High performance wing shape, durable frame.
The Hypnotist combines the best of both for learning new tricks and everyday fun.
We combined the wing geometry of the competition-level Quantum Pro with the bulletproof frame design of the Quantum to create a performance hybrid with the balance of a competition kite but the durability to handle all the abuse you can dish out while you learn.
The impressive 8-foot wingspan makes it precise and forgiving, while its higher aspect ratio handles the latest freestyle moves like yo-yos with ease.
Packaged Weight 1.5 lbs
Packed Size 36 x 4 x 4 in
93" (236 cm)
4 - 25 mph (6.5 - 40 kmh)
Pultruded Carbon, Wrapped Carbon
Ripstop Nylon, Mylar Laminate
85' x 150 lbs Dyneema (26 m x 68 kg)
Citrus, Carnival, Fire, Ice
What's the difference between the Quantum and the Hypnotist?
The Hypnotist has a wider, narrower wing for freestyle "yo-yo" tricks that involve rolling and unrolling the kite around its flying lines. It's as rugged as a Quantum for beginners, but you can take your skills further with its broader range of tricks.
The Hypnotist frame includes high-performance, tapered carbon tubes in the lower spreaders, giving the kite a crisper response and quicker acceleration.
What makes tapered carbon spars better?
Built by hand like a high-end fly rod, tapered tubes give kites extra crispness and precision as you maneuver. With tapered tubes we can engineer stiffer and more flexible areas into the airframe to minimize weight and maximize wind range. Tapered tubes cost more and can be easier to break, but for serious pilots nothing else comes close to the feel of a high-end, tapered carbon airframe.
What are yo-yo stoppers?
Yo-yo stoppers are small rubber fittings that clamp around the leading edge between the upper and lower spreader fittings. They make a huge range of yo-yo tricks easy to do. During roll-up maneuvers, they catch the flying lines as they wrap around the kite and keep them from sliding any farther down the wing so you can control the kite even with several wraps around the frame.
What's the difference between 2-line framed kites and 2-line foil kites?
Framed sport kites have a fixed wing shaped by lightweight sailcloth stretched across a rigid fiberglass or carbon fiber frame. They are typically more responsive and a little more challenging to fly, but they're capable of a wide variety of tricks once you learn basic control. Trick flying with framed kites gets addictive- with a good kite you can enjoy years of fun mastering more and more challenging tricks like back flips, somersaults, snap stalls and radical landings.
Foil kites are made from fabric only, with inflatable chambers that create a wing shape from air pressure in the air inlets as they fly. They are similar to paragliders and ram-air parachutes in their construction. Ram air foils are not as responsive and maneuverable as framed kites, but they are more forgiving, require no assembly, and have no rigid parts that could be damaged in a hard crash. While larger foils can pull incredibly hard in stronger winds, they can't do the wide range of aerobatic tricks that a framed kite can. So they're better suited for the fun of getting pulled around in stronger winds, or learning two-line basics with a forgiving wing that will put you in control as quickly as possible.
Are small kites easier to fly?
Small kites are faster, more responsive, and typically require more wind. That makes them more challenging for beginners learning the basics, even though smaller kites typically cost less. Full-sized kites like the Quantum and the Hypnotist are easier to learn with because they take larger motions and respond more slowly. They're also more stable in light winds, with a stronger pull that helps send feedback down the line as you practice finer control. Larger kites are easier to learn tricks with by giving you more time to react and more stability.
How do you control a two-line kite?
How long does it take to learn?
2-line kites fly on two control lines about 100' long. The lightweight, delta-shaped wing is designed to drive forward in the wind while you steer it around the sky by pulling or releasing the control lines. A small pull turns left or right, while a big pull will put the kite into a loop or a spin. Some 2-line kites can fly faster than 50 mph in a strong breeze (the world record for a kite is 108 mph). As you get the hang of steering you'll be able to maneuver through high speed, precision passes, tight spins, trick landings and a wide variety of aerobatic tricks.
Learning to fly a two line kite is like riding a bike; once you get the hang of it you never forget. In moderate, smooth wind, most people get basic control figured out in a half hour or so.