Compared to framed kites soft kites tend to fly at a lower angle, some 45 to 55 are common value for these kites. This can be advantageous in some situations like flying over water and/or from a boat. But the big plus of all soft kites is that there are no sticks to be broken and that they pack in a small pouch or bag.
In low air speeds close to the ground it can be difficult to launch a soft kite as some air has to blow into the kite before it flies at all.
At this moment KAPshop offers 3 types of softkites: the Didakites Explorer, the Peter Lynn Pilot and Ralf Beutnagel's KAP Foil by HQ.
The Explorer is a modern design by Ivo van Olmen. The bridle system is simpel and not adjustable. The kite has a considerable pull for its size. This is a good kite if you are new to KAP and want a frameless one.
The Peter Lynn Pilot kite as it is now. Around the turn of the century this kite became popular as a lifter for big show kites, of which Peter Lynn has designed many. Lynn has develloped the kite over the passed years to a kite that flies and lifts in a wide wind range.
Another kite with many hours of devellopment is the HQ KAP Foil. Beutnagel's original plans for this kite for KAP date from 2006 and was improved in many ways till HQ started production in 2012.
Fuzzy tails improve stabllity of these kites in many conditions but on the beach or over open water they will fly well without. All our soft kites are delivered without a line on a winder.
Note on Sutton Flowforms: The Sutton Flowforms including the Becot-versions are no longer available as AirAffaires stopped the production of them.