Neutral but distinctive. Capable but accessible. Classical, but a little bit rock and roll. These were the thoughts that ran through my head as the Tsuru was first conceptualized. I wanted a kite that would be at home in a wide range of roles, from solo days on the beach, to flying with a new group of friends as part of a pick-up team at a festival.

I was happy with the progression of the Tsuru over its first several months of development, but it was a last-minute change a couple of days before hitting the road for a trip that put it over the top. I added a little three-dimensional shaping to the sail, which brought out what folks used to call the 'Blue Moon feel'. I'd lost track of that characteristic a bit over the years, but it's back, in a big way.

Tsuru specs

A snapshot of the Tsuru’s performance characteristics.

  • Pull: firm to medium-hard
  • Forward speed: medium to medium-fast
  • Speed control: excellent
  • Spin: inside wingtip
  • Precision: excellent
  • Tracking: excellent
  • Noise: medium-light buzz at higher speeds
  • more?
  • span: 100.5″/255cm
  • height: 43.5″/111cm
  • wind range: 4-18 MPH
  • sail material: Icarex polyester
  • frame: SkyShark mix
    • P3X spine
    • 5PT lower spreaders
    • Nitro leading edge
  • rec. line: 90-150 lbs @ 75-125 ft
  • price: from $339
  • in development
  • wind range (est.) – 2-8 mph
  • frame – SkyShark (TBD)
  • rec. line – 50-80lb Spectra, 65-100 ft.
  • price: from $339
  • planned, but not yet in development




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