The Flip Kite spins like a kaleidoscope in motion.
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Take it for a spin. Flip the sail to start the rotor, then let the wind take it from there. The wing spins and the colors blur. A kaleidoscope in motion whirling in the wind.
Steve Wingert designed this extraordinary flying machine on the dunes where the Wright Brothers first flew. We thought it was so cool that you should have one too. The Flip Kite gets lift from the Magnus Effect, the same principle that makes baseballs curve and golf balls loft. The vertical ring acts as a gyropscope to hold it steady in funky winds.
The Flip Kite comes with 200′ of flying line. It folds flat with no assembly required. Just flip open the ring, tie on the line, and get ready to be amazed.
|Packaged Weight||0.375 lbs|
|Packed Size||22.5 × 17 × 1 in|
Tips & Resources
What gives the kite the lift to stay up?
The Flip flies by spinning with the wind, getting its lift from the Magnus Effect, the same aerodynamic principle that gives golf balls loft and baseball pitches their curve. As the kite flies, you’ll feel a pulsing at the end of your line while it spins as fast as 200 rpm on a windy day.
How fast does it spin?
The Flip can spin faster than 200 rpm in a strong breeze.
How do you launch it?
Have a friend hold it by the two axle fittings and face the wind. Once it starts spinning, let go of the kite and pull in some line as it climbs into the sky.
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. 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.