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Overview

Overview //Nitro3

6m,8m,10m,12m,14m,16m

Versatile Free-ride, Air-style and Race Performance

  • No pulleys or sliders – the compact fixed 4 line bridle offers a crisp and incredible direct feel
  • Powerful 5 strut wing design for maximum efficiency
  • High aspect ratio open c design for maximum performance
  • Instant re-launch including reverse launch
  • 100% depower within the bar throw
  • Light to medium adjustable bar pressure
  • Fast turning with constant power output throughout the turn

When first launched 3 years ago, the Nitro took the kite boarding world by surprise with its power and hang time signature performance. By fine tuning the wingtips, outline and bridles on this winning concept, we have now created the best Free-ride kite available. You don’t believe us? Well, get one and should any other Free-ride kite currently on the market outperform our Nitro3 send it back within 30 days and we will refund your purchase price.

Are we mad? Well that’s open for debate, but after testing them all - Rebels, Switchblades, TS, C4, Parks, etc. the new Nitro3 always comes out on top, hands down.


What's new?

We kept all the power that everyone loves and increased stability, response and de-power. The re-designed longer, angled and double-tapered wingtip provides greater leverage for faster turning, improved de-power, easy re-launch including reverse launch, and an aerodynamic improvement for higher boost including longer float.

The fixed compact, no-pulley or slider 4-line bridle provides excellent structural support and a direct response over a wide range of angle of attacks for much improved de-power and control at any bar position.

The high aspect, 5-strut platform of the original Nitro with a small diameter, constant curve leading edge provides insane upwind efficiency and VMG allowing the Nitro3 to provide serious high octane Free-ride excitement and competitive course racing performance.

The uni-pump hose connections are now enclosed with a soft Polymer layer. This additional protection adds extra security to this already proven, reliable design. A light weight neoprene cover is now protecting your canopy from the loose deflate valve when packed away.

Is this kite right for you?

Yes, yes and yes!< p/>

But - if wakestyle is your thing, then pick the Element or Combat.

For the rest of us, the Nitro3 will guarantee a smile on your face each time you get out for a session. This high performance kite loves to boost big, break speed records or win races. The precise, crisp and low force controls give a lively feel with 100% depower within the bar throw.  These features, combined with the instant re-launch and stability, make the Nirto3 a perfect kite for you.

The fully balanced kite range gives optimal control over all sizes.  The 16m kills any light wind kite on the market when it comes to light air upwind performance. The 6m is controllable in those insane gusty out of control hurricane conditions and for the first time, it's quite enjoyable to be out, once you have managed to sneak past the coast guard controlling the closed beaches.

Nitro3



In the box

 

Technology

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Specs

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Detailed specifications and performance criteria

 Details //Nitro3

 

Flat Span
(m)

C/L Chord
(m²)

Flat Area
(m²)

Aspect
Ratio

Projected
Span (m)

Projected
Area (m²)

Projected
AR

Projected
Area (%)

6

5.60 1.41 6.25 5.02 2.78 3.87 2.00 61.9%

8

6.40 1.61 8.15 5.03 3.18 5.05 2.01 62.0%

10

7.15 1.80 10.16 5.03 3.55 6.30 2.01 62.0%

12

7.82 1.97 12.13 5.04 3.89 7.52 2.01 62.0%

14

8.43 2.12 14.12 5.04 4.19 8.75 2.01 62.0%

16

9.01 2.26 16.10 5.04 4.48 9.98 2.01 62.0%



 Performance //Nitro3

   

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10+

  New to Sport

Relaunch

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Depower

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Windrange

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  Freeride

Light bar pressure

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Kite Loop Speed

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Kite Loop Power

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Lift

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Hangtime

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  Surf

Stability

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Downwind drift

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  Wakestyle

Pop

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Line Slack

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Direct bar feel

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  Race

Low end

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Upwind

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Speed

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Turning Speed

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 Wind Range //Nitro3

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.
   

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10

                                           
 

12

                                           
 

14

                                           
 

16

                                           

Gallery

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Manual

Manual //Nitro3

Safety

Kitesurfing is an awesome new sport that can be enjoyed by anybody. With adventure sports there is an element of danger which can cause harm or death so all Safety Warnings must be followed.

Get Educated

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

Kitesurfing Schools

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

Learn more important safety tips from these great websites.

Kite with Friends

Kitesurfing with friends is always more fun and alot safer.

WARNING!

