have had the good fortune to work with Felix when looking to keep current with my kites. Felix suggested i try both the Element6 and the Helium. I need a 10m kite for riding in the waves on lighter wind days and today was a great test day out at Mokuleia to ride 3 different kites out in small fun surf with a steady 20mph breeze. The first test run was with the Helium 3 10m. Right from the launch I could feel the lightness and responsiveness. Having ridden the Element5 10M the day before, which is a kite that i have enjoyed for its steady and predictable nature, the Helium surpised me with its quickness. Riding the waves gave me a chance to feel its ability to drift. Simply put, its the best drifting kite i’ve yet to ride.
The next kite was the Helium 3 8m. Like the 10m it was quick and responsive and great on the wave. It would have been ideal in a bit windier conditions. I weigh 165 lbs.and had to keep it moving in between gusts but it easily kept me upwind. A 9m would have been perfect today, but we didnt have one available to try.
The last kite was the Element6 9m. I have an Element4 9m and before that the Method so i was interested in how the new design behaved. As expected the Element6 was a powerful kite with very steady handling. As compared to the Helium the Element needs a bit more pull on the bar to initiate a turn off the bottom of the wave or off the top but is super quick in the wind window and drifts well down the line.
So the decision for me was easy, I’m going with the Helium 3 10m. It just feels effortless to fly, drifts great, has a plenty of power. I gave it 4 stars for quality only because I’m hoping the lighter construction of no bumpers doesnt make a difference if I happen to crash and roll it in North Shore Surf! Mahalo Felix!
(Posted on 26/04/18)
Best kite Switch has introduced hands down .Review by jack
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Call me a gear junkie. I just love gear and trying different things.
Foiling is what I have been into for the past 4 years. I'm totally addicted.
The H3 looked interesting so I went out on a limb and got a 8m.
First feel when pulling it out of the bag it felt super light.
Construction - you can see all the fat has been trimmed off it . Great - Just what I was looking for.
I have had two sessions on this kite. What a game changer. The kite just wants to hang in the sky no matter what you throw at it.
The drift and response is just effortless.
Great Job on this new addition.
A new loyal customer for life.
Jack. (Posted on 24/04/18)
Next Level WaveridingReview by Jeff
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I've got the 8 and 10m H3, and have about an hour on each so far. I'm 162 lbs and ride a 5'1" vader in the waves (don't do twin tips, not into strapless jumping, and never tried foiling). Had Element 5's (9 and 11m) and before that Element 3's and both of those kites were total game-changers for me, making surfing with a kite so much better and more fun and allowing me to push my limits.

Now, I can honestly say that if you like the way the E5 works in the waves, you will totally LOVE the H3 and Switch has come out with another world class wave kite. Comparing the E5 and H3, the H3 turns way quicker but still gives you good power through the turn (10m H3 turns about the same as 9m E5, but has about same power as my 11m E5). As far as drift, it seems to be better that the E5, and because it is so much lighter when I fumble a bit and the lines get slack, it just hangs there and doesn't want to drop at all. Then just flick the bar and its flying again down the line. Really the kite is just perfect for riding waves.

To me, the bar feel is significantly lighter than the E5, and initially I needed to watch it more closely because it turns so fast, but after a few minutes, it just felt perfect. In fact when I jumped back on my 9m E5 for comparison it felt super heavy and slow, which blew my mind because I loved that kite and had previously thought the bar pressure was perfect. Now if you are one of those few people that likes a lot of bar pressure, you may want to change the bridle settings (I'm flying on factory settings so far), but for me the light bar feel just makes the kite feel so quick and nimble and just right. You can almost forget you have a kite in your hands, which is really the ultimate goal in my opinion!

I probably should note that the build is far lighter than the typical bomb-proof Switch construction I'm used to, however the quality is still there as always. Time will tell how it holds up to being dropped in the surf and self-launch/land, etc. but I think the trade off for incredible performance is well worth it. Also a lot of the places I kite have some very fluky, lully wind at times and the E5 would sometimes struggle to stay in the air, whereas I know the H3 will hang there no problem. If you are experienced and take care of your stuff I don't think it will ever be an issue.

