Which Pansh Power Kite? Pansh have a whole range of power kites to match the skills and requirements of every kite flier, from the beginner to the advanced racer. Following is an explanation of each of the kites in the range and what the star rating means.
Kite Traction Speed Lift Skill
Ace ***** *** ***** Intermediate / Advanced
Flux **** *** ** Novice / Intermediate
Legend *** * ** Novice / Intermediate
Blaze *** ** **** Novice / Intermediate
Blaze II *** ** **** Novice / Intermediate
AirLink **** **** *** Intermediate / Advanced
Sprint ***** ***** *** Intermediate / Advanced
Traction:This refers to how well the kite pulls when used for traction sports. Traction sports include kite buggying, kite land boarding and scudding (Sliding over the ground on your feet.). All Pansh power kites are powerfully enough to be used as the engine in which ever traction sport you choose to participate. The Ace and the Sprint are the real power houses of the Pansh range. When flown with skill in an appropriate wind they will surprise you with the amount of grunt they can produce.
Speed:How fast the kites flies. The speed at which a kite flies is dependent on it's size. A big kite will always fly slower than a small kite in their appropriate wind range. However, for this star rating Pansh compares the various designs of power kite assuming the same size kite. So the stars show a relative performance for each kite for a similar sized kite. The Legend being slower than the others is perfect for a beginner. It gives them time to react to the flight of the kite and correct any mistakes. The fastest Sprint is a race kite and capable of powering a kite buggy at over 50 mph on the beach.
Lift:When people first come to power kite sports one of the first questions is, will the kite lift me? The answer to that question is "yes". However, it's not quite so simple. All kites given a strong enough wind will lift a person off the ground. The difficulty in accurately answering the question comes when you take into account the weight of the flier and the prevailing wind conditions. Kite jumping is probably the most dangerous aspect of the power kite sport. It is not recommended that any kite below 5m is used for kite jumping because although a small kite will lift you it will do it explosively and unfortunately drop you just as fast. Most accidents come from small kites in strong winds. A small, light flier might get away with a 4m kite.
The Ace is THE kite in the Pansh power kite range for lift. Even with the kite directly overhead you will probably be standing with your arms pointing straight up, given appropriate wind conditions. Lift is not recommended for beginners so the Legend has reduced lift. That is "reduced" lift, it does have some lift! The Blaze has more lift then the Legend but less than the Ace. Lift in a race kite is not ideal as there is a danger of being lifted out of the buggy, so the AirLink and the Sprint have most of the lift tuned out of them.
Skill:If you are a novice, Pansh considers you to have limited or indeed, no power kite experience at all. An intermediate flier has learnt the basics of flying a 4 line power kite. To be an advanced flier Pansh considers that you know a great deal about getting the best out of a power kite and can fly the kite by touch, not actually looking at the kite. This is an important skill for buggy racing and land boarding where you have to be aware of everyone around you at your flying site.
So Which Kite is for Me?The first thing to do is to be honest about your skill level. You might be able to fly the intermediate or advanced kites as a beginner, but the learning curve will be very steep and very frustrating for you. If you are an advanced flier but are not in a kite buggy or on a land board then the Sprint will not be rewarding for you because is is designed for traction sports. You will only bet the best out of a Sprint when you are on the move! The AirLink is also a racing kite, but not quite as advanced as the Sprint and might be a good choice for someone wanting to go fast without the higher skill level needed to fly a full on race kite like the Sprint.
As a beginner I used to recommend the Legend because it is a stable, predictable kite that will teach you the skills you require safely and quickly. Then the Flux came along. This is a far superior kite in every way to the Legend. Ultra stable, easy to fly and very predictable with the power. This makes the Flux exciting in the air without the dangers of a more advanced kite. When you have the skills the Flux is not redundant, you will find you are using it when the winds are unpredictable or especially strong. Some of the sponsored Pansh fliers have Flux's in their bags as their storm kites for when it gets very scary indeed!
The Blaze is perfect for an adventurous beginner. The extra lift will give an extra edge of excitement. The Blaze II is a depower kite and needs setting up on a depower bar (not supplied). A novice will probably need assistance from and intermediate/advanced flier to help set it up for them. A depower kite allows the flier to control how much power the kite is producing by pulling on or releasing the bar.
That leaves the Ace. This is the lifting kite from Pansh and has been compared to another manufacturers lifting kite. Some prefer the characteristics of the Ace, saying they get a greater adrenaline buzz from the Ace. That the Ace reminds them more of why they got into power kites in the first place. Make no mistake though, the Ace will bite back hard if not treated with respect.
Power kiting is an extreme sport. Consider the wind speed, direction and your flying site before launching. Fly safe, fly careful and enjoy the sport.
Where do I get a Pansh Power Kite?
At the Official Pansh eBay UK Shop