I live in the Bay Area, which is known for some gusty winds. And if you have kids, the most fun you can have on near the San Francisco coast is to fly a kite. When it was time to buy one, we didn't go with just any kite. We chose a 3D kite.
The 3D Robot Kite is not just plastic on string. It took about three minutes to assemble this 52 inch monstrosity. It isn't recommended for flight in winds below 18 miles per hour. But again, we live in the Bay Area, which means we get those winds at least once every two weeks.
Our 3D Robot Kite was a blast to fly. Since our winds were gusting at 25, it was a matter of seconds before our Robot took off. The only issue we had was with controls. It was a double-edged sword with the controls. On one hand, the 3D Kite controls resemble that of a fishing rod's control, with the spindle action. This was great for reeling in or letting out the kite string. Yet if the winds are gusting heavy, the spindle can let out so fast your knuckles are subject to a few knocks, which my eight year-old son found out the hard way.
We flew the Robot Kite for about 30 minutes and our arms were sore. As windy as it was, the 3D Kite looked brand new as we pulled it down. The nylon material is extremely durable. If you like flight, get this kite!