When you are purchasing your first kite you want to buy
one that you are going to get maximum use out of.
Four Line handle foil kites
are safe, precise and easy to use and give you the maximum
manoeuvrability over your kite. Four line handles allow
you to slow the kite down, stop it in mid-air, reverse
the kite, park it on the ground and if it crashes on it's
nose - reverse launch the kite back into the air. This
makes them ideal for first time snowkiters.
Four line control bar foils
have built-in safety systems enabling you to launch and
land your kite on your own. The power of the kite is distributed
across both arms for easier flying but at the same time,
less control is available due to their overall setup.
Depowerable kites allow you
to use a single kite over a much larger wind range. This
is achieved by the depower control bar and bridle system
that can be adjusted to alter the amount of power generated
as you ride.
Bring the bar closer to you
will increase the kites power. Pushing the depower control
bar away will decrease the kites power but also increase
the kites speed as the kites angle of attack changes.
A harness is essential for
using depowerable kites. However you can fly them in light
wind conditions without the benefit of depower.
Depowerable foil kites are
easy to launch, land and pack away allowing for easy travelling
off-piste and solo snow-kiting.
For people with competent
kite flying experience or looking to get involved in snowkiting,
consider a depowerable foil kite between 6-8m in size
for use in a majority of wind conditions.
Check out the suitable options
Inflatable / Single Skin Kites:
Inflatable and single skin
kites are built mainly for kiteboarding and other water
based activities but are very popular for all types of
riding. It is imperative that pilots learn how to fly
first and how all of the safety systems operate before
venturing off-piste etc.
Be aware that different kites
of equal size can handle and lift very differently. It
is far easier to learn with a smoother, predictable, steadier
flying kite than a high performance kite.
Remember that some days the
equipment you own just will not be suitable, the wind
may be too strong to fly safely - any kite flown in too
stronger wind can be dangerous. Some days the wind will
be frustratingly light to achieve what you have set out
to do. Limits either way may also be determined by pilot
For people with competent
kite flying experience or looking to get involved in kiteboarding,
consider a 4-line kite between 9 - 12m in size for use
in a majority of wind conditions. Check out the suitable