Hier etwas von Monty zum 2018er Switchblade, Switchblade vs. Switchblade HD (Full-Xply):
Am 31.07.2017 um 15:18 schrieb Monty Spindler I Loftsails:
Regarding your questions:
The difference between the new SB and the SB HD is color and Full-Xply.
Is the weight different also?
The HD version is a few grams lighter because the blue xply is 3.5mil, and the orange monofilm is 4mil, but the difference is not significant enough to justify publishing different weights for the two color versions.
Is there a different to feel on the water?
No difference on the water. Both the orange (bi-ply 4mil monofilm) and the blue (3.5mil biax xply) materials are 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.
Maybe because of more or less stretch of the material more or less speed or something else?
In my experience the performance of the two 2018 versions are identical.
The HD version best choice for clients looking for longevity, the normal version for price-point clients. Note that our colored monofilms are actually bi-plys with colorants in the glue- their UV resistance very similar to xplys. It is more the window where the HD version stands out- the HD xply window is substantially better regarding UV degredation compared to one-layer monofilm.
Thanks for your questions,
Kind regards Monty