This is a long review but I am just super excited about this kite and cant recommend it highly enough. For me, the H3 will help me get to the next level with surfing. (Posted on 23/04/18)
High performance powerReview by Kaji
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I've got a 16m Helium3, I'm 85 - 90kg so I need some grunt. Twin tip staying upwind in10 knots +. Kite easily stays in the sky under 10 knots which is great for foiling.
Ther Helium 3 is quite different to the Helium 2 15m I had. The Helium 3 is a lot more direct, more power, better jumping/ load tricks, better upwind and the only trade-off I could find is a bit more bar pressure than the old model, But I like that because I thought the Helium 2 bar pressure was too light.
Awesome!! (Posted on 14/04/18)

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My stoke is back for kiteboarding.Review by Kent
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I mainly wave ride and have recently started foiling, my current quiver is 5 & 7mtr E5, 9mtr E4 and my recently purchased 12mtr H3 (I also still have a full quiver of Methods)
I have just returned home from a holiday up around Exmouth (NW Australia) where my first fly of the H3 was in marginal winds probably around 8knots on a foil, the kite handled fantastic despite the fact that I am fairly new to foiling.
I did crash the kite a couple of times (through no fault of the kite just because I am still a foil kook) so I had the chance to test relaunch, which was very good, at one stage the wind was so light though that it didn't want to come up but a pull of the rear lines and I achieved my first reverse launch.

The kite stayed in the sky despite some big lulls and was extremely well behaved.

The next day I got to try it in a little bit more wind (maybe around 12 knots) on my surf board in some good head high waves, drift and responsiveness was fantastic.
Previously I would have been on my 12mtr Method 2 (which I never was really happy with, I loved the smaller Methods but pretty much just made do on the 12 without ever being very impressed) and the difference is chalk and cheese.

Then the following day I was in the same waves in around 18 -20 or so knots, I would normally drop to my 9 at that strength but wanted to fly the 12 again and was so glad I did.

I can't see the Methods getting much use anymore, the Helium 12 will be an awesome light wind wave kite.
I previously didn't often kite in waves on anything larger than a 9 and at one stage I misjudged the kite position as I was coming down the face of a wave and the wingtip clipped the water, from my experience from previous occasions when I had done this on other kites I thought it would be all over but it popped straight back up and kept flying, phew.

If I get time I might try to put together a video.
IMO any Switch fan (well any kiter really) that is into wave riding and/or foiling would love one of these in their quiver.
I have already decided my next kite will be a 9mtr H3 to replace the 9mtr E4
Perth, Western Australia (Posted on 26/08/18)
Update Review: H3 is both light and strongReview by Jeff
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I have been using the H3 in 8 and 10m for about 4 months now, and wanted to update my initial review. The punch line: the H3 is light, fast, super stable, simply amazing drift, AND strong . Yep, I have to admit that I was a bit worried that a kite this light would hold up to getting rolled in the Hawaiian surf but after 4 months of regular use in the surf I can say that the kite is definitely strong and tough, just as you would expect from Switch. So if you are considering getting a H3 for surfing but worried it wont hold up in the rinse cycle dont even give it a second thought, I've put it through the wringer for you and it holds up great. Happy surfing!! (Posted on 12/08/18)
H3 16M - excellent light wind/foil/surf kite.Review by Gusto
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I've been using the H3 16M for a couple of weeks now & am super impressed. My previous big kite was the H1 18M which was also a good kite. The H3 is noticeably lighter (weight) & cleaner (aero drag), consequently it performs more efficiently than the H1yet provides similar power. Build quality, whilst lighter, is the usual great quality from Switch. Bar pressure is slightly greater than the H1. I'm yet to try the various trimming options available but so far this is an exception kite for light wind/foiling/surfing. Congrats to the Switch team for producing another excellent line of kites. (Posted on 1/07/18)
H3 16MReview by Gusto
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I've using the H3 16M with a 5ft nugget & a Ziko/Shinnster foil. I'm 74kg. Previously I used the H1 18M for about 3 years which was a great kite, coming from the Zephyr 17M. The H3 seems a much cleaner (aero drag wise) & lighter kite. Consequently it seems to ride with more efficiency in all aspects. Power seems not too dissimilar to the H1 18. Whilst the H1 was not difficult to re launch in 10 knots or over the H1 is noticeably easier. Slightly greater bar pressure noticeable on the H3. I'm still getting used to this kite & have not tried the different trimming options available but am super impressed with the build & performance. Well done to the Switch team for building another great line of kites. (Posted on 1/07/18)
Helium 3 10mReview by Simon
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I have had several sessions now ranging from 8-15 knot foiling conditions, cross-off and cross-on wave sailing and 20-25 knot on a twin-tip. It has all of the attributes of a great foil and wave kite; predictable, wide wind range, great drift, and fast turning. It is also OK at jumping and unhooked stuff. Jumps are not the highest but very floaty. It doesn't pop as well as a C kite, but that is to be expected. Being light, it can stay flying in winds where many kites can not. The drift is the best I have experienced, which is important for surfing and downwind foiling. It is strong enough for the surf, I have rolled the kite a couple of times now with no damage. I found that I had to move the rear line knots up by about an inch for best performance. (Posted on 22/05/18)
H3 Changed the foiling game.Review by Harry
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Coming from no strut kites. I can now honestly say that the Helium has filled the void that I have been looking for in a foiling kite.
Now I have a kite with super drift. That is light and responsive - Stays in the sky in very light winds and relaunches from the water boosting my confidence to push my self on days I would be afraid to venture out with my no strut kites.
Thank you Switch for bringing this to the market. (Posted on 13/05/18)
Helium3! Ultimate light wind!Review by Jakob
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Helium3 Review!