KITE FLYING CAN BE DANGEROUS – Read these instructions before Inflating. By using this product the user fully understands the inherent hazards and dangers that may lead to serious injuries or death.
- Never use near power lines, airports, streets, rocks, trees, houses, vehicles, including boats, bystanders or any other structure.
- Observe the weather conditions and do not use this product in thunderstorms, offshore, overly strong or gusty winds.
- For adult use only. Learn how to fly competently before using this product.
- This product is not a floatation or flying device and should not be used as one.
- Always wear safety equipment such as helmet and when using in water, a personal floatation device.
- Always allow the kite to dry before storage. Do not overinflate and have any damage repaired immediately by a qualified repair facility.

Activate

To take full advantage of all Switch Kitesurfing support and security systems log-in to your account to insure all details are up to date and activate the Watchdog security system.

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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.

Special settings

Custom set up the kites performance to suit your riding style.

Use

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

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

    • Rocks, Shells and anything with a hard edge can damage your kite.
    • Wave breaking on the kite can damage your kite.
    • Left stored pumped up in the sun and wind for long 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 damage is small and you can fix with your Switch Kitesurfing 1st Aid Kit, do so immediately.

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

Lifetime Warranty

We stand behind all our gear 110%. In the highly unlikely event of an equipment failure we'll sort out the issue for you as quick as possible.

LIFETIME WARRANTY

Reviews

Reviews //Nitro3

love on first sightReview by Bianca
I wanted to replace my 15M Element V1. With the new Element V3 on the horizon, I was in doubt what kite to choose for my lesser wind sessions. Felix advised the 14M Nitro V3 for the conditions that I'm riding in. And I must admit... this advise was spot on.

I was eager to try my new kite. So for my first session the wind was not ideal for the 14M, more suited for the 11M Element V2 I have. However the 14M gives you confidence from the moment of launch. Very good feeling on the bar and steady power built up. A real gust eater. Gust of 25/26 knots... no problem. I made a little video: http://vimeo.com/98655302

I fell in love with the Nitro this first session. It is very hard to contain myself not to replace my 11M en 7M Element V2 with a set of Nitro V3 instantly. Though I love those Elements too, the riding experience with the Nitro just connected with me.

I can ride it well powered from approx. 12 knots. I use a Spleene Door 59. With the 14M Nitro this make for a upwind like crazy combo. The only ones who beat me on this combo are kiters with bigger kite like a Spleene X 19 and a Slingshot Turbine 17M.

When in 15 knots or more I get my normal TT. Getting some practice jumping. For me 15-18 knots is the sweet spot. Nice high and lofty jumps and massive control.

The only negative I have to notice is the lit connection of the valve. The lit is connected to the valve with a small cord instead of a plastic connection like on the Element V2. When deflating the lit sometimes hits the canopy because the lit can move freely and the cord is maybe a bit to long. I have to hold my hand for the lit when deflating.

Great kite! If you're in the market for a new quiver, I would really consider the Nitro V3.

(Posted on 21/07/14)
удивительный кайт Review by Alex
Наконец-то обкатал свой Нитро3 12м. Впечатления от кайта только положительные. Конструктив на уровне ведущих производителей, внимание к мелочам просто поражает.
Действительно хенгтайм у него отличный, летишь долго и далеко. Удивил ветровой диапазон, дуло 8-16, триммер я даже не трогал, хватало дипауэра. Производителю Switchkites действительно стоит пересмотреть ветровой диапазон, на самом деле он намного шире заявленного.
Нагрузка на планке-минимальна, совсем не напрягает. С этим кайтом можно действительно очень быстро погонять. Рестарт -это очень просто , кайт рестартится почти автоматически. Так-же отличный задний старт.
Кайт прекрасно идет на ветер, по крайней мере лучше, чем все кайты, которые я имел раньше.
По поведению кайт очень похож на Best TS и Naish Park.
Если Вы сомневаетесь, купить или нет, то мое мнение-покупать однозначно.
По результатам тестирования мои друзья Иван(г.Устькаменогорск) и Игорь(г.Темиртау) также купили кайты Switch 12м и 14м.
Сегодня я заказал 12м Nitro3 и 9м Element3 для моего друга Руслана(г.Щучинск).
Как видите география распространения Switchkites в Каззахстане расширяется с каждым днем. (Posted on 18/07/14)
Nitro V3 .14mReview by GIBERT
I've been racing since 2007 on raceboards and now on kitefoil.The first Nitro kites i adquired in 2010 were definetly for me!! Now i needed a 14m to kitefoil in 7 knots and i naturally bought a Nitro V3..This kite is amazing of stability, and fast turns are easy , making your kite resourcing.to get speed.I have everything i need to kitefoil in a 7 knots light wind, power, stability and control with more depower! (Posted on 16/07/14)
Video Review Review by GleitenTV
German: http://gleiten.tv/index.php/video/action/view/v/1569/page/345/

