Buyer's Guide : Kites for Excitement
by John Lutter, KiteStop.com
If you are looking for something a bit more exciting, try a kite with multiple-lines. These kites are capable of doing loops and turns and will really keep you on your toes.
Flown with two lines, stunt kites are capable of doing loops and turns. In the right hands, you'd be amazed at what these kites can do in the air. These kites are constantly on the move, and require the pilot to be aware at all times. Purchasing your first stunt kite can be a challenge, depending on your budget, it is often advisable to purchase a larger kite as they are slower and easier to fly.
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These stunt kites are flown with four lines and are very controllable. Similar to dual-line kites, they can do loops and turns, but they are also capable of going in reverse and doing very tight maneuvers. While beginners can certainly learn how to fly a quad-line kite, it is much easier if an experienced kite flyer shows you how to fly. If you are planning to purchase your first quad-line, I would recommend purchasing the Rev 1.5 SLE. It is the standard "quad-line" that is seen on most internet videos.
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When there isn't any wind, light-wind kites take over. These kites are made of very light materials and are often capable of flying indoors. Because of their lighter materials, these kites can be considered "delicate" and care must be taken when flying them. While the controls for flying a light-wind kite are the same as a regular stunt kite, the techniques are slightly different as you have to walk backwards to generate the "wind".
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These kites look like a parachute, and are capable of pulling someone across the ground. Larger versions are often used to pull people around in kite "buggies" or on landboards. Because of this power (and inherent danger), it is recommended that you start off smaller and work your way up to a larger size.
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