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)...
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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Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM
This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...
In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.
It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.
Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.
A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.
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