Prism Kites Review and Giveaway

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Today, on day 1 of our 12 part series of the 12 Days of Outdoor Christmas we will are excited to announce Prism Kites.  As I kid, I loved flying kites and seeing how far I could get them to go up in the sky.  Now Prism has taken that feeling and notched it up 20 times by giving us kites that are a lot more interactive, can go crazy fast, pull you hard, do sweet tricks and give us the opportunity to turn a windy day into an exciting, adventurous day. Definitely something we appreciate at Bring The Kids.

Besides making sweet kites, Mark – the President at Prism Kites, exhibits the Bring The Kids philosophy with his own family.  Last summer, he and his wife took their 1 year-old on a month long trip flying their small plane to remote sections of Alaska! He said that it took a lot more work and preparation then prior trips before they had their daughter, but was well worth the effort. So needless to say, we’re excited to showcase and review a fun product from a family that shares our love for adventure and enjoying the great outdoors.

So let’s get on with our review and the sweet give away of a Prism Quantum kite.

We’ve had our Prism kite for about five years and have really enjoyed it. This is a great beginner/intermediate trick kite. We got a few of the kites from a trip to San Diego and get to pull them out on windy days and take them along on a lot of our adventures. We end up throwing it into the back of the car with the rest of the camping gear when we head out on a trip and if the winds are good, we enjoy pulling it out and playing around.

The kite is straight forward to use with two strings with handles and a tough kevlar-reinforced nose.  I’m sure this feature alone has saved our kite from crumpling into a heap as we were trying to master the art of flight as we first began.  In the picture below, we are showing the kite before set up, the carrying case and the strings

Here is a close up of the strings and the handles you hold on while flying.

The assembly of the kite is quick and easy.  The frame is made of graphite poles, and each has a solid sleeve or joint to attach to.  Once assembled, the kite is solid and designed to catch the wind well.  Taking the kite apart isn’t hard, but is more effort than putting it together.  Some of the joints can get a little sticky when you’re trying to pull them apart, which gives me confidence that they are going to hold up, but a little frustration if it is hard to pull apart to get it put away.

When first learning, also make sure that you aren’t around people.  Soon after we got the kite, we were figuring it out when some girls approached with curiosity. As can easily happen as you are learning the ropes with the spins and tricks, the kite went out of control and did fast nose dive straight into the ground closer than I’d like to the girls.  Needless to say, with the speeds that the kites can go, I recommend heeding their warning to not fly it around people.

One feature that I haven’t had to use much is the ability to adjust how the strings attach to the kite to adjust for the wind speed.  You can simply loosen the loops attached to the kite and slide them to the outside or inside depending on the wind strength (the black tabs in the window below say Light Wind or Strong Wind to let you know which way to adjust).  Most of the wind we’ve used it in isn’t really strong, so we haven’t had to play around with this much.

Quick adustments depending on the wind speed and your desired level of control

Check out our video from playing around with our Quantum: Attack Kite

Pros:

  • Small and compact – It is extremely easy to take on our adventures
  • Sturdy – We’ve crash landed too many times to count, including some heinous nose dives
  • Fun for the kids – As seen in the video above, our kids enjoy it every time we pull it out
  • Quick set up time – easy to put together

Cons:

  • Some of the connections stick when dismantling the kite.  I’ve had to pull pretty hard to get the graphite poles to separate from the rubber connectors.  You know they are sturdy, but can occasionally be tricky to get apart.
  • Jessica has had a harder time getting the nuances of directing the kite and learning some of the tricks.   Some days she thinks that she might accidently dive bomb the kite with it’s Kevlar tip into her leg (she’s kind of crazy like that).

If you do end up getting a Prism kite, make sure to check out the Pilot’s Lounge on the Prism website for tips on getting started and directions on how to do the tricks.

Now onto the giveaway:
1.  Leave a comment telling us your dream family vacation.  If your email is not linked in your profile, please leave it in your comment so we can contact you.

Bonus: For an extra entry, ‘like’ Bring The Kids on Facebook and come back and tell us that you did.

This give away will be open until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 7th. Hope you enjoy!

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