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Element 5 Size

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Created by snalberski 1 month ago, 24 Aug 2017
snalberski
WA, 409 posts
24 Aug 2017 2:30PM
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Considering buy a Switch Element 5 for wave riding but not sure what would be the best size to buy. I have 8 & 10m Nitros and am thinking to get a 9m Element. At 82kegs with a SB what would be the most useable size in Perth seabreeze type conditions.... say from 18-22knts

toppleover
QLD, 1206 posts
24 Aug 2017 8:03PM
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I'm 73kgs & in 18-22 would be on my 7m but could also use my 10.
I think a 8 or 9m for you would be ok, E5s have great range.

jamesperth
WA, 474 posts
25 Aug 2017 7:36PM
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I've got a 5 and it's also perfect for foiling in summer seabreeze too Simon ! Anything over 18 knots - perfect.

Youll get a lot of use out of it ...

cauncy
WA, 5417 posts
26 Aug 2017 3:19PM
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jamesperth said..
I've got a 5 and it's also perfect for foiling in summer seabreeze too Simon ! Anything over 18 knots - perfect.

Youll get a lot of use out of it ...


Not in Queensland you wont??

bene313
WA, 1285 posts
29 Aug 2017 10:37AM
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Oh I get it... Element 5 is the kite model/series. Not a 5m.

But 5m kites are sick you should get one anyway!!

mazdon
725 posts
29 Aug 2017 10:03PM
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snalberski said..
Considering buy a Switch Element 5 for wave riding but not sure what would be the best size to buy. I have 8 & 10m Nitros and am thinking to get a 9m Element. At 82kegs with a SB what would be the most useable size in Perth seabreeze type conditions.... say from 18-22knts


Hey Snal
what SB's? And how good a Kiter are you?
I'm closer to 90kg, experienced WA kiter, usually strapless unless on big bombies.
15 to 20 = 9m
22+ = 7 or 6m

so 9 if you like being powered up, or get a 7 if you're mostly down winding.

and def a 5 as per bene for those 30 days....

jezzacairns
WA, 31 posts
23 Sep 2017 1:43PM
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snalberski said..
Considering buy a Switch Element 5 for wave riding but not sure what would be the best size to buy. I have 8 & 10m Nitros and am thinking to get a 9m Element. At 82kegs with a SB what would be the most useable size in Perth seabreeze type conditions.... say from 18-22knts


Did you end up getting one? If so what size and is it any good?

Youngbreezy
275 posts
24 Sep 2017 12:04AM
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I destroyed my 5m element 4 yesterday on some jagged rocks. It kind of overshot the wind window in a gust as I was just cruising along on a wave. It dropped like a rock and got mowed down by the wave then washed into some jagged rocks and torn to shreds. I am not too devastated as I wasn't really into the kite. To me it felt twitchy and would shoot too far forward in the window when riding waves and didn't have the smooth drifting feel of a wave kite. I'd had it overshoot the window and drop out of the sky a couple times before, this last time was it's undoing. The way it dropped yesterday really took me by surprise though as it was blowing about 30knots and you would think a 5m kite would stay up pretty easy in that wind

Bear in mind this is the element 4 I am talking about not the 5. Apparently the 5 has better drift. The build quality seems pretty good not good enough to withstand jagged limestone but then what kite would

snalberski
WA, 409 posts
25 Sep 2017 8:12PM
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jezzacairns said..

snalberski said..
Considering buy a Switch Element 5 for wave riding but not sure what would be the best size to buy. I have 8 & 10m Nitros and am thinking to get a 9m Element. At 82kegs with a SB what would be the most useable size in Perth seabreeze type conditions.... say from 18-22knts



Did you end up getting one? If so what size and is it any good?


Hey jezz...no I didn't get one yet and probably won't at this stage. Really I am wanting a kite to double as a extra-marginal conditions foilboarding kite and wave kite. Switch are working on a new line of all sized Heliums to do just that but they won't be available this season. The Airush Ultra seems just the ticket so they might get the cash if I need to buy myself a Xmas present



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