A quad kite truly forged by fire
The Djinn quad kite is designed and built to handle the high performance and quality demands of both John Barresi and Team KiteLife… Any kite design available from Kite Forge is exactly what John and his team fly, no secret modifications or tweaks, its ready to rock.
The Djinn was crafted from roughly three decades of quad kite experience and over 30 US Championships, as well as the knowledge gained from 7 full years of performance and touring with Team iQuad, backed up by months of rigorous flight and abuse testing.
Standard Models and Color Combinations
All Djinn quad line kites include a fully configured sail and components including bridle, one frame and a kite sleeve, but for the time being lines (30′-120′ 90# or 100#) and handles (13″ curved) should be purchased from your favorite kite shop.
We are working on Djinn-specific handles to be made available in the future.
The various Djinn models break down like this, each with varying degrees of venting for various wind conditions:
- ST (standard) – no venting in the wings, for approximately 3-12 mph (Mystic 12 frame)
- MV (mid vent) – single vent in each wing, for approximately 5-18 mph (Mystic 14 frame)
- VT (full vent) – double vent in each wing, for approximately 8-25 mph (Mystic 16 frame)
Currently being developed, to be made available as soon as possible:
- XT (xtra vent) – 25+ mph
- HV (hardcore vent) – 35+ mph
While you can customize your own arrangement using our colorizer, these are the four color combos we have available… Cool Fade with light blue, medium blue and dark blue, Hot Fade with yellow, orange and pink, Green Fade with light grey, lime green and true green, and the Purple Fade with light grey, pink and purple.
- Sync Bridle
The Djinn’s quad kite bridle is designed by John Barresi around a 100% original concept that functions more like a “dynamic” bridle, providing more connection and load sharing between all 4 points of tension, greatly lessens or eliminates center panel deflation (more balanced sail loading) using our “limiter” adjustment, and provides an enhanced glide ratio in belly-down positions, the Sync Bridle also maintains overall control into slightly higher wind ranges than you might expect. Additionally, the greatest wear points on the bridle are done with simpler, easier to replace components.
- Bungee Knot Covers
We wanted to make this quad kite as smooth and recoverable as possible, so you won’t find any exposed bungee knots anywhere on the kite, we’ve instead placed them inside the leading edge wingtips (without interfering with frame changes) and added covers to those knots and washers on the bottom wingtips, so these will no longer create snags in flight or during ground recovery.
- Smooth Leading Edge
Using a T-Piece configuration and thoughtful placement of bridle components, the Djinn quad kite has no exposed end caps or knots along the leading edge, once again eliminating the usual snag points where lines get caught or hung up during flight or ground recovery, this also completely solves the issue seen on older designs where the leading edge end caps were wearing through both the material and spars.
- Leading Edge Mesh Tabs
As our answer to the common issue of leading edge mesh breakdown, we have added specific reinforcements at the fold points and in the center (most common problem areas), as well as smaller tabs throughout the length of the leading edge mesh to further enhance the kite’s durability.
- Pro Class End Caps
The Djinn is using specifically designed end caps on all four wingtips that place the bridle attachments away from the very tip to significantly lessen overall wear and damage from ground contact (such as urban flying), the bridle has its own hole perpendicular to the bungee holes to eliminate directional conflict, and the caps are crafted from aluminum to not only keep them extremely light but also to make them incredibly durable against both abrasion and impact.
- Performance Framing
Each kite comes with a Mystic frame set, chosen for their overall strength, recoil and weight, these spars are specifically made for and proven during the Djinn’s development – we currently offer 12, 14 and 16 gram spars comparable to the spars used in most high performance standard, mid vent and vented configurations with more spar variations in the works down the road (for extreme low and high winds).
- Supported Sail Design
In addition to the overall quality of the Djinn build, it also features a latticed panel / seam arrangement to provide maximum “net-like” support in the sail which lessens stretch and particularly deformation or loss of the kite’s original outline or profile over time and also working toward the same end goal, all trailing edges are double stitched, all sail material is Icarex PC-31 (preferred by pro pilots worldwide).
- Stretch Strips
Often referred to as “wear strips”, while they do certainly reduce friction and wear between the upright spars and the sail, the primary purpose of these components is actually to moderate and control the massive sail stretch and degradation that naturally occurs on many quad kites along the vertical spar due to repeated sail compression.
- Folded Wingtips
Both ends of the leading edge material has been folded and sewn to reduce fraying and increase overall durability.
- Indented Outer Trailing Edges
As you’ve seen by now, the outermost trailing edges of the Djinn quad kite are not cut in a straight line and have an inset angle applied to smooth out reverse flight which also helps with moderating the dreaded “bowtie” or single wing flip.
- Targeted Venting
All vented models (MV, VT, XT and HV) feature venting that has been strategically placed to preserve the trailing edge “grip” and leading edge loading while still moderating overall pressure and speed with an average of 20% less venting than many traditional quad kite designs.
- Custom Colors
You can also customize your own sail colors using our colorizer at KitePaint for a nominal fee, but please note all designs are subject to review and approval by Kite Forge staff for overall complexity and brand aesthetics – most designs will pass with no problem, our primary purpose for reviewing is to avoid overly complex “checkerboard” patterns or color combinations that are overly difficult to arrange, with a slight afterthought to ensuring that all kites produced also represent the brand to our taste.
For ongoing support, Djinn owners and potential buyers will also be able to communicate with us and an active community of quad kite fliers via our section on the KiteLife Forum – whether you want info about tuning, handle choices, suggested lines or whatever, stop on by and post your question.