Switchblade

Switchblade

SWITCHBLADE 2018

3-CAM PERFORMANCE FREERACE

Sizes: 5.0 5.8 6.3 6.8 7.3 7.8 8.5 9.3

Generated from the successful 2017 edition, the new Switchblade 2018 leads the field again by taking it to the next level of performance in free ride sailing. Renowned for having the widest range of its class, the Switchblade transforms from a low-end powerhouse to a top-end racing weapon thanks to its wide tuning range. For 2018 Loftsails introduces two Switchblades: SWITCHBLADE HD: ultimate longevity and reduced weight- full xply: 5-mil biaxial luff and foot panels, 4-mil biax window panels, and 3.5-mil biax body panels. SWITCHBLADE: 5-mil biaxial luff and foot panels, 5-mil mono window and 4- mil bi-ply body panels. The Switchblade 2018 is tuned race elasticity that one can feel.




FEATURES
& BENEFITS

  • Unique SDM and RDM mast compatibility. Tekcam2 Large (installed) and Reduced (in sailbag) included with sizes 8.6 and down.
  • Metallic cam interfaces – MCIs eliminate contact point degradation characteristic of cam designs without MCIs.
  • Full tubed batten structure – solid stability for the upper end of the wind range.
  • Xply batten pockets that alternate sail sides... using similar material for the batten pocket as the body material minimizes the asymmetric character of applied batten pockets. Pockets made with laminates allow the batten to be centered. These features combine to maintain rotation symmetry. In contrast, same-side dacron pockets promote assymetrical rotation.
  • Streamlined neoprene boom cutout with dual zippers – limits water entry into the mast sleeve for fast recovery.
  • Blade mast pocket construction - pocket sides under the tack pulley webbings for rotation ease, clean mast pocket and longevity.
  • Kevlar strip applications - profile definition, mast pocket stability and longevity
  • Tekcam2 camber inducer design - easy rotation and gentle to your mast.




MIRIAM RASMUSSEN

NOR 17

International Team Rider

Norway

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE SWITCHBLADE 2018

In retrospect, when I started training for racing 6 years ago, I realize I should have began with the Switchblade. Being so light and incredibly easy to handle, the Switchblade is the perfect blistering fast sail to improve your speed sailing performance.

The difference in top speed between full race and the SB is marginal, just ask the guys and chicks while freesailing and during competition! But the extra agility and lightness make it so much easier to work and improve on trim on the reach and speed through transitions that in many ways it's a far superior speed sail to rapidly increase your skills in flatwater blasting! The 2018 version feels even better in the hands, and with a wider range I think most recreational freeracers would benefit from using the Switchblade compared to full race sails. The math is simple -easier to handle + same top speed = more fun!




SAIL SPECIFICATIONS

Description

Size

Luff

Boom

Vario Top

Extension

Cambers

Battens

Recommended Mast

Weight

Switchblade 5.0 Blue HD 2018

5.0 m2

398 cm

180 cm

Vario Top

28 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 370

4.67 kg

Switchblade 5.0 Orange 2018

5.0 m2

398 cm

180 cm

Vario Top

28 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 370

4.67 kg

Switchblade 5.8 Blue HD 2018

5.8 m2

422 cm

186 cm

Vario Top

22 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 400

4.88 kg

Switchblade 5.8 Orange 2018

5.8 m2

422 cm

186 cm

Vario Top

22 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 400

4.88 kg

Switchblade 6.3 Blue HD 2018

6.3 m2

440 cm

192 cm

Fixed

10 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 430

5.09 kg

Switchblade 6.3 Orange 2018

6.3 m2

440 cm

192 cm

Fixed

10 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 430

5.09 kg

Switchblade 6.8 Blue HD 2018

6.8 m2

456 cm

200 cm

Fixed

26 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 430

5.26 kg

Switchblade 6.8 Orange 2018

6.8 m2

456 cm

200 cm

Fixed

26 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 430

5.26 kg

Switchblade 7.3 Blue HD 2018

7.3 m2

474 cm

206 cm

Fixed

14 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 460

5.5 kg

Switchblade 7.3 Orange 2018

7.3 m2

474 cm

206 cm

Fixed

14 cm

3

6

Team Edition RDM/SDM 460

5.5 kg

Switchblade 7.8 Blue HD 2018

7.8 m2

492 cm

214 cm

Fixed

32 cm

3

7

Team Edition RDM/SDM 460

5.9 kg

Switchblade 7.8 Orange 2018

7.8 m2

492 cm

214 cm

Fixed

32 cm

3

7

Team Edition RDM/SDM 460

5.9 kg

Switchblade 8.5 Blue HD 2018

8.5 m2

508 cm

220 cm

Fixed

18 cm

3

7

Team Edition RDM/SDM 490

6.13 kg

Switchblade 8.5 Orange 2018

8.5 m2

508 cm

220 cm

Fixed

18 cm

3

7

Team Edition RDM/SDM 490

6.13 kg

Switchblade 9.3 Blue HD 2018

9.3 m2

524 cm

228 cm

Fixed

34 cm

3

7

Team Edition RDM/SDM 490

6.31 kg

Switchblade 9.3 Orange 2018

9.3 m2

524 cm

228 cm

Fixed

34 cm

3

7

Team Edition RDM/SDM 490

6.31 kg

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