Tied to the Sky / about stunt kites
I remember as a kid trying to fly kites that you had to run like mad just to keep them aloft. It made for a very frustrating experience. One exception from my childhood was a delta shaped black plastic kite that you affixed adhesive eyes too. These fiery eyes made it look pretty cool, and you know, if flew pretty well!
As fun as that kite was, being made of plastic it didn't last very long! When we started the Great Canadian Kite Company (read our story here) we wanted to make sure that we sold a quality product that flew well and was built to be durable by quality kite standards. As such, all the kites we have chosen are from reputable manufacturers with proven designs that fly in the stated conditions.
But even then... what does a wind range really mean? A wind range is given to communicate the wind speed necessary to fly the given kite. So a range of 10 - 40 kph means that the kite is capable of flying in winds as low as 10 Kph to an upper limit of 40 kph.
The upper range can be a little more flexible if just flying the kite is the priority. When kites fly in winds above the range, they will often become much faster, harder to control, pull too hard and difficult to trick. Too much wind will rip stitches and fabric, or break framing and line. It also can increase the potential for damage with hard crashes.
In higher winds you can add wind brakes or add tails, and this will often raise the upper limit.
Sometimes, especially with stunt kites (especially low wind or Indoor) you see a lower wind range of zero or 5 or 8 or 10 kph. Low wind kite flying is an art as much as it is a science and many manufacturers when establishing the lower end of the wind range have folks testing it who are really good pilots!
So can the kites fly at those low ranges? You bet. Can anybody fly them in the low range - not always right away but with some practice you can learn to keep your kite aloft at the lowest wind ranges. So to that end, as kite professionals, we are here to offer you a thoughtful recommendation on the kinds of kites and kite accessories that will get you in the air with the goal of providing the best kite flying experience we can!
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With summer coming to an end and fading into autumn, we managed to get some breathing time to get out to the kite field today, a lovely day in Taber, Alberta, Canada.
Jake and I took the opportunity to do a home-spun video on setting up your new dual-line stunt kite. The kite used in this video was a trick machine by Into the Wind - The Trickster - a super cool kite loaded with features for the intermediate pilot.
We have also included a short bit on the anatomy of a stunt kite but we will be doing video's specific to this subject and many others in the weeks to come!