- Technical Specs
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It floats in the slightest breeze. It’s a glider on the end of a string. Cast the Zero-G out into the sky. Play out the line, working the glider in a widening arc over your head. Reach up to catch a thermal. Soar. The Zero-G is pure piloting pleasure anyone can enjoy in low wind, no wind, or even indoors.
Celebrated Malaysian designer Ceewan created the prototype, reimagining the canard gliders of the 1920s using modern materials. The Zero-G sports ultra-lightweight fabrics and a superlight carbon frame that weighs just 2 ounces. A true canard-style flying machine, it flies with the small wings facing forward which makes it impossible to stall.
The Zero-G comes in a zippered sleeve with flying line, polycarbonate winder and detailed instructions. Toss it as a glider with no string attached, or soar through the sky with precise control just by pulling and releasing the line. Unlike traditional kites, it will glide like a airplane when you release the line, allowing graceful aerobatics in winds from no wind at all to 10 mph.
|Packaged Weight||0.625 lbs|
|Packed Size||27.5 × 4.5 × 1 in|
Tips & Resources
How can you fly a kite in no wind at all?
The Zero G is so light that you can fly it simply by walking backwards through calm air, or pulling in line smoothly to make it climb overhead and slowly glide back down.
What makes the Zero-G glide like an airplane and fly like a kite?
The Zero G has an innovative dynamic bridle system that changes the angle of the forward wings when you pull on the flying line. This makes it fly upwards like a kite until you release the line. Then the wing springs back into glider mode so it can glide away from you like a hawk.
How hard is it to learn?
Flying the Zero-G is a lot like fly casting, and fly fishermen find it familiar and completely addictive. You can learn the basics in an hour or two, but you can spend years mastering the subtle control to maneuver through more and more challenging tricks in no wind at all.
Can you fly it outside?
You sure can, and it’s easiest to learn the basics outside on a day with gentle, almost-calm winds. The Zero G will handle winds up to about 10 mph, but it’s most fun in the lightest winds from 0-6 mph.
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 literally 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.