The EO Atom is a super fun tumbling box kite that folds flat and pops open ready to fly
- Technical Specs
- Tips & Resources
Pop it into the sky and it flies. Phil McConnachie came up with this pop-up box kite in his shop down under. It soars like a single line kite should, but lets you have a little trick fun as well. A quick tug and a bunch of slack will send it swooping and tumbling. A steady pull will bring it right back up to cruise altitude. Crash landing? No worries! Give it a tug. No matter which way the EO Atom lands you can pop it back up into the sky.
The EO Atom comes with braided flying line on an easy-to-use hoop winder. Quick-start instructions are printed permanently on the inside of the sleeve. The kite folds flat and pops open right out of the sleeve, no assembly required.
|Packaged Weight||0.375 lbs|
|Packed Size||20.5 × 13.5 × 1 in|
Tips & Resources
How do you put it together?
Th Atom assembles itself. Just spread the wings apart and it will hinge open into flying position with nothing to put together and no parts to lose.
What tricks can you do with it?
The Atom will entertain you for hours with a playful range of tumbling tricks. Experiment with tugging and slacking the line to make the kite flip, tumble, glide and recover back up into the sky.
Can you re-launch the Atom from the ground if you crash?
Sure, with a bit of practice. Just give the kite a few sharp tugs and it will roll over into launch position.
Can I make a train with multiple Atoms?
You can fly 2, 3 or many Atoms on one string by making branch lines off a main line just like a tree with a kite at the end of each branch. Simply tie a 15-20 foot leader to each kite, then tie them on the main line every 15-20 feet as you gradually let it out.
How do you launch the Atom?
Just hold it up with the attachment point pointed into the wind and let out the line. Or have a friend take it downwind a ways to make launching easier in light winds.
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 Atom includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.
What’s the 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. 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.
Can I adjust my single-line bridle for different winds?
Some Prism kites come with an adjustable bridle point that we set at the factory to perform best in moderate winds of about 8-12 mph. In very light or strong winds the kite may loop or dive to one side, indicating that the bridle should be adjusted to hold the kite at a better angle to the wind. Simply loosen the knot on the line attachment pigtail and slide it forward or backward slightly to change the kite’s angle to the wind. Single-line kites generally fly best with the pigtail closer to the nose in light winds, and closer to the tail in strong winds.