English: http://gleiten.tv/index.php/video/action/view/v/1580/page/345/ (Posted on 3/07/14)
Switch Nitro 3 Kites 14m y 12m Review by Valentin
Soy un rider de nivel medio , pertenezco al Team Riders de Switch, puedo ofrecer mis kites para probar.

Me muevo por Malgrat , Castelldefells, Palamós, Riumar y Leucate, la afición del kite la comparto con mi hijo de 14 años.

La Switch Nitro 3 está orientada al rider que quiere un kite para disfrutar los saltos potentes y altos.
En las medidas grandes es excelente para viento suave.

Quien la quiera usar para surf la va a disfrutar. Los giros son muy rápidos pero progresivos con la sustentación que tiene, que la hace muy fácil para empezar con surf strapless.

Al ser un kite potente con una relación alto, no es muy adecuado para desengancharse.

A pesar que se considera un kite para nivel intermedio alto, yo no desanimaría a los principiantes a escoger éste kite , mi hijo que está comenzando y disfruta con la potencia de éste kite y con la facilidad de ceñir que ofrece con viento suave , es de los primeros en estar en el agua aún siendo un novato.

En detalles de acabado:

Utilizan los mejores materiales TECHNO FORCE/T9600 y Dimension-Polyant Dacron solamente para el borde de ataque.
Esta bien reforzada, una construcción muy sólida , no he tenido ninguna indecencia de calidad con Switch en mas de dos años . El capuchón protector del tapón de la válvula de inflado del kite, hace que se pueda recoger con facilidad el kite sin que el tapón dañe la tela para deshinchar se pone revés y se tapa, también se ha enfundado los clips de los clips del one pump.

Ahora no tiene ninguna polea,
Mejora en la estabilidad del kite en viento fuerte, soporta mejor las rachas.

Más rango de viento sobre todo en el extremo máximo.

Es potente pero no como la V2 , es cometa más progresiva.

Relanzar el kite resulta más fácil incluso con poco viento. Tiene sistema para facilitar la salida del agua del kite al relanzar.

Presión de barra es correcta suave pero suficiente para tener control del kite.

Resulta mas directo y rápido en los giros manteniendo la sustentación .
Capacidad de ceñida enorme.

http://switchkites.com/nitro3.html
(Posted on 4/06/14)
Nitro 3 12mReview by scot
It’s just an amazing kite. It roars upwind as if there is a real urgency to get somewhere, you hardly need to edge the board and are always overtaking others.

I really thought the Method V2 was my favourite kite of all time and it’s still brilliant but the Nitro3 has taken that spot. I have never owned a kite that can boost like this before. I had a Peter Lynn Venom2 not to long ago that I thought was the best at floating jumps but the Nitro3 is way better.

I have never jumped higher and now I’m already getting the board grabs in as the kite just gives me so much time in the air that I can have a think about it.

Break pressure is medium in my books; definitely not light but just right. One other thing is I find I do not look at this kite like I had to with my last one when kiting. You can just feel where it is, I feel that switch custom made this kite for me and I have to thank them for it. I could not be happier and do not understand how a kite could be better (I have had MANY! kites)
(Posted on 6/05/14)
Awesome!! (please update your wind range chart)Review by Kynan
I've had a 10m for 2 months now and finally feel that I have ridden it enough to give a complete review. I weight 180lbs, have been kiting for several years and typically ride a 132-134 twin-tip.
Let's start with the most impressive thing -- Wind Range. Seriously, Switch, please update your chart. (Are you afraid of people buying a single kite quiver?) This thing can handle both less wind and more wind than is indicated. The Nitro2 had a ton of bottom end. The 3 is the same. Maybe a little less grunt than the 2 but the extra speed makes up for it. I can ride and jump in 12-14 knots (I've been out and staying upwind in 10 knots on a 141 Spleene Session - in these conditions, I'd rather be on my 14...but just had to give it a try). I'm well powered in anything above 15. At the top is where I am most impressed. Yesterday, I was out in high 20s with sustained (several minute) gusts in the mid 30s and short gusts in the 40s. Never did I feel overpowered or out of control. I had the depower strap pulled about 1 1/2 inches. I could even depower it a bit more and throw down unhooked. On the 10m Nitro2, above 25, I always wanted a smaller kite.
THE TOP END OF THE NITRO3 IS AMAZING!!!!

