Try the easiest zero-wind kite we have ever flown!
Please note that this is the larger iFlite II.
It is six inches taller and more than twice the area of the standard iFlite.
It has a large circular vent and has a much slower and even more amazing glide!
Want to fly anywhere in zero wind?
Even if you are a beginner?
Then the iFlite is your perfect kite!
At last an amazing kite that you can fly in your livingroom!
You will wonder how you ever survived rainy days without it,
and the duralble travel case means you can take it anywhere.
Beautifully designed and executed, the iFlite is part of an exciting new class of kites knows as "Gliding Kites." Each meticulously crafted iFlite is signed and numbered by designer-builder Patrick Tan.
From Patrick Tan (the Designer-Builder):
Intrigued by the idea of flying indoors, away from the elements of weather, the first iFlite was born in on 14th August 2009. From there it has evolved into its current variant.
Without having to play by the rules of the weather, and the ability to fly within the confines of my living room, iFlite was conceptualized and developed over a period of 1.5 years. The first frame was bamboo which made for very inconsistent weight and flex distribution. Only a few of those made in bamboo could fly as intended, so it was replaced with carbon. The idea of not having to add weight to the nose brought me to splice different carbon sizes into a singular unit, much like a drastically tapered rod.
This concept puts more weight to the front and less to the trailing edges. Thus iFlite in itself is a uniquely framed kite with squared off wing tips instead of typically sharp ones. Its spine is subtly curved up from its lower section towards the tail end. Tension lines are stretched from nose to leading edge rods that prevents premature sail stretching. These are features that are uniquely iFlite and distinctly different from others and is an original creation of mine.
Tipping the scales at just 2.5 grams and only 12 inches tall, the iFlite is one of those kites that becomes a new favorite the first time you fly it. Keep it in your travel gear and your next delay at the airport will put a smile on your face because you know you will be able to fly long before your plane is ready. Just thinging about flying my iFlite makes me wonder how I managed survive all these years as a kite flyer without it! Veteran kite fliers as well as all the new gliding kite pilots out there, should run, don't walk, to get your first iFlite.
Patrick's design is elegant, well conviced and brilliantly executed. Vairable flex spine and leading edge rods are just right. Nose to leading edge micro tension lines prevents sail distortion and greatly improves durability.
We hope you love the new iFlite as much as we do.
Posted by Glenn Mitchell - Coalinga, CA on 24th Jan 2013
Weighing in at about 5 paperclips weight, the kite is well made, durable and resilient. Indoor flight consists of pulling the flight line fly kite.The kite will gracefully glide and descend. Another tug on the line turns and launches the kite higher. On a smooth floor, the kite can be ground launched. It can be hand tossed too.
Wear shoes wint no laces if you can. Avoid stepping on the flight line when you can. Ask the Highline guys about the "cold fingers" larkshead trick. Take the flight line off of any winder and larkshead a foam washer such as you would find on a spool of DVD blanks to the end opposite the kite. Fly the kite with 20 feet of loos line on the floor. Rewind on plastic winder when done for the day.
I also glued a ribbon leash between the cap and the tube to prevent loss of the cap. I rubber banded the upper and lower ends of the storage tube to provide cushioning when I gently toss the tube to the floor.