Welp - it looks like all-clear switches are officially a fad:
So we’ve got Everglide (JWK), TTC, Gateron is working on one, IIRC Tecsee is doing one for a vendor, and now Kailh is on the bandwagon.
If this means we get easy-to-find switches with a more normal failure rate and performance like the (a-stock) Aqua Kings, well - that’s pretty cool.
It looks like the stem of this one isn’t actually polycarb, but HMWPA - or high molecular (weight) polyamide. (They forgot the “weight” in their description.) If I’m reading the patent docs right, HMWPA enjoys high strength and low deformation - but I’m definitely not a chemist.
As an aside, this new release further confirms my suspicion that Kailh has left-behind the square-shrouded BOX design in favor of the round one that also includes the tapered housing that originally debuted with the Archon Art BOX switches - that means they’ll play nice with GMK caps even when the LED side is North-facing.