Tsuru

The Tsuru was created to fill a wide range of roles, from solo days on the beach, to flying with new friends as part of a pick-up team at a festival.

I don't consider the Tsuru to be a trick kite, but a 'performance kite'. It was conceived and crafted with the mid-level to advanced flyer in mind, along with pairs and teams. A major goal was to gear the kite towards the kind of flying we do for a crowd at festivals, because I believe strongly that flying for and with other people is the way to stay enthused, as well as to grow kiting.

I was happy with the progression of the Tsuru over its first several months of development, but it was a last-minute change, on the eve of a road 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.

Check out the videos below for a little taste of the Tsuru in the hands of an exceptional flyer. The fact that he can pull more from it than I ever envisioned is a delight for this old stitcher. I learn something from the Tsuru every time I fly it, at a pace and touch that just feels right.

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

note: about wind ranges…

The lower end of the wind range represents the point at which an experienced flyer should be able to fly with minimal movement. The upper end is the point at which the kite becomes ‘overpowered’ due to frame deflection. The kite should be able to handle occasional gusts beyond the listed upper end, but caution is advised.

  • span: 100.5″/255cm
  • height: 43.5″/111cm
  • wind range: 4-18 MPH
  • sail material: Icarex polyester
  • frame: SkyShark mix
    • P300 spine
    • 5PT lower spreaders
    • Nitro leading edge
  • rec. line: 90-150 lbs @ 75-125 ft
  • price: from $359

note: The Tsuru LT is the version I recommend for the majority of flyers wanting a light wind kite. Enough mass for light-wind, inertia-based tricks. Enough frame stiffness to allow for a significant wind range overlap with the Tsuru Std.


  • wind range (est.): 2.5-9 mph
  • frame: SkyShark mix
    • P200 spine
    • 3PT lower spreaders
    • 3PT lower leading edge
    • P100 upper leading edge
  • rec. line: 50-80lb Spectra, 65-100 ft.
  • price: $359

note: In development, not yet available.

The SL is a specialized tool for performance and team, as well as competitive flyers, that find themselves in ‘fly-or-die’ situations.


  • wind range (est.) – 1.5-6 mph
  • frame – SkyShark mix
    • P100 spine
    • 2PT lower spreaders
    • 2PT lower leading edge
    • P90 upper leading edge
  • lightweight bridle
  • rec. line – 50-80lb Spectra, 65-100 ft.
  • price: $359

notes: Planned, but not yet in development.

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byKen McNeill onTsuru
Tsuru review!

This is a test review of the Tsuru!

Alas, this is but this is a test response to this well thought out and beautifully written review. 😉

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