If you want to get into kiteboarding, the first step is a trainer kite. However, there are many things that you must take into consideration in order to purchase the right trainer kite. We have created a series of questions and answers that should help you pick out the perfect trainer kite!
Do I really need a trainer kite?
Yes you do. If you are serious about learning to kiteboard, a trainer kite is going to save you a lot of money. If you go into your first kiteboarding lesson with experience using a trainer kite, you are going to progress unbelievably faster. Just 10-15 hours of trainer kite experience will help get shredding on a kiteboard much faster!
Most of our trainer kites are two to four meters. The smaller trainer kites are a fantastic place to start, but the larger kites (3 and 4 meter) will simulate the feel of a real kite a lot better. However, even with the bigger kites, the power generated depends on you. You can generate just as much power quickly flying a 2 meter kite as you can slowly flying a larger kite.
How many lines?
Trainer kites generally come with 2-4 lines. For example, the Slingshot B3 is a two line trainer kite and the HQ Kites Rush IV PRO uses a different three line system. Typically the smaller kites come with just 2 lines and the powerful kites (over 3m) come with 3 or 4 lines. For the most part, you will notice very few differences in performance based on the number of lines a kite has. However, if you think that tangling may be an issue a two line kite might be a better call. On the other hand, if you want an easier re-launch, we recommend going with a kite that has more lines.
Some kites come with a wrist safety leash. This is by no means a necessary feature, but can save you some trouble. With a leash, when you let go of the bar, the kite will drop to the ground, but it will still be attached to you. Without a leash, once you let go of the bar, the kite might travel further downwind and you will have to chase it down the beach.
Many trainer kites including the Slingshot B2 come with an instructional DVDs. These DVDs are not required to learn how to properly fly your trainer kite, but they will shorten your learning curve a whole lot.
Which Trainer Kite is the Best?
Everyone has different needs in their trainer kite. For this reason there is no “best” trainer kite. We recommend that you consider some of the information above, and carefully select what kite you feel will best suit your needs. Also be sure to check out our featured trainers below:
Featured Trainer Kites:
|The B2 is Slingshot’s original 2-line foil trainer kite. The B-2 has a proven reputation as the best trainer kite ever produced and is easy to fly. The B-2 kite is durable, forgiving and give customers an edge in basic flying skills.|
Comes With DVD
|The B3 is Slingshot’s original 2-line foil light traction trainer kite. The B-3 is hands down one of the best light traction kites on the market. The B-3 kite is durable and has the right amount of pull to get you going.|
|The all new HQ Rush (IV) 4 Pro has been designed for even better performance. Accompanied with a third line – the HQ Rush 4 Pro makes getting into the sport of power kiting even more safer and easier to relaunch your kite! Can be used as part of your kite surf training on land or for learning the basics of kite handling with the idea to progress to kiteboarding or landboarding.|