• How to choose a kite 18 August 2018 | View comments

  • Guide on how to choose a kite  

    The best kites to start with is a single-line kite, and there are many designs to choose from.


    • Delta kites: are just as easy as diamonds and make great first kites. These triangle-shaped kites again come in many patterns, and an even greater range of sizes. We have them right up to a 19 foot wingspan, with enough pull to give anyone a good work-out on a windy day! Smaller ones, in the 4ft to 6ft range, are ideal for children, and need only the insertion of one strut to be ready to fly. Deltas fly without tails, but look better and are more stable in higher winds with one of the many types of tail available.


    • Diamond Kites: are one of the simplest kites to assemble and fly, and come in a huge variety of colors, patterns and sizes. They almost always need a tail to fly well, and although this is usually supplied, you can change it or add to it if you wish.


    • Easy-flyer kites: are a variation of the delta, with permanently-attached tails. They are ideal for children, and are so stable that they are almost guaranteed to fly in all but the most unfavourable conditions. Once more, they come in many patterns, and some designs are very amusing.


    • Cellular or Box Kites: are interesting structures that, with a good wind, can fly well. There are even ones which revolve in flight, making a fascinating spectacle. Most of these kites need more assembly than the three previous categories and are not quite as easy to fly. There are some, however, that are pre-assembled. They just pop open and are then ready to launch immediately.


    • Parafoils and Sleds: are kites that rely on the wind to inflate them, rather than on spars (sticks) to keep their shape. All but the smallest sleds usually have very thin, flexible spars built in to them, while parafoils are entirely soft. Large ones can pull very hard, but the smaller ones are perfect for a child, and pack up so small and light that you can take them anywhere with no trouble. Flying them is easy, but they are not always quite as stable as the sticked kites.

    There are many more specialised types of kite that you may want to explore once you have mastered the art of kite-flying.

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