Rider size and gear:
-140x43 Youri Zoon 2017 board.
-Helium3 16m 2018.
-Helmet, harness, impactvest and wetsuit.
-Rider Weight + gear wet: 101 kg.

Wind and conditions: 10-13kn.
NO TIDE ASSISTANCE, as the session is sat from 1900 - 2100 (TIDE is from 1200-1700, infromation from habour messure)

The H3 is one amazing light-wind kite in the size of 16m, never have I tryed riding in 10 knots on a TT and kept going! My setting are always factory set with 20 or 22m lines, today was 22m. The thing that caught me was that the Helium3 was so easy to launch, I must be honnest I was a little scared on my way to the spot knowing I was going out alone BUT!
I had help, so I did two self launch and landings and about 10 with help to test the ease of the "drag" for the person who holdes the kite. The kite is a little hard to turn around, but hello... Its 16m! :)

On the water, the Helium3 has very quick in respond, riding on the 55cm bar I had no problem steering the kite with ease getting that snappy feeling then turning and just riding.
When freeriding and jumping. The quickness WILL suprice you.

Getting out in 10-13 knots with a 16m you suspect the kite to fall out of the air, that is not the case with the H3! When you get it up there its just sits I tryed a lot of stupid things to get it to fall, running towards it and it just drift after you.. Plain and simple with no sound at all, wobbeling, collapsing or anything, just hanging there, ready to get on the water!

Bar pressure: The bar pressure on the lightest setting, is medium, you have no trouble holding it. The H3 gives you that real kite feeling.

Relaunch/Self-launch: This kite is easy to relaunch. Its between the Element6 and H2 (H2 is harder), For the size the kite is steady with no jumping up and down or turning over. Water start is as easy as a 9 or 12m kite i think, no problem at all, the kite turns smooth and go up like nothing have happend.

Drift: If you let go of the bar, the kite will follow the same dirrection or go up to 12. Didnt go to the edge of the window as I thought. When you got it, it keeps going. I am not a specific wave rider or foil 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): I will give it a 6, Not saying that the kite do not boost, it sure does, for a big kite I managed to get 6 meters of air in 10-13 knots, thats pretty good for a big kite with a heavy rider, compared to the Helium2 it have much more smooth lift and LOT more hangtime, you know there the kite is and the hangtime is forever getting 4-5 seconds on such small jumps.
I really like how the Helium3 preform, its different from what you usally gets in just a big kite.

If you like to go out in like zero wind on a TT, get the H3 16m - NO DOUBT!

Ease of use: For riders who like a smooth ride and responsive steering, want to go out and enjoy an evening summer day on a TT and just want to have fun, this is the perfect kite, I think Switch did a really nice job with this Helium3.
From the H2 -> H3 there is a uge difference in riding, you can really feel the kite and have fun.

