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 sparred-parafoils
WindDances are superior-performance alternatives to sparred-parafoils.
Hold their shape as the wind changes, while flying from the edge to the power zone, and while turning. With sparred-parafoils, the wing bends into different shapes -- from straight in light winds and at the edge, to severely bent in strong winds and in the power zone -- and during turns the shape and symmetry of the bend changes.
Are considerably easier to launch and relaunch.
Are more durable:
No spar to break.
Cells don't burst during hard crashes.
Are more compact: no spars.
Are safer: no spars.
Respond with superb FLYING performance to basic kite-FLYING skill: good acceleration and speed when you pull on both lines, and tight, fast, powerful turning when you pull on one line. With sparred-parafoils, the response is much less, especially the power response when you pull on one line.
Fly in lighter winds.
Have more power-zone pull for the same kite size and wind.
Have better edge to power-zone acceleration.
Are more responsive to the wind. When the wind kicks in, WindDances accelerate more.
Turn and spin faster.
Have greater aerobatic agility.
Turn with greater power. With sparred-parafoils, pull drops when you turn. With WindDances, pull rises when you turn -- it feels solid and like "There's something there!" when you turn.
Feel more crisp and solid.
Are more accurate and precise.
Have steering that's far tighter and more sensitive.
Require far less control movement for the same wingspan -- you don't have to move your hands nearly as far to make them turn.
Provide a much better workout, especially compared to a stack of sparred-parafoils. Here's why: 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. The workout comes from turning. With a WindDance, the pull rises powerfully when you turn. With a sparred-parafoil the pull falls way off when turning -- it drops so low that even with the greater control movement the exercise doesn't come close to that of a WindDance of similar size.
Can be precision-tuned for peak FLYING performance using two simple bridle adjusters. Sparred-parafoils can't.
Have livelier pull during straight flight and while turning:
When turning, pull rises. With sparred-parafoils, the pull drops when you turn. A dull, unnatural feel.
When flying from the edge to the power-zone, the pull increases about twenty-fold. With sparred-parafoils, the pull increase is much 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 sparred-parafoils, the pull stays relatively even.
In really strong winds, whenever you turn -- or dip toward the power zone -- you get yanked hard downwind. With sparred-parafoils, the pull subsides when you turn, and fly-into-the-power-zone yanks are much less intense.
Are more exciting:
Pull is vastly more dynamic -- in all the above ways.
Speeds are higher.
Turns are tighter, faster, and considerably more powerful.
Can be flown side-by-side together with friends. With sparred-parafoils, the spar ends readily snag on the other flier's bridle lines and flying lines and create messy kite-&-line tangles.
Have a higher-tech and more-attractive appearance. See WindDance Wingtip & kite bag.
May be faster in winds above 30 mph.
Can be stacked for fliers wanting really strong and steady pull with a tug-of-war feel.
Generate less pull for the same span and wind, smooth out gust-induced pull jolts, and smooth out fly-into-the-power-zone pull jolts -- so you can fly in insanely strong & gusting winds.
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