The Parafoil Kite

Engine For Many Extreme Sports

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 Prices change, and a new kite comes onto the market from time to time, so this info is obviously out of date now.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 Out of date or not, it tells you a thing or 2 about foil kites.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, maybe.

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.

Price (USD)

Manufacturer

Name

Type

Sizes (sqr m)

< 100

Brookite

Sky Witch

2-line

0.6

Brookite

Sky Wizard

2-line

0.8

Flexifoil

Buzz

2-line

0.8

Flying Wings

Mighty Bug

2-line

0.5, 1.0, 1.5

HQ

Bongo

2-line

1.2

HQ

NPW 5

2-line

2.4, 3.4, 4.4

HQ

Symphony

2-line

1.2, 1.4, 1.8

Ozone

Imp 07

2-line

1.0

Spirit of Air

Power Foil

2-line

1.1, 1.4

Thunderbird

Speed Foil

2-line

1.0

PKD

Buster

4-line

0.7

Rhombus

Firebee

4-line

1.0, 2.0

Feed The Rat

FTR

depowerable

2.0, 3.0

100 - 199

HQ

NPW 5

2-line

6.9

HQ

NPW 9

2-line

3.4, 5.3, 7.6, 12.0

HQ

Rush

2-line

1.3, 1.8, 2.6

HQ

Symphony

2-line

2.2, 2.7

Ozone

Imp 07

2-line

1.5, 2.0

HQ

Beamer III

4-line

2.0

New tech

Ballistic

4-line

2.2, 3.6

Ozone

Imp Quattro

4-line

1.5

PKD

Buster

4-line

1.4, 2.0

Rhombus

Firebee

4-line

3.0, 4.0

Feed The Rat

FTR

depowerable

4.0

200 - 299

HQ

NPW 9

2-line

15.0

Ozone

Imp Trainer

2-line

2.0, 2.5, 3.5

Gin

Zig

4-line

1.0, 2.0

HQ

Beamer III

4-line

3.0, 4.0

HQ

Beamer TSR

4-line

1.8

New Tech

Ballistic

4-line

4.9

Ozone

Imp Quattro

4-line

2.0, 2.5, 3.5

PKD

Buster

4-line

3.0, 4.0

Spirit of Air

Cyclone

4-line

2.0, 3.0, 4.0

Feed The Rat

FTR

depowerable

5.5

300 - 399

Gin

Zig

4-line

3.0, 4.0, 5.5

Gin

Yoz II

4-line

1.8

HQ

Beamer III

4-line

5.0, 7.0

HQ

Beamer TSR

4-line

2.5, 3.6

Flexifoil

Rage

4-line

1.8, 2.5

New Tech

Ballistic

4-line

6.2

Ozone

Samurai 2

4-line

2.0, 3.0, 4.0

Ozone

Razor

4-line

2.5

PKD

Buster

4-line

5.5

400 - 499

Flexifoil

Rage

4-line

3.5, 4.7

Gin

Yoz II

4-line

2.6, 3.8

HQ

Beamer TSR

4-line

5.0, 7.0

Ozone

Samurai 2

4-line

5.0

Ozone

Razor

4-line

3.5

PKD

Buster

4-line

7.0

500 - 599

Flexifoil

Rage

4-line

6.0

Gin

Yoz II

4-line

4.8

Ozone

Razor

4-line

4.5, 5.5

PKD

Buster

4-line

9.0

600 -699

Gin

Yoz II

4-line

6.2

Ozone

Razor

4-line

6.8

Gin

Yoz II UDS

depowerable

1.8

Ozone

Access

depowerable

6.0, 10.0

700 - 799

Gin

Yoz II

4-line

8.5

Ozone

Razor

4-line

8.5

Gin

Yoz II UDS

depowerable

2.6, 3.8

North Husky Ltd.

n/a

depowerable

7.3, 11.3

800 - 899

Ozone

Razor

4-line

11.0

Gin

Yoz II UDS

depowerable

4.8

Ozone

Frenzy

depowerable

5.0

900 - 999

Gin

Yoz II

4-line

10.6

Ozone

Frenzy

depowerable

7.5

1000 - 1099

Gin

Eskimo

depowerable

4.0

Gin

Yoz II UDS

depowerable

8.5

1100 - 1199

Gin

Eskimo

depowerable

6.0

Ozone

Frenzy

depowerable

10.0

1200 - 1299

Gin

Yoz II UDS

depowerable

10.6

Ozone

Frenzy

depowerable

12.0

1300 - 1399

Gin

Eskimo

depowerable

8.5

Ozone

Frenzy

depowerable

14.0

1400 - 1499

Gin

Eskimo

depowerable

11.5

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!


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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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