Zero-G, the New Gliding Kite from Prism Designs:
All pre-orders for the Zero-G have have shipped to new homes and we do have a very limited supply in stock.
Beautifully designed to appeal to even the most demanding kite fliers and collectors, the Zero-G is part of the exciting new class of kites knows as "Gliding Kites." Enjoy a new kind of low wind flying that will engage and surprize you. Easy to fly even in low to no wind, you can't go wrong with this beautiful kite.
Imagine a kite that glides magically on the lightest air currents, defying gravity with the lift of a high-performance sailplane and weighing less than 2 ounces. Toss it as a glider with no string attached, or soar through the sky with precise control just by pulling and releasing the line. The Zero G is a true canard-style aircraft, with the smaller wings facing forward in tethered and gliding flight. Unlike traditional kites, it will glide like a airplane when you release the line, making it incredibly easy for beginners and experts alike because it can't stall and fall out of the sky. Pull it up over your head and then slack the line to watch it glide as far as space allows, tantalizing you to skip out of work early on those light wind days.
Conceived in collaboration with celebrated Malaysian designer Ceewan, the Zero G concept was inspired by Reinhold Platz, chief designer for the Fokker Aircraft Company after WW1. Decades before the modern hang glider, he built and flew a full-scale canard-winged craft that folded up to carry on a bicycle. With small wings in front, the canard configuration allows a virtually stall-proof glider that will float eerily in a level attitude even when it's barely flying forward. A clever dynamic bridle adjusts the angle of the forward wings in flight according to the tension on the line, allowing the kite to behave as a kite under tension and a glider whenever the line is released.
With its tensioned fabric wing and minimalist structure, the Z-G is high-tech flying art that looks as good as it flies. Hang it on the wall when you're not flying and watch form and function dance together in this remarkable flying machine.
With his Plutz kite series Leong Ceewan introduced the world to an entirely new class of gliding kites. With the Zero G Mark Reed at Prism Designs has taken what was already a refined design and pushed it to an entirely new level. Premium fit and finish, clean custom fittings and stunning graphics combine to form what is sure to be one our favorite new kites to come along in years.
See more info about the Plutz kite on which the Zero G is based including the amazing story and history behind the designs go to: Plutz 3 Gliding Kite.
Posted by Ben N. on 27th Apr 2012
Saw the first one in Berkeley last weekend. The detailing looks excellent! fantastic. The flight manual Tom showed me look very well done. Though there was too much wind for it in Berkeley on Sunday, Tom said it flies as good as the Ceewan's Plutz Series I he is correct I am going to have to get one of each color. Can't wait to have it hanging in my living room when I am not flying it.
Note: I have a red on on Pre-Order with Tom so I am sure to get one from the first shipment next week. Tom said his first shipment will probably be sold out before it arrives.