Our family went through the relaxed joy of single line kites (discussed in another recent AskMeFi
) when the kids were small, but about five years ago we took a chance and bought a two-line parafoil stunt kite (the now discontinued 1.2m² area Prism brand Stylus P.2
model). What a change from the gentle reverie of the single line! This kite is an thrillng workout on the beach that provides full control over it's high speed swooping flight as it pulls hard on your two wrist straps, and yet easily folds up into a pouch that fits in your pocket. (Here's a YouTube video of this type of parafoil kite
Now, however, we're looking for a bigger two-line parafoil kite that will blow us away (without literally blowing us away). The family members who would be flying this new kite weigh 150-200 lbs.
makes larger kites, and since our first one has proven indestructable and is still goin' strong, we're tending to want to buy another. There's the Snapshot 2.5
(2.5m²), then the Tensor
which comes in 3.1m², 4.2m², and 5.0m² sizes. These larger ones can also be set up to fly in a four-line configuration which apparently provides more control and also includes a brake line for safety.
In our initial research on the web, we also came across another company that sells "trainer kites" for people wishing to move on to the traction-kiting sports like kite surfing. They have a Trainer Kite Buyer's Guide
that provides a lot of information, including their recommendation to buy a three-line (!) kite. They primarily sell another brand of kites called HQ Kites
We also found another type of four-line kite (which has a frame instead of the soft parafoil construction) that seems very highly regarded called the Rev (or Revolution)
. The incredible control demonstrated in YouTube videos such as this one
is fascinating, but I'm concerned about the fragility of this design, since we have crashed our original kite into the beach many, many times.
So - - after all that, we're more confused than when we started and are having difficulty deciding which one would make the best new addition to our kiting family this summer, and therefore would welcome any advice from our fellow skydwellers here on MeFi.