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FLOWFORM 2.0

by HQ Kites

Derived from Steve Sutton's original design, this is the only Flowform kite of moderate size now on the market, and a fine lifter for KAP. At 57" wide by 79" long, the kite falls between the old Flow Form 16 and the 30 in area, and has the swallow-tail form of the giant Sutton Flow Forms.

Wind range is from 8 - 30 mph —but hang on tight above 18 mph! Use 200# line, and absolutely wear good gloves.

The included sturdy carry bag is designed to be used as a sand anchor. Tow points are provided for a fuzzy tail, which is not included but recommended. See below.

HQ Flowform 2.0: U$156.00

ITW FOIL10

 

PARAFOIL 10

from Into the Wind

designed by Christoph Fokken

This attractive lifter is one of the few soft kites available that's the right size for lifting a light camera. At 33 x 43" (84 x 109 cm), it's 2 sq ft bigger than the now-extinct Flow Form 8, and because it's a parafoil, it pulls harder too and will lift a light rig in 8 mph or so. It comes with a drogue tail and 300' of 80# line. Ballistic nylon case 8" x 13" included.

NOTE: This kite is powerful enough that 150-200# line would be much safer for KAP, and is recommended for all flying in winds over 15 mph.

ITW Parafoil 10: U$85.00

 

Ralf Beutnagel's incredible

KAP-FOIL

by HQ Kites

Ralf is one of Germany's pre-eminent KAPers and kite designers (think Dopero). He studied all of the soft kites in use today and combined the best features of all of them to create one of the finest, most stable KAP lifters available. It's a big one—118" x 105", or 5 square meters—capable of hauling one of Ralf's heavy SLR rigs aloft in breezes from 5 to 25 mph.
See it flying here.

This kite is no toy—recommended for experienced adult fliers only. Fly it carefully with 300 lb line.

The KAP-Foil comes with a long segmented fuzzy tail and a sturdy carry bag which doubles as a sand anchor.

HQ KAP-FOIL 5: U$365.00

For an all-round reliable lifter in a wide wind range,
it's hard to beat a big delta, and as big deltas go,
there's no better bargain than the

LEVITATION DELTA
from Into the Wind

designed by Christoph Fokken

Done up in striking colors and fully nine feet in wingspan, the Levitation Delta is a gentle floater in light winds, but has a manageable pull when the wind comes up. Like most deltas, it flies at a high string angle, 65 - 75 degrees or more. Made of lightweight 40-denier ripstop nylon with a fiberglass frame, it has an oversized keel and trailing edge flap for stability, and now includes a stronger 3-piece spreader spar.

Though it will fly in a wider wind range, effective winds for lifting are 6 to 20 mph. The kite measures 55" high by 108" wide (143 cm x 274 cm), and comes in a heavy-duty ballistic nylon case, and can be collapsed to 30" (76 cm) long for easy travel.

You can fly the Levitation on lighter line, but we recommend 200-lb braided dacron for KAP unless the wind is really light.

LEVITATION DELTA: U$75.00

 

 

 

Flow Form 16 bag

Colors and details may vary slightly.

For really light air, try

The FLED
by G-Kites

developed by Michael Andersen and Brooks Leffler

The Fled is a cross between the light-wind Flare and the traditional Sled. It's a stable, strong, light-wind kite that flies at a line angle of 65 - 70 degrees, just about perfect for KAP or line laundry.

NOTE: The Fled's wind range is 5 to 12 mph (2 - 3 Beaufort); while it will fly in less and a bit more, the spars are lightweight and a lot more wind is not recommended. It should be used as a light-wind complement to your kite bag, not an only kite.

At just 60" by 80" (1.5 x 2 m), the Fled is moderate-sized, so it's painless to set up and store and very easy to handle. With only three carbon spars, it sets up quickly, and the 2-leg bridle requires no adjustment. The kite comes with a long bag, but collapses to about 43" (1.1 m) for travel.

Despite its size, the Fled develops impressive lift; it will easily lift a camera rig of one pound in 6-8 mph wind, making it ideal for our BEAK series or an R/C- or AuRiCo-controlled rig with a light point-&-shoot camera.

The Fled is very forgiving. It will fly with or without the included drogue tail, and with or without bowing the spreader spar, but is more stable for KAP with both.

Four color combinations are available. Most have black wings and white flares.

G-Kites FLED: U$115.00
Note: Shipment to Canada/Mexico requires a surcharge. See above.

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FUZZY TAIL

For smoothest, most stable flight, many kites benefit from a tail. While anything that provides a bit of drag is better than nothing, a favorite with many is the FUZZY TAIL, a simple fringe of nylon 8" wide by 15 ft long [20cm by 5m].

Available in red, blue, yellow, purple, black, or white.

FUZZY TAIL, 15 ft: U$15.00

 

 

 

WHICH LINE FOR WHICH KITE?

100 lb line is suitable for the Fled in all winds. In light air, you might use it for the Levitation Delta or Parafoil 10, but be careful.

200 lb line is right for the Parafoil 10 or Levitation Delta in moderate to strong winds, or the KAP-Foil in light air.

300 lb line would be advised for the KAP-Foil in winds above 12 mph.

BLACK BRAIDED DACRON® LINE
is a good choice for KAP, because it combines good strength and low stretch with ease of handling, reasonable cost, and low visibility.

All line prices are plus Postage/Handling.


100 lb test/500 ft. U$12.00


200 lb test/500 ft. U$20.00


200 lb test/1000 ft. U$38.00


300 lb test/500 ft. U$27.00

The 8-inch Halo Hoop is appropriate for 100 lb line, and for less than 650 ft of 200 lb line.

Use the 9-inch Halo for 300 lb line, and for 1000 ft of 200 lb line.

For longer lengths of heavy line, the Windbreaker winder is recommended, available from most kite dealers, or the CordReel, from your hardware store.

LINE WINDERS

The most popular device for winding flying line is the descendant of a plastic spool originally designed for hand-line fishing.

The
HALO HOOP WINDER
is made of ABS plastic and is nearly indestructible if you treat it with respect. That is, don't wind your line on the hoop under tension, or it will crush it through the elastic-bandage effect. No color choice.

8" HALO HOOP WINDER U$10.00


9" HALO HOOP WINDER U$12.00

 

Line not included.

For traveling, go compact with the
PHANTOM STAR LONGHORN BOBBIN.

It's laser-cut from 7-ply birch plywood, and has a couple of advantages over the hoop: you can figure-8 your line, averting twists; you can belay your line by taking a hitch over one horn of the bobbin; and you can pack it in your suitcase more easily than a hoop. It does not launch and wind as fast, however. Capacity is adequate for 500 ft of 200 lb line.

PHANTOM STAR LONGHORN: U$17.00

Questions, comments, requests, suggestions? EMAIL KEN CONRAD

Prices and specifications of anything on this page are subject to change without notice.