Bora 5 & 7
$39.00 – $55.00
Easy to fly and easy to pack, the Bora celebrates the wind with a long, flowing tail.
- Technical Specs
- Tips & Resources
The Bora is an easy-to-fly soft foil that flies straight from your hand and stuffs into a lunchbox or backpack when you’re done. Perfect for hanging out in Antarctica, the South Pacific, or your local park. The long flowing tail ensures you’ll be seen from a mile away.
Bora comes in two sizes with 5 and 7-square-foot sails. They’re all easy to handle and quick to launch. Just attach the string and let the wind fill the sail – there’s nothing to put together and no parts to lose.
Hold on to that Bora 7 in a breeze. The biggest size has a solid pull and can lift small objects like a GoPro camera or some tube tails off the line.
Comes with braided flying line on an easy-to-use hoop winder.
|Packaged Weight||0.375 lbs|
|Packed Size||11 × 4.5 × 1.5 in|
Tips & Resources
Which size is most versatile?
The Bora 7 is the biggest and most stable. It will fly in the lightest wind and stay more stable in gusty winds due to its larger sail.
Is the Bora a good backpacking kite?
It’s awesome for backpackers and anyone traveling light and fast. With no parts to lose and nothing to break, all three sizes stuff into a pocket-sized pouch and weigh just ounces.
Does the Bora pull hard enough to lift my GoPro?
We’ve had fun using the Bora 7 in stronger winds (15mph+) to lift small action cameras on a simple stabilizing pendulum mount.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Bora includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.
What’s the difference between framed kites and soft foil kites?
Framed kites have a fixed wing shaped by sailcloth stretched across a rigid fiberglass or carbon fiber frame. Framed single-line kites come in many shapes, from the classic diamond to deltas, box kites and gliders.
Foil kites are similar to paragliders and ram-air parachutes in their construction. Made from fabric only, they get their shape as the wind inflates the wing chambers through inlets along the leading edge. Multiple bridle lines hold the wing in a specific shape and angle to the wind. Foils are great for travel because they stuff into a small pouch and have no separate parts to lose or assemble.
What’s a good place to fly single-line kites?
All kites fly best in smooth, consistent wind, so choose your flying spot carefully to avoid gusty or turbulent wind. Like whitewater in a river, wind that flows past obstacles like trees, buildings and hills becomes gusty and choppy and can make controlling your kite difficult. The best place to fly is an open beach or field with wind blowing from off the water. If you fly inland, look for wide open fields or hilltops with no trees, buildings, or hills for at least a quarter mile upwind. With experience you’ll be able to fly in less than perfect conditions more easily, but when you’re just learning, a smooth, consistent wind makes a huge difference.
How much wind do you need?
For most all-around kites, a steady 8-12 mph is ideal. But with experience, you’ll quickly learn how to feel the air currents through the line and keep your kite aloft in lighter winds too. Smaller kites typically need a bit more wind, and some specialized kites like the Zero G are build so light that they can glide around on a flat calm day, or even indoors.
What’s the easiest way to launch a kite?
Have a helper walk the kite downwind 20 to 30 paces while you let out the line. With the nose pointed upward, pull in some line to launch and the kite will climb into the sky. If you don’t have a helper, prop the kite pointed up against a log, a stump, or some handy object and pull it into the air from 75-100 feet upwind. In light winds the kite may be reluctant to climb. Often the wind is stronger and steadier higher up, so pull in line to help drive it upward, then let line out whenever you feel wind pressure on the sail.
What’s the easiest way to launch a kite by myself?
Stand with your back to the wind and hold the kite with nose pointed up until it catches enough wind to go aloft. Let out line slowly as the kite goes higher, and pull in when the wind slacks off. As the kite gains altitude you’ll be able to let line out more quickly. The kite may be squirrelly down low but it will get more stable as you reach stronger wind higher up.
What’s the easiest way to retrieve a kite quickly in strong winds?
In stronger winds or with a harder pulling kite, it’s easiest to “walk the kite down.” Have a friend hold your winder or tie it off to an anchor. Then walk towards the kite, pulling down the line hand over hand. It is important to use gloves with a hard-pulling kite, as a strong gust of wind could cause kite line to cut your hands. Some Prism kites like the Bora come with a metal clip on the bag for walking the kite down. Simply hook the clip over the line, hold the bag and walk toward the kite until you’ve brought the kite safely back to earth.
How do I attach the line to my kite?
Many Prism kites come with a clip to attach your line so no knot is needed. For kites without a clip, tie a Lark’s Head knot to connect the loop on your flying line to the pigtail on your kite. Here’s a video of how to tie the Lark’s Head knot.