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February 8 Is National Kite Flying Day – Celebrate With a Kite From Martin Lester

Celebrate National Kite Flying Day With

Go fly a kite — literally. February 8 is National Kite Day. All you have to do to celebrate is go outside and pilot a kite, but not just any kite. Instead, you should fly a kite designed by Martin Lester.

In business since 1982, Martin Lester is a UK-based kite designer who manufactures his products himself rather than outsourcing production to factories. In doing so, he is able to maintain high standards of craftsmanship. Check out these original designs and order one today.

1. Hypar 1 Kite

Martin Lester Hypar 1 Kite Crafted from ripstop nylon with fiberglass spars, the Hypar 1 takes it name from the mathematical phrase “Hyperbolic Paraboloid,” although Lester notes that a more fitting descriptive name would be the “Cheshire Cat.”

2. Martin’s Legs Kite

Martin Lester Martin's Legs Kite Crafted from nylon sailcloth, these 8 feet parafoil legs defy gravity as they sail in the wind.

3. Top Half Parafoil Kite

Martin Lester's Top Half Parafoil Kite Loops at the hand palms let you attach a sign to this frameless kite.

4. Life Size Icarus Inflatable Kite

Martin Lester Life Size Icarus Inflatable Kite Crafted from ripstop nylon on wood and fiberglass spars, this soft, inflatable kite features an 8 feet wingspan.

5. Barnacle Goose Kite

Martin Lester Barnacle Goose Kite Another ripstop nylon kite with carbon and fiberglass spars, the Barnacle Goose is two times the actual size of a goose, measuring 5 feet long with an 8 feet wingspan.

6. Albert Ross: Scuba Diver Parafoil Kite

Martin Lester's Albert Ross: Scuba Diver Parafoil Kite This wind-inflated kite comes with a shark drogue, which also doubles as a bag.

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