The 61/49 is a light wind, controllable single line kite. It can make those days with light and variable, frustrating winds fun!  One of our friends calls the 61/49 “the most fun you can have with only one line!” I tend to agree. It’s a natural bridge between the worlds of the static single liner and the often frantic stunt kite.

Most of our pictures don’t do the 61/49 justice, but once you see one, (or better yet, fly it) it’s only a short leap to needing one of your own. Its graceful lines and sculptural form make it a natural for display in your home or office, but trust me, this one belongs in the air. The turns and lines you carve with the 61/49 in the sky are even more gratifying!

I'd built a lot of kites before this one came along, but If I were to pick one kite that was a turning point in rethinking design and construction as a whole, it would be the 61/49.  I started the project with a vague idea of where I wanted to end up, but the 61/49 taught me so much along the way. It's informed design decisions in every kite since, and was a major influence in the updates of the Ichiban and Reprise, and opened my eyes to the path towards my Vixen.

Ten years in, it's still the kite I always keep at hand at festivals. When the wind lulls, the 61/49 becomes my dance partner, and it's still teaching me new steps.

61/49 specs

  • wingspan: 63.5″
  • height: 64.0″
  • wind range: 0-8 mph
  • sail mat’l: PC31 polyester
  • frame: SkyShark 3PT & P200
  • line: 150lb Dacron
  • custom price: $249
  • contact me to order your custom 61/49!
  • in-stock 61/49's are occasionally available in the BMK shop.

note – some of the images may show premium or owner-supplied options.

video courtesy of Steve Hall