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Author Topic: what does a kite mean when its " vented" ?  (Read 189 times)
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« on: June 03, 2014, 09:12 PM »

hi again all,
geez you must be getting sick of the sight of me and my questions,lol!!!
hey what does a kite mean when its " vented" ?
what does its suppose to do and help with ?
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014, 09:15 PM »

Good question! Vented kites have mesh panels in their sails (kind of like nylon screen that might be in your windows), or a series of Swiss cheese-like holes. The vents intentionally let some of the wind through.

Why would you do this?

One reason is to allow a kite to fly in heavier wind without breaking.

Another is to allow sport kites to fly slower in strong winds (making them easier to control) than their standard-sail brethren. Vented kites also tend to be less responsive to gusts, making them a little easier for beginners to control in gusty winds (especially valuable with Revolution kites).

Here's a picture of a vented Revolution kite that was recently offered for sale on this forum. Note the two see-through strips on each side. If you look closely, you'll see that they're covered with black mesh.



Here's a picture of a Revolution without vents:



Here's a picture of the Flying Wings Silver Fox vented. Note the use of a matrix of holes near the wingtips:

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2014, 10:03 PM »

We'll put. I'll add that some vented kites have holes of various sizes without the screen.

Worth noting there are kites with vents made for indoor flying too. Vents add drag which slows the kite can make it handle differently for various reasons. Vents on a very light and efficient indoor kite make it more manuverable or tricky.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 01:14 AM »

Standard kite




Vented kite

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