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Kites Online For Under $40!
So many kites for sale, so little time to fly... Bricks-and-mortar kite shops aren't as common as they used to be, but there sure is an amazing array of designs available online. No prizes for guessing which country does most of the manufacturing in this sector!
Amazon, see over there on the right, has a large selection of new products. Sometimes reviews are left by customers, which can give some clues as to whether a particular design is a good buy or not.
There is little risk with simple Diamonds, Deltas and Sleds that appear near the top of search listings. The fancier and more complex the kite, the more cautious you should be before spending your money!
In the under $40 price range, most kites are
suitable for children. The bigger the kite, the more care needs to be
taken, however, in ensuring the pull of the string is manageable for the
child. Or they can just watch you fly it!
In the next section there are a few tips for picking a kite for your kid(s)...
Some Kite Selection Tips
For small children, stick with the smaller single-liners.
For example Novelty kites of various kinds, and the ever-reliable
Diamonds. Oh, and the small Sleds are super-convenient and almost indestructible!
Older kids with a bit more muscle will love the challenge of Sport kites
such as 2-line Delta or Parafoils! If you let them have a go, that is
;-) The Parafoil stunters have the advantage of almost zero set-up time.
Apart from these, fairly large but cheap single-line Delta kites are a
good choice. The line pull on these is usually very manageable, and they
can look quite stunning in the air. You might also occasionally find
cheap but quite large Diamonds as well.
As for Chinese kites... You might even find some authentic hand-painted silk-and-bamboo examples of these kites for sale here! Something different to fly with friends, don't you think?
Plus there's a whole lot of kite-related gear that doesn't
actually fly. DVDs, pictures, ornaments, ear-ring studs, you name it.
Maybe your kite-fanatic friend's birthday is coming up ;-)
Remember, keep your distance from power lines and other people, when flying any kind of kite. Those accidents you see on shows like Funniest Home Videos might get a laugh - but the person on the receiving end might not feel like laughing so much... Ouch.
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Sep 17, 14 06:33 AM
Well, it was the same reserve and a similar time of day. A bit closer to sun-down perhaps. Only the kite was different - the Dowel Barn Door kite this time, chosen to suit the 'gentle' strength wind gusts of between 15 and 20 kph.
The first flight went well, with the kite soaring straight up on around 45 meters (150 feet) of line. The late afternoon sun glinting off the panels as the kite moved about at steep line angles. In the gusts and lulls, the kite had a tendency to pull to the right at times.
As I was taking the kite down to do a bridle adjustment, the main problem became apparent. The horizontal spar had pushed through the tip-tape on the right corner of the sail, drastically reducing the sail area to the right of center. It was actually surprising how well the kite was still flying, given the gross problem with the sail!
On a second flight, with the tip repaired, there still appeared to be a slight pull to the right. So, after taking some video footage of the Barn Door's antics, it was brought down once again. This time the bridle knot was taken across by about a centimeter (1/2"). That was better! The 1.2 meter (4 feet) span pale orange kite shot right back up, showing much less tendency to pull across when under pressure.
After some more video was taken, with the kite soaring around almost directly overhead at times, it seemed safe enough to let out more line. It was surprising to feel the flying line touching my jeans while it was anchored under-foot! How much rising air can there be at this time of day? At the time I was concentrating on keeping the wandering kite in-frame as I took video.
Finally, after enjoying the kite doing its thing on over 60 meters (200 feet) of line, it came time to pull the Dowel Barn Door down. When within 30 feet or so of the ground it started to float and sink face-down. Then it was an easy matter to pull in the remaining few meters of line, keeping the kite flying until the bridle lines were in hand.
Weather stations were reporting around 10kph average wind speeds with gusts almost to 20kph.
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