Video to show -> https://goo.gl/EQJhNZ (Posted on 11/05/18)
Amazing Drift machineReview by Jun
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I used Helium since V1 and tested HeliumV3 16m with foil board in 8-10knots condition. It’s awesome great light wind performance. Handling is very lightly and speedy than V2. I like short bridle of it’s. HeliumV1,2 used long bridle. It’s Handing was bit lazy, Short Bridle of H3 is perfect I think. Nice stability and light handling with good bar pressure.Then I used surf and foil setting. It’s awesome nice drift performance and easy kite looping when turn.Also I tested 8m with Surfboard. Small size of V3 is amazing drift machine for wave riding and foiling. I got perfect bar pressure and so sweet drift feeling in the wave. Also kite was very stable in gusty wind. HeliumV3 8m is best kite for wave riding. (Posted on 10/05/18)
Helium 3 10m Review by Rick
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Having kited for about 15 years and above average in the surf (self rating!) and ridden Switch Kites since 2014 on Oahu, I have had the good fortune to work with Felix when looking to keep current with my kites. Felix suggested i try both the Element6 and the Helium. I need a 10m kite for riding in the waves on lighter wind days and today was a great test day out at Mokuleia to ride 3 different kites out in small fun surf with a steady 20mph breeze. The first test run was with the Helium 3 10m. Right from the launch I could feel the lightness and responsiveness. Having ridden the Element5 10M the day before, which is a kite that i have enjoyed for its steady and predictable nature, the Helium surpised me with its quickness. Riding the waves gave me a chance to feel its ability to drift. Simply put, its the best drifting kite i’ve yet to ride.
The next kite was the Helium 3 8m. Like the 10m it was quick and responsive and great on the wave. It would have been ideal in a bit windier conditions. I weigh 165 lbs.and had to keep it moving in between gusts but it easily kept me upwind. A 9m would have been perfect today, but we didnt have one available to try.
The last kite was the Element6 9m. I have an Element4 9m and before that the Method so i was interested in how the new design behaved. As expected the Element6 was a powerful kite with very steady handling. As compared to the Helium the Element needs a bit more pull on the bar to initiate a turn off the bottom of the wave or off the top but is super quick in the wind window and drifts well down the line.
So the decision for me was easy, I’m going with the Helium 3 10m. It just feels effortless to fly, drifts great, has a plenty of power. I gave it 4 stars for quality only because I’m hoping the lighter construction of no bumpers doesnt make a difference if I happen to crash and roll it in North Shore Surf! Mahalo Felix!
(Posted on 26/04/18)
Best kite Switch has introduced hands down .Review by jack
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Call me a gear junkie. I just love gear and trying different things.
Foiling is what I have been into for the past 4 years. I'm totally addicted.
The H3 looked interesting so I went out on a limb and got a 8m.
First feel when pulling it out of the bag it felt super light.
Construction - you can see all the fat has been trimmed off it . Great - Just what I was looking for.
I have had two sessions on this kite. What a game changer. The kite just wants to hang in the sky no matter what you throw at it.
The drift and response is just effortless.
Great Job on this new addition.
A new loyal customer for life.
Jack. (Posted on 24/04/18)
Next Level WaveridingReview by Jeff
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I've got the 8 and 10m H3, and have about an hour on each so far. I'm 162 lbs and ride a 5'1" vader in the waves (don't do twin tips, not into strapless jumping, and never tried foiling). Had Element 5's (9 and 11m) and before that Element 3's and both of those kites were total game-changers for me, making surfing with a kite so much better and more fun and allowing me to push my limits.

Now, I can honestly say that if you like the way the E5 works in the waves, you will totally LOVE the H3 and Switch has come out with another world class wave kite. Comparing the E5 and H3, the H3 turns way quicker but still gives you good power through the turn (10m H3 turns about the same as 9m E5, but has about same power as my 11m E5). As far as drift, it seems to be better that the E5, and because it is so much lighter when I fumble a bit and the lines get slack, it just hangs there and doesn't want to drop at all. Then just flick the bar and its flying again down the line. Really the kite is just perfect for riding waves.

To me, the bar feel is significantly lighter than the E5, and initially I needed to watch it more closely because it turns so fast, but after a few minutes, it just felt perfect. In fact when I jumped back on my 9m E5 for comparison it felt super heavy and slow, which blew my mind because I loved that kite and had previously thought the bar pressure was perfect. Now if you are one of those few people that likes a lot of bar pressure, you may want to change the bridle settings (I'm flying on factory settings so far), but for me the light bar feel just makes the kite feel so quick and nimble and just right. You can almost forget you have a kite in your hands, which is really the ultimate goal in my opinion!

I probably should note that the build is far lighter than the typical bomb-proof Switch construction I'm used to, however the quality is still there as always. Time will tell how it holds up to being dropped in the surf and self-launch/land, etc. but I think the trade off for incredible performance is well worth it. Also a lot of the places I kite have some very fluky, lully wind at times and the E5 would sometimes struggle to stay in the air, whereas I know the H3 will hang there no problem. If you are experienced and take care of your stuff I don't think it will ever be an issue.

This is a long review but I am just super excited about this kite and cant recommend it highly enough. For me, the H3 will help me get to the next level with surfing. (Posted on 23/04/18)
High performance powerReview by Kaji
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I've got a 16m Helium3, I'm 85 - 90kg so I need some grunt. Twin tip staying upwind in10 knots +. Kite easily stays in the sky under 10 knots which is great for foiling.
Ther Helium 3 is quite different to the Helium 2 15m I had. The Helium 3 is a lot more direct, more power, better jumping/ load tricks, better upwind and the only trade-off I could find is a bit more bar pressure than the old model, But I like that because I thought the Helium 2 bar pressure was too light.
Awesome!! (Posted on 14/04/18)

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