Trick kiting is more than just flying left and right across the sky. To have a good trick kite, we need a kite that can shake off its wind pressure quickly; to allow us to execute the desired trick. On the other hand, we need a trick kite that can build up the pressure quite fast after a trick. To make this possible, we must be able to adapt the kite to the wind circumstances - partly by adapting the bridle and tail weight, partly by taking another kite model.
- Standard model (STD): in normal circumstances (say wind from 1 to 4 Beaufort (Bft)). This has the right balance between what we need and the possibility to execute all tricks. In these kites we have 15 grams of weight added to the tail of the kite.
- Vented or hight wind model (HW): Ii a stronger wind (say 4 and 5 Bft). We need a kite that doesn't pick up speed too fast and that can lose the pressure with relative ease. The main differences are the spars used (thicker and thus heavier), the openings in the sail on strategic places and more weight in the tail (up to 50 grams, mostly 20 grams)
- Ultra light model (UL): in less strong winds (0,5 to 1,5 Bft). Here we find lighter and thinner spars, the weight used is at most 12 grams.
- Super ultra light model (SUL): On zero wind days, we use a version. This has the thinnest spars in it, a small 5 grams for weight, smaller connectors and a very light fortification of the nose. With some SUL trick kites you are able to fly indoors, but not all brands of kites have that ability to the same extent.
- Indoor model: when flying inside (like in a sports hall). Practicaly no fortifications, very light spars and connectors. Usually only 3 grams in those kites.
Roughly, these are the differences between the various overlapping trick kite models.The reason for the weights is that trick kites need to have some mass to do all the rotations needed in today's tricks.