The Mantis stands out from the crowd with a unique shape and stunning graphics.
- Technical Specs
- Tips & Resources
Celebrate your spot in the landscape with a brilliant flying sculpture visible from far away. The Mantis stands out from the crowd with a unique shape and stunning graphics. With a broad wing and long tail this kite melds the aerodynamics of diamond and delta kites. In a steady breeze it soars.
It’s simple to assemble (just connect three rods) and folds into a light, compact sleeve for travel. Includes an easy-to-use hoop winder with braided polyester flying line for long life and minimal tangles.
|Packaged Weight||0.6875 lbs|
|Packed Size||32.5 x 5.5 x 1 in|
Tips & Resources
Why is the Mantis’ tail detachable?
The tail snaps on and off to make it easy to pack and unpack. And if you happen to encounter a kite-eating tree, the tail can break free to release the kite.
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 Mantis 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. 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 built 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.