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Comparison of Kites Used for KAP


Kite
Pull
@ 2Bft.*
Pull
@ 3Bft.*

Line
Wind
Range
(Bft)*
Flying
Angle
Surface
Area
Retail
Price $US

Comments
Sutton Flow Form 30 6# 23# 250# 2-4 40-45 30sqft $200 Compact Storage Size --- Low Flying Angle
Sutton Flow Form 16 3.5# 10# 150# 2-4 40-45 16sqft $100 Compact Storage Size ---- Low Flying Angle
Delta Conyne 13.5' ~10# ¹ 34# ¹ 250# 2-3 <58 40sqft? $200 High Flying Angle --- Good Long-Line Launches
Delta Conyne 9.5' 4# 11# 150# 2-3 60 29.4sqft $100 High Flying Angle --- Good Long-Line Launches
Delta 9' ? ? 80# 2-3 70 21sqft $85 High Flying Angle --- Good Long-Line Launches
Rokkaku 7' ? ? 200# 2-3 ? 30sqft $200 Very Steady
Dopero ? ? ? ? ? ? $235 Great for low winds. Heavy rig? Try the Maxi
Double Sled ? ? ? ? ? ? $65 Simple Homemade Construction
Pilot 50 ? ? 250-500# 2-3 +45° 50sqft $250 A low wind soft kite

* - Bft stands for Beaufort. A discussion of the Beaufort Scale and why it makes more since for KAP use appears on the Basics/Wind page.
** - Minimum wind for the Cody tested was 8mph. A Lighter Cody would lower the minimum wind speed.
¹ The pull measurements for the 13.5' DC were taken at the high end of 3Bft and the low end of 4Bft. The 2Bft figure is an estimate derived from anectdotal evidence from Walter Anderson.
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If you would like to fill in some of the spaces with question marks then go to the Cooperative Kite Pull Experiment on the Basics page