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Premier Kites - Power Sled 14 Kite Review
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Manufacture: Premier Kites
Name: Power Sled 14
Price: $27.89 (FWW club member price)
Description: The Power Sled 14 is a traditional sled shaped kite.
Skill Level: Well suited for older children and adults

Test Results

We flew/tested the Wavy Gradient Power Sled 14 in somewhat gusty 15 MPH wind. In this wind range the kite went up easily and flew steady.  The kite also flew very steady in light and moderate winds of 6 to 14 MPH. The tag description states the wind range to be 5 to 20 MPH.  We estimate the recommended/realistic and safe wind range to be about 6 to 16 MPH.  FYI: Around 18 MPH sand starts to move/blow across the beach where we test our kites.

Kite Contents: Power Sled 14 kite, several hundred feet of 90 pound test line on a 6.5 inch plastic yoyo winder, droque, tag description.

The dimensions of the kite are 63 inches wide x 40 inches high with a 20 inch droque. The matching colored droque also combines as the storage/carry bag. The droque also has two carry handles.

The kite requires no modifications to the bridle.  It is a fixed bridle.  Assembly is quick and easy.  Tie the enclosed line to the bridle. Note: If you want to use the line (with winder) for other kites, tie a metal snap swivel (not included) to the flying line and attach the snap swivel to the bridle.

The sail is made of ripstop nylon.  The sail and 2 keels are hemmed for durability. There is a 1 inch dacron edge binding around the 2 cells for additional
reinforcement which also improves stability in flight. 

The moderate sail area of this kite lends itself best for visual appeal at a height of at least 100 feet or more.

This kite provides moderate lift/pull and thus is suitable for attaching small
windsocks and other similar laundry to the flying line.

Note: Remove the plastic description tag from the droque before flying to prevent the tag from acting like a rudder which can cause its line to twist and thus impact flight stability .

It is a safe kite to fly since there are just two flexible fiberglass rods which form the frame. It makes a nice a travel kite which can be placed in your suitcase without fear of breaking the kite.
Summary: At a club member price of $27.89, the Power Sled 14 is an excellant value for older children and adults.  If you desire more lift/pull than the Power Sled 14,, try the Power Sled 24. Sleds are one of the most stable kite designs and we highly recommend this kite. Warning particular attention should be followed concerning long term storage in the drogue bag. The fiberglass rods tends  to take the shape of the storage bag. Please (long term) store the kite out of the bag. 

There are many different Power Sled 14 designs: rainbow, red storm, wavy gradient (new for 2006), warm

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