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 Prices change, and a new kite comes onto the market from time to time, so this info is obviously out of date now.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 Out of date or not, it tells you a thing or 2 about foil kites.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

Parafoil Kite Table

Serious about going cross-country under parafoil kite power? Look towards the bottom end of the list...

Price US$ManufacturerNameTypeSizes (sqr m)
<100BrookiteSky Witch2-line0.6
BrookiteSky Wizard2-line0.8
Flying WingsMighty Bug2-line0.5, 1.0, 1.5
HQNPW 52-line2.4, 3.4, 4.4
HQSymphony2-line1.2, 1.4, 1.8
OzoneImp 072-line1.0
Spirit of AirPower Foil2-line1.1, 1.4
ThunderbirdSpeed Foil2-line1.0
RhombusFirebee4-line1.0, 2.0
Feed The RatFTRdepower.2.0, 3.0
100-199HQNPW 52-line6.9
HQNPW 92-line3.4, 5.3, 7.6, 12.0
HQRush2-line1.3, 1.8, 2.6
HQSymphony2-line2.2, 2.7
OzoneImp 072-line1.5, 2.0
HQBeamer III4-line2.0
New TechBallistic4-line2.2, 3.6
OzoneImp Quattro4-line1.5
PKDBuster4-line1.4, 2.0
RhombusFirebee4-line3.0, 4.0
Feed The RatFTRdepower.4.0
200-299HQNPW 92-line15.0
OzoneImp Trainer2-line2.0, 2.5, 3.5
GinZig4-line1.0, 2.0
HQBeamer III4-line3.0, 4.0
HQBeamer TSR4-line1.8
New TechBallistic4-line4.9
OzoneImp Quattro4-line2.0, 2.5, 3.5
PKDBuster4-line3.0, 4.0
Spirit of AirCyclone4-line2.0, 3.0, 4.0
Feed The RatFTRdepower.5.5
300-399GinZig4-line3.0, 4.0, 5.5
GinYoz II4-line1.8
HQBeamer III4-line5.0, 7.0
HQBeamer TSR4-line2.5, 3.6
FlexifoilRage4-line1.8, 2.5
New TechBallistic4-line6.2
OzoneSamurai 24-line2.0, 3.0, 4.0
400-499FlexifoilRage4-line3.5, 4.7
GinYoz II4-line2.6, 3.8
HQBeamer TSR4-line5.0, 7.0
OzoneSamurai 24-line5.0
GinYoz II4-line4.8
OzoneRazor4-line4.5, 5.5
600-699GinYoz II4-line6.2
GinYoz II UDSdepower.1.8
OzoneAccessdepower.6.0, 10.0
700-799GinYoz II4-line8.5
GinYoz II UDSdepower.2.6, 3.8
North Husky Ltdn/adepower.7.3, 11.3
GinYoz II UDSdepower.4.8
900-999GinYoz II4-line10.6
GinYoz II UDSdepower.8.5
1200-1299GinYoz II UDSdepower.10.6

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

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

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

Strong breeze
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