Wind Ranges & Kite Choices
0 mph. - 1 mph.
: This wind range is only for zero
wind or indoor flying kites. Kite line is as important as the kite
when flying this level of kite. Spectra 30 lb. or Spectra 50 lb. lines
are the lines of choice. Line length is also important. When flying ultra-lite
kites lines are generally 50 ft. or shorter for control reasons.
1 mph. - 3 mph. : This wind range is considered
ultra-lite and for advanced flyers only. Hours of practice is required
to become good at this level of flying. As with the zero wind kites you
will find short 30 lb. - 50 lb. spectra lines are needed. The advantage
to owning these kites are that when other flyers are waiting for wind
you are flying. This is also the kind of day that you may choose to get
out your Boomerangs and give them a try. Light to moderate winds make
the rangs fly much differently!
4 mph. - 7mph. : Winds in this speed range are approaching what most people consider good flying winds. They are wrong! This wind range will still require more flying skills and low wind flying equipment. Most very inexpensive kites will not fly at this wind range. These kites will have heavy frames and heavy low quality Dacron flying lines to make them more durable and crash resistant.
8 mph. - 12 mph. : Now we are in the normal wind range for all flyers. With these winds you will be able to launch and maintain flight with out much trouble. Crashes and landing will be with in the grasp of new flyers and advanced flyers will be able to practice those advanced stalls and trick moves.
13 mph. - 18 mph. : This is now the wind range where we can start to have some real fun with medium to heavy wind kites. Spectra lines between 80 lb. and 150 lb. should work with most medium 60" and up sized kites that you fly in theses winds. Some larger dual line kites will require heavier lines. Small 48' kites will still use 50 lb. spectra lines. If you own Sport Foils here is the wind to learn to fly in.These winds are strong enough to fly foils well but not so strong as to cause bodily harm if caution by the flyer is taken. Be very careful with the large foils in and above this wind range!
19 mph. - 24 mph. : Here is where many new flyers will damage kites. These winds are reserved for advanced flyers, heavy wind kites and traction foils. With this wind kites may fly at over 100 MPH. Crashing into the ground or hitting obsticals can be damaging to kites and dangerous to bystanders. Please take care when flying in high winds.