Whilst the majority of kites behave in similar fashion many have small peculiarities which are specific to them. Here are some examples:
This kite is best flown primarily using the main lines and when flown like this it is very stable and quite responsive, with increased used of the brake lines the responsiveness is increased with a very slight reduction in the stability of the kite which can become slightly prone to collapse at the tips (This is less so with the Mark II). The use of the brake lines to fly the kite backwards is possible but the kite is difficult to handle and has low stability in reverse.
This kite requires very precise set-up of lines and most of the work needs to be done with the brake lines, if you fly with the brake lines too slack and try turning the kite it will without warning just drop out of the sky from time to time. For this reason I fly the my Quad with a c-quad control bar instead of a pair of handles. By having the brake lines attached to the end of the bar and the main lines in the centre it insures that the brake lines are used primarily to control the kite. A well tuned C-Quad is a highly responsive and powerful kite, handling very much like a revolution at the edge of the window.
Firebee: This kite is pretty much the cheapest decent four line foil on the market. Its an all round kite that is fine for most activities although there are better kitres for any specific task. The Bee (as many refer to it) does have a tendancy to overfly. The kites performance can be greatly improved by adding power rings to the lines. The smaller versions are all very fast, especially the 1m.
The RM provides very good power for size and is best flown using a little brake pretty much all the time, however to provide traction and maintain its best stability this kite needs to be kept moving, the faster the better.
Lexx: The kite is similiar to a Raptor (Mark I). I have only flown the 7.7m which like most kites this size is slow but powerful. Has a tendancy to fold up near the edge of the window unless the lines are kept tight.
Little Devils: A nice amount of pull, the smaller ones are very fast through the air, good kites in the buggy, provided you have the right size. Quite a bit of lift generaten when moving. Very Stable.
This kite which is an improved version of the Nasa Wing generates almost full power in all areas of the wind window however the overall window is reduced compared to most kites. Additionally the nose of the kite is prone to collapse when the kite is turned sharply. Great for scudding but not the best for buggying.
Predators: The original Preditors were predecessor of the Viper (below) but is more refined and handles well in all conditions. Very fast in the buggy, minimal lift, lots of power, The Mark 3 is the current version. If you like speed, but don't like too much lift, this is a nice kite for the job.
The skytiger range responds well to input from all four lines and can be held stationary at almost any point in the wind window with a little practice, it also fly backwards smoothly and is not overly prone to collapse. One of the easiest kites to fly I have tried. The Hi (aspect) versions provide more power are quicker but a little less responsive.
Stackers: (Dual Line) One of the earlier power kites which hold there space as a resolt on a solid spar (no bridle) that bends in flight. The 6', 8' and 10' (4', 12' & 20' have also been made in the past) are currently available. All are quick through the air, difficult to re-launch, hard to buggy with (especially up wind) but can be stacked which looks impressive and can be lots of fun. I do suggest jumping with these as landings can be very hard.
A lot of people talk this kite down but it is a good buggy kite. It handles in a similiar way to a Hi-Skytiger. I did however find that it tends to be a bit of a handful when flown from a static position and when landing. Also this kite requires very precise set-up with small changes in brake lenght having a lot of effect on the kite.
Waterfoil: I never really got on with this one. It provided losts of power but I always found it a little sluggish, especially in the turn. I also found it was better to part inflate it prior to flying with a short lenght of hose which was a bit of a pain when setting up.
These are simply examples of kite oddities and every kite has its own which need to be learnt through trial and error. Practice is the best possible way to overcome a kites short comings and maximize its strengths.
Power kiting uses a large kite or high winds to produce a load big enough to move the flyer. Most of the variants of power kiting--especially the popular ones--are some type of sailing. All of the sailing forms use a large kite or a stack of kites as the power source for some vehicle however large or small.
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