Predator 4m (Sky Kites)
The Predator at first appears to be a rectangular kite. but upon careful examination the
kite is gently elliptical. The standard of finish was again excellent. The lightweight
Dyneema bridles were securely attached and the kite looked very smooth in shape. The air
intake was virtually on the underside of the kite, which proved to keep almost all sand
out of the kite even when dragging the kite nose down. The handles provided are similar to
the Skytiger's, being plastic tube with a chunky foam grip near the top. It had adjuster
knots but no anchor point for parking.
The Predator took off very easily, even in light wind. and was relatively fast. generating
good pull immediately. The kite was very stable on the edge. giving good pull. It was
almost too efficient meaning that the brakes needed to be used to prevent the kite
overlying its window. The fastest turns were achieved using both brakes. The high pressure
sail made it a little more difficult to kill and park quickly, but once down it was stable
In the buggy the Predator proved to be one of the fastest kites in the test. The skilled
buggiers soon found that using the brakes gave them better speed. The kites high
internal pressure may require a little more skill than some others, but it was felt that
the kite might have a racing advantage in the hands of a skilled pilot.
The Predator 4 metre is a ready to race foil built to a very high standard. It was felt
that although the kite needed a little more skill to get the absolute top performance out
of it, it was still easy enough for the novice to handle.
The kite is one of the most expensive tested.
design & build
Fast racing kite