Speed / stability / bar pressure -- faster than the Nitro2 but just as stable. Really nice bar pressure; lighter than the 2 but plenty to tell where the kite is. Tighter loops. The most impressive improvement in this area for me is the speed at which the kite returns to apex when you want it to. Even in light wind, it rockets back up, ready to dive again. Pump it up solid for the best performance.

Jumping - Others have written plenty on this topic. I'll keep it simple: The Nitro2 was a big air machine. The 3 is just as good in middle of the chart wind and better in higher wind.

Relaunch - Honestly, most modern kites relaunch well. Some are a little easier then the Nitro3, some are a little harder. Grab a bunch of steering line and you can get it to flip up on a tip and jump back into the air from just about anywhere; no need to wait for it to drift to the edge of the window. Well mannered in the water - very little tendency to roll or tangle when the lines and bridles are slack. This kite would make a good school kite (which is crazy considering its other performance characteristics).

Build quality / the little things - Check one out! Everything is top notch from the bag to the stitching to the scuff guards to the little enhancements like a neoprene cover for the huge and simple inflate/deflate valve. I did have a misseated leading edge bladder when it arrived. No big deal - didn't have to reinstall it - spent 15 minutes working it back in to place.

Full disclosure: I'm a Switch Team Rider - go out and test one and you'll see that everything I've written is spot on. Truly, an awesome kite. (Posted on 18/03/14)
Improving a great kite is not easy -- but the Switch Team succeededReview by Martin
I have flown the Nitro, then the Notro V2 and now the Nitro V3 -- as you can tell I am a fan. That said improving an already great kite is not easy, but the Switch Team has done it again ;-)
I love the new bridal system with NO MOVING PARTS. no more sliders getting stuck ever, which gives you smoother turns and better control. The new valve hoody is cool too as you can now leave the valve unscrewed while packing - very nice detail.
But best of all it has even more power and hang time -- so you can be the first one out and last one in (assuming you have the stamina / or just do multiple sessions).
I have the 14m which is my goto kite for SoCal, but because of the range the N3 offers I can ride it comfortably when others struggle with their 12m ;-)
In a nutshell -- try it and you will be hooked.

Good winds to all
(Posted on 1/02/14)
Totally brilliant KITE!Review by Pete
Wow what a kite, very light bar pressure, turns so quick, great boost. Even the missis likes it. I cannot fault this kite. I been kiting 10 years and i is 90kg, i have the 10m and 12m. will get the 8m the second it becomes available. Well done guys top kite. (Posted on 9/01/14)
Boost MachinReview by queney
Condition of test :
Nitro v3 in 10-12 and 14m² in 14 to 25 knots into Caribbean condition.
Comparaison of 3 generation of nitro 10m² (v1-v2-v3) witch i have got.

Boost :
This is a real boost machine, it goes up, it goes fast with a better stability than v1 and v2 in strong wind. This is THE KITE to have for oldschool, i allow me to make big board off and have a lot of time to put the board on my foot.
Windrange are also better than older version, v3 has got better high end (25knot with hudge boost in 12m)

Kiteloop :
I you wanna be kicked, this is the one you need, like the boost it pull your hard. To be honnest, at same size comparaison (10m) i found that v3 turn a little bit slower in kiteloop compare to v2 but with more stability and better and faster ressource. (Faster at twelves after a kiteloop)

Relaunch :
I don't test in very light condition, but v3 relaunch is still easy like v2

Bar pressure :
It depend of your setup. I found that v2 pull to much into the harness and on v3 bar pressure is harmonious and smooth.
V3 is also a plug and play kite, i don't have to change any node before enjoying it.

I don't test it into wave and unhook freestyle


If you test it, you gonna love it !! (Posted on 7/01/14)
Best free ride kite everReview by seves2000
Just unpacked my new switch nitro V3 12m.
Went down to the local flat water spot 13 to 16 knots
This kite out sailed everything on the water it was faster, pointed higher, jumped higher and floated longer. What have you done Switch you have created a  monster  in the best way.
The only thing I found hard was the pull when kite looping I will have to try it on the lighter bar setting as I had it on the middle setting
But so far what a great kite
(Posted on 4/12/13)

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