Hotter speed and turning than competition kites. Higher-quality exercise and livelier pull than power kites.
WindDances are "airgear," a new concept. They fly better and feel more exciting than typical stunt kites.
Our other advancements: Ergo T-handles that boost feel, control, exercise. Natural active FLY-a-kite skill.
Comparison with other parafoils
WindDances are superior-performance alternatives to other parafoils.
Hold their shape while turning. Most other dual-line parafoils don't: the wing bends or kinks in the middle while turning, or the outside-half of the wing collapses during a sharp turn, especially so when you pull hard on one line.
Respond with superb FLYING performance to basic kite-FLYING skill: good acceleration and speed when you pull on both lines, and tight, fast, powerful turns & spins when you pull on one line. With other parafoils, the response is much less, especially so when you pull on one line.
Fly in much lighter winds.
Fly considerably faster.
Have much better edge to power-zone acceleration.
Are much more responsive to the wind. That is, when the wind kicks in, WindDances accelerate a lot faster.
Turn and spin faster.
Turn with greater power.
Have far greater aerobatic agility.
Feel more crisp and solid through the flying lines.
Are more accurate and precise. With tighter and more-sensitive steering.
Provide higher-quality exercise, as well as more exercise. The energy you burn = the pull you exert x the distance you swing your arm to pull. Hanging on with your arms pulled straight is poor exercise: strong pull x no arm motion = no exercise. A good workout comes from turning. With a WindDance, the pull rises powerfully when you turn. With a other parafoils, the pull drops when you turn hard -- you lose power when you turn -- a poor workout.
Can be precision-tuned for peak FLYING performance using two simple bridle adjusters. One setting is good for all wind strengths. By using this precision-tuning feature, you can compensate for different aerodynamic properties of lines and tails, for rough wind or rough skill, for any effects of tiny manufacturing variations, and for any subtle shape changes in the wing that may take place during long-term wear & tear. Other parafoils do not have this feature.
- Have livelier, more-exciting pull during straight flight and while turning:
When turning and spinning, the pull rises. Not with other parafoils.
When flying from the edge to the power-zone, the pull increases almost twenty-fold. With other parafoils, the increase is far less. For the same wing area, a WindDance has less pull at the edge but far more in the power zone.
When the wind fluctuates, you feel every bump in the wind. Gusts can generate huge pull jolts. With most other parafoils, you barely feel the wind's exciting texture.
In really strong winds, whenever you turn -- or dip toward the power zone -- you get yanked hard downwind. Not with most other parafoils. Their pull is steadier and softer.
- Are forgiving: Suddenly pull hard on one flying line -- or let go of a flying line -- and typically a WindDance keeps on flying. Most dual-line parafoils are unforgiving, and require a light and careful touch.
- Have a higher-tech and more aesthetic look. See WindDance Wingtip & kite bag.
Other dual-line parafoils:
Have no advantages over WindDances that we are aware of, except that some are larger and have stronger pull, or may recover better from midair mishaps and crashes.
WindDance dual-line parafoil stunt kites/sport kites are developed, sold, and backed by Seattle AirGear.
WindDance, WindDancing, Seattle AirGear, and AirGear are trademarks of Seattle AirGear.
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This page last revised Jun-19-2000