Tied to the Sky / trick kite
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!
Great Canadian Kite Company also have some Resources for the Kite Flyer:
February 8 and I discover it is National Kite Day. February? Kites? Maybe for the the adrenaline junkies racing across the snow pulled by large traction kites, or perhaps for the lucky folks in southern climates where cold and snow are not a reality - but February 8th in Southern Alberta?
Well, God was smiling upon this prairie boy today with a gorgeous sunny day at a balmy +16 degrees Celsius and a lovely west wind about 20 kph. The flying field was clear and dry - so I couldn't have asked for a better day in February!
I started off with a new favourite - the Toxic by R-Sky. Such a sexy dual-line kite, tuned right in and she snapped to attention. Had times where I would toss it around the sky to the delight of the children in the school yard across the way as they pressed up against the chain link to watch the Toxic strut her stuff. Lots of cheers from the pint-sized audience! Made this kite flying hack feel like a pro!
The recess bell rang and the children returned to class and the I started practicing forms, and a few more graceful patterns. It has been a long while since I had opportunity to enjoy an extended period of time to fly.
As you probable know - a kite day is not complete without some time with Revolution quad line kite. The winds had diminished to about 12-15kph so I chose one of my favourites - a full sail1.5 with a 3 wrap frame in our shop colours O'Canada. Talk about therapeutic! OMG - sail loaded so nicely, the wind wasn't too trashy at all. I was a bit concerned that my injured right arm would struggle with control but even my body chose to be gracious on this lovely day. I like Revs for so many reasons, I like the precision, the outa box unidirectional control, introverted flying , stop at a dime, and the way they hover, like they are nailed to the sky.
(The only bummer was couldn't find the power cord to my video camera to get the battery charge and shoot some video. I'd like to blame my kid... but truth be told... I think I'm the guilty party.)
FYI - used Shanti Warp Speed line on both kites today. Love Shanti line - performs greats, lasts forever!
A fantastic day - and the good news... the rest of the week is looking even better! I hope that wherever you are that you have time to get out and fly whatever puts a smile on your face!
P.S. - April is National Kite Month!
No wind? No problem! Glide kites are hugely popular for just this reason. A combination of single line kite flying and the skill and interactiveness of stunt kite flying these tethered gliders float, spin stat all dive and glide on a puff of wind or a simple tug on the line. This incredibly graceful for of kite flying is don up close and personal which makes it ideal for small spaces and indoor flying!
One of our favourites is the Skate from the good folks at Into The Wind. The Skate is a Paul de Bakkers design. Paul de Bakker's Skate is flown by many top indoor competitors. Adding grace and elegance every place you fly, it turns kiteflying into performance art. Its nose pocket accepts one to three coins, allowing you to tune it for indoor or outdoor conditions, add weight to the nose to make it glide. Remove the coins to fly it as a kite in 0 to 6 mph winds.
See it in action!
Wing Span: 162cm
Sail: 0.6 oz. Ripstop Polyester
Frame: Micro-Carbon rods
Line: 100ft x 50lb Dynema included.
Wind Range: 0 - 9kph