A friend of mine had the brilliant idea to launch a Kite Flying Party to celebrate nothing in particular, except recycled materials and wind. I must admit that getting together with a group of friends to stare into the clouds was the most fun I’ve ever had with a recycled garbage bag and a spool of fishing wire.
This Stowaway Diamond on Amazon is an example of a quality retail kite. This one packs down very small for transport. By the way, I'm not covering 2-line diamond stunt kites here! This page is strictly about the single-line variety. Here's a few comments on each of the above points. Size.
The Dopero kite has a well-earned reputation for being an excellent light wind flier. It flies at high line angles like a Delta, and yet has very good stability and lifting capacity as well. Modern Doperos are often constructed from Rip-stop nylon sail material and carbon fiber spars for minimum weight.
A little should be said about the old Roloplan kite, since it was the fore-runner of the Pearson Roller, and a quick glance at the plans will confirm how similar the 2 kite designs are. The Roloplan was marketed by Steiff, a German toy manufacturer in the 1930's.
Or you can buy soft ones that can be stuffed into a very small space for carrying. Further down, there's a photo of a couple of bigger ones of the soft variety. The original type of Sled has 2 straight spars running the length of the kite, and a tail hanging from the bottom end of each spar.
The Sode kite is a good light wind flier, but often needs a tail to cope with stronger winds. Interestingly, many Japanese believe that a kite that needs a tail is poorly designed or built. It's true that most traditional Japanese kites fly without tails.