Switchblade 2018

3-CAM PERFORMANCE FREERACE

Sizes: 5.0 5.8 6.3 6.8 7.3 7.8 8.5 9.3

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.

Colorways

Design Testimonial by Monty Spindler

“Freerace made fast and easy. Proven performance.”

Details

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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Frequently
asked questions?

I can see minor colour inconsistancy in the coloured monofilm material, is this a quality problem?

Loftsails using high quality Dimension Polyant films considered as a leading film manufacturer. The BI-PLY colored monofilm are two films laminated together. During production there is a large temperature difference between the two films at the lamination point. This causes the top film (film with color adhesive) to slightly shrink and the bottom film does not shrink at the same rate. This can cause "a slight minimal wave or impression" in the fabric. There is no concern on laminate quality.

What does 1 Year Unconditional + 1 Year Conditional warranty cover?

Warranty is valid 2 years after date of purchase. The first year the warranty is unconditional meaning that failure of product will be unconditionally be warranted. The 2nd year will be under the condition that the product has clearly suffered from a manufacturer error.

Is there a difference in performance between the Oxygen and Switchblade in HD (Full X-ply) and there none HD counterparts?

Weight There is almost no difference in the weight of the sail as the full biax X-ply version layer thickness is 3.5 mil compared to 4 mil monofilm. Performance No difference on the water. Both the orange (bi-ply 4mil monofilm) and the blue (3.5mil biax xply) materials are more stretch-resistant compared to the 2mil (triax) that some brands use for flatwater sails. The performance advantage of 3.5 and 4mil materials over 2mil xply was well established in tests the summer of 2015. Durability The HD version is the best choice for windsurfers looking for longevity, the normal version is more budget friendly. Note that our colored monofilms are actually bi-plys with colorants in the glue- their UV resistance very similar to X-ply's. It is more the main window panel where the HD version stands out- the HD xply window is substantially better regarding UV degredation compared to one-layer monofilm.

When unrolling my sail some battens are looking pre-curved?

All windsurfing sails with battens experience batten bending when rolling for transport. The battens will bend because of the curves cut into the sail to produce profile. Loftsails are rolled right side up, this flexes the battens as if the sail is on starboard tack. Battens are made from polyester, carbon and resin. They remember their being curved, which gives the sail a pre-disposition to be on starboard tack. This results in the sail having a preference to be on starboard tack. This asymmetric character is normally not an issue. Rolling the sail port side up will tend to bend the battens in the opposite direction which can minimize this asymmetric character.

Why are there small wrinkels visible in the footpanel of my sail?

Monty comments: Wrinkles in the foot panel are common to my designs! There is always alot of profile worked into the bottom of the vertical seam, I have tried to remove the wrinkles from the lower panel but this results in flatter shapes that do improve performance. Many of our sails do not show such foot panel wrinkles, however unfortunately one could say they are typical of my designs.

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