For a good overall picture of the parafoil kite scene back in 2007, see the big information table below. Prices change, and a new kite comes onto the market from time to time, so this info is obviously out of date now.
However, have you seen anything like this table anywhere else on the Web? I don't think so! Out of date or not, it tells you a thing or 2 about foil kites.
The cheapies are at the top of the table, and are not necessarily
of much use to you as a traction kite! Ok for a bit of a slip'n'giggle
out on the frozen lake with someone's old pair of skis or toboggan,
The e-book Making The MBK Parafoil Kite shows you how to construct a simple 4-cell single-line parafoil. Check it out if that's more your style :-)
Parafoil Kite Table
Serious about going cross-country under parafoil kite power? Look towards the bottom end of the list.
Did you notice some groups or categories in all that parafoil kite data? Here's what I saw...
- 2-line stunt kites for flying in the park, with steering ability but not much power for traction sports
- bigger stunt kites, with more useful amounts of power
- small 4-line traction kites that could be used to snowkite, for example
- low-end de-powerable parafoil kites, tough and ideal for beginners
- more expensive 4-liners, quite good to snowboard or buggy with
- mid-range de-powerable foils, perfect for snowkiting
- most expensive large kites, stable with smoothly controllable power over a very wide wind range
Hope you got something out of all this parafoil kite info!
Just for a bit of fun, it's possible for anyone to whip up their own parafoil kite from plastic sheet and packing tape...
Try making my single-line parafoil one day :-) It has a very respectable wind range, although that's shifted towards the light end of the spectrum.