What's better: Wind Shields, Vented Kites or High Wind Kites?

What's better: Wind Shields, Vented Kites or High Wind Kites?

Post by Mitrum0201 » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Does anyone know how the performance differs with various high wind options in
kiting?  Otherwards, how does wind shields (wind brakes) put on a kite line
differ from vented kites?  Also, how would a vented kite differ from a high
wind kite (e.g.: Prism Alien).  How do they differ when doing various kite
tricks?   I wanted to find out before I invested some bucks.
 
 
 

What's better: Wind Shields, Vented Kites or High Wind Kites?

Post by Todd Copelan » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Between vented kites and kites capable of being flown in higher winds, it really
still depends on the kite itself. I think vented kites can tend to be more stable
in most winds, though.

Wind brakes, esp. when attached to the lines make many tricks difficult if not
impossible. They throw the "balance" of the kite off in that they catch the wind
and end up pulling the kite.

As always, it's best to try before you buy and have alot of kites in your bag for
every condition.

Quote:

> Does anyone know how the performance differs with various high wind options in
> kiting?  Otherwards, how does wind shields (wind brakes) put on a kite line
> differ from vented kites?  Also, how would a vented kite differ from a high
> wind kite (e.g.: Prism Alien).  How do they differ when doing various kite
> tricks?   I wanted to find out before I invested some bucks.


 
 
 

What's better: Wind Shields, Vented Kites or High Wind Kites?

Post by Ian Newha » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>Does anyone know how the performance differs with various high wind options in
>kiting?  Otherwards, how does wind shields (wind brakes) put on a kite line
>differ from vented kites?

I don't like to get out a vented kite until I've exhausted the options
for slowing an un-vented kite. If I've got fat lines and both sets of
fuzzies on and the kite is still too fast, then I get out my vented
kites.

So I don't consider heavy braking and vents to be interchangeable - get
the vented out too early and it can flounder on the edge or when the
wind eases off a little. Unless there's lot's of wind the window starts
shrinking too.

Opinions may vary here but IMHO the venting isn't really there to reduce
pull, rather to reduce speed usually so the pilot can fly figures
(although less speed=less pull). I own a couple of different vented
kites and have flown a couple more and none of them start to fly
'properly' until they get powered up and start pulling some.

Quote:
>  Also, how would a vented kite differ from a high
>wind kite (e.g.: Prism Alien).  How do they differ when doing various kite
>tricks?   I wanted to find out before I invested some bucks.

If you are looking for a recreational kite, vented kites aren't IMHO
very pleasant to fly. I'd go for the high wind kite option - a 3/4 kite
is a lot more fun. The smaller size and often deep billow keeps the pull
in check and their speed just adds to the fun. They are much more
responsive and a lot more tricky.

As usual YMMV,  if you can try a few vented kites and see what you
think.
--
Ian Newham


http://www.helen.demon.co.uk

 
 
 

What's better: Wind Shields, Vented Kites or High Wind Kites?

Post by RG » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Don't forget the Aerodrone Speed Limit, which is a hybrid between a
vented kite and standard kite.  It has a set of vents that
are "dynamic", in that they open and close as force of the wind
changes.  This not only gives it most of the advantages of a full
vented kite, but also makes it excel at smoothing out gusty winds.  The
vents open and close as the wind gusts, but the kite's speed remains
relatively constant, making it excellent for figures.  It tracks
extremely well and cuts sharp corners, but also tricks pretty well for
such a "bulky" kite.  It flies well from about 8-25 mph.  Check it out
on the Aerodrone web site at http://users.efortress.com/pshu/.

- Ron G.



Quote:

Mitrum020100

> >Does anyone know how the performance differs with various high wind
options in
> >kiting?  Otherwards, how does wind shields (wind brakes) put on a
kite line
> >differ from vented kites?

> I don't like to get out a vented kite until I've exhausted the options
> for slowing an un-vented kite. If I've got fat lines and both sets of
> fuzzies on and the kite is still too fast, then I get out my vented
> kites.

> So I don't consider heavy braking and vents to be interchangeable -
get
> the vented out too early and it can flounder on the edge or when the
> wind eases off a little. Unless there's lot's of wind the window
starts
> shrinking too.

> Opinions may vary here but IMHO the venting isn't really there to
reduce
> pull, rather to reduce speed usually so the pilot can fly figures
> (although less speed=less pull). I own a couple of different vented
> kites and have flown a couple more and none of them start to fly
> 'properly' until they get powered up and start pulling some.

> >  Also, how would a vented kite differ from a high
> >wind kite (e.g.: Prism Alien).  How do they differ when doing
various kite
> >tricks?   I wanted to find out before I invested some bucks.

> If you are looking for a recreational kite, vented kites aren't IMHO
> very pleasant to fly. I'd go for the high wind kite option - a 3/4
kite
> is a lot more fun. The smaller size and often deep billow keeps the
pull
> in check and their speed just adds to the fun. They are much more
> responsive and a lot more tricky.

> As usual YMMV,  if you can try a few vented kites and see what you
> think.
> --
> Ian Newham


> http://www.helen.demon.co.uk

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