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How to Choose a Trainer Kite

Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Buyers Guide

Check out our Trainer Kite Reviews to compare trainer kites and find the best fit for you!

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Everyone has a little different interest in buying a trainer kite.  This is a guide to help you understand the different types of training kites and what will be the best fit for you.

What is your interest?

1. Learn kite flying skills for kiteboarding
2. Learn kiting skills with your kids
3. Purchase a water re-launchable kite like the HQ Hydra
4. Purchase a trainer / beginner kite for kite landboarding
5. Purchase a trainer / beginner kite for snowkiting

Your number one goal for using a trainer kite is to safely learn kite flying skills, kite control, wind awareness, and build confidence. To do this we recommend a kite that provides some level of power so you can gain experience in controlling the kite, increasing its power, and decreasing its power. This is a smart way to prepare for kiteboarding lessons.

What's most important is practicing and mastering kite control while having some fun.

4 Deciding Factors for Trainer Kites

Factors that affect your trainer kite choice includes: Your individual weight, wind speed, and your kiting interests.  All of these play a part in which kite is the best fit for you.

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1. Weight & Height

Your weight and height are less of a factor than the wind speed and your personality. If you are a smaller person (under 140 lbs), then a smaller size kite may be a better choice for you (2m to 2.5m). If you are over 140 lbs, the 2.5m to 3.5m kites are all a good fit for learning kite flying skills. However, for most people it depends more on the wind speeds and the level of power you want to experience from your kite.

For most adults, 2m to 3.5m trainer kites are a good range for learning kite flying skills.   if you are interested in learning snow kiting or getting on a mountainboard then your weight and the surface you're riding on will become a factor.

2. Wind Speed

In an area where the wind speeds average about 12 mph, for most adults a 2m to 3.5m trainer kite is the perfect range. With this wind speed, a 2m kite is going to provide little pull and a 3.5m kite is going to have a strong pull when flown aggressively. (Refer to the chart up above). At a 17 mph wind speed, your kite is really going to begin generating a lot more power; as much as 2 times the amount of pull depending on how aggressively you fly your trainer kite.

The stronger the wind the stronger the power.  As winds increase, your kite power multiplies.

3. Kite Size

With trainer kites, wind speed has the biggest impact on choosing a kite size. In lighter winds, 5 to 10 mph, a larger kite is better. For example, in light wind conditions even a 3.5m kite will not produce a strong pull and can be used by a wide range of people. However, once the winds begin to increase beyond 12 mph, a kite's power and pull will really begin to increase.

We suggest you start by learning in lighter winds.  As your skills and confidence increase, then expand your skills by flying in higher winds (18 to 20 mph+). For most people, higher winds are less common for their area. Most of us live in areas where the average wind speed is 8 to 12 mph, with potentially stronger winds during certain seasons or as different weather fronts move in and out.

4. Personality

We all are different when it comes to athletic abilities and personality. So whether you are looking for a kite with strong, medium, or light pull, this impacts your decision on what size kite to buy.  With a good stiff wind over 12 mph a larger kite will give you a good work out. 

Note: A half of meter will have a noticeable difference in the pull you feel.

Most Popular Choices and Uses For Trainer Kites

1. Kiteboarding Trainer Kites - Learning Kite Flying Skills

Here are some popular choices, considering an average wind of 12 mph and using the kite just for training (not learning to snow kite or landboard). These trainer kites are all light to medium pull.

Person weighing 80 lbs to 140 lbs:


Person weighing 140 lbs and up:

The larger sizes. 3m to 3.5m, will produce a strong pull and a very strong pull as winds increase. The Scout is designed to have more power per square meter than any of the other trainer kites.

2.  Kids and Friends

For people who would like to use their kite with family and friends we often recommend a 2m to 2.5m kite. These sizes have a nice balance of light to medium power in winds under 12mph. The size of the kite is not as important when learning kiting skills, so it's better for your family and friends not to be overpowered.

Parents who would like to use a trainer kite with kids (80 lbs+) should fly in winds around 10mph. These sizes tend to allow for a stronger pull in a little stronger winds without being too overpowering.

3.  Body Dragging and Water Re-launchable

If you like learning in the water or would like to do some body dragging exercises:

  • The HQ Hydra 300 and Hydra 350, are the best and most economical water relaunchable trainer kites.  With this kite, larger sizes are best for body dragging. If you are 120 lbs or more, the Hydra 300 is a good choice. For 150 lbs and up. the Hydra 350 is the best choice, and for 180 lbs or more, the suggested choice is the Hydra 420 model.
  • If your weight is over 180 lbs you need some floatation as you body drag.
  • Inflatable 4 line kites: The React 2m does not have enough power to body drag unless you're a light weight.
  • With families, the most popular is the Hydra 300 unless the average wind speed is less than 12 mph.
  • Most popular choice is the HQ Hydra 350

4.  Snowkiting

A Trainer/Beginner Kite for Snowkiting

  • Two ways to go on this one. Buy an inexpensive trainer to learn some basics and then go into the real deal (Sheetable Kites). We will include a free inexpensive trainer with the purchase of a full size kite. The other is to buy a big enough trainer that can give you a pull and play around. This is best if you are not totally convinced you want to commit to the investment of the full size gear ($700 to $1,500) vs ($250 to $500).
  • Popular choices for crossover trainer / beginner kite. The best are the Scout 3m, Scout 4m, and Scout 5m. These kites pack a lot of power per square meter and are specifically designed for tractions sports (snowkiting, landboarding, etc..) On the lesser side of power, the Rush Pro 300 & Rush Pro 350Ozone Ignition 3m will give you a pull on hard packed snow. If you are 185 lbs plus you need to consider 4m to 5m size to get some action.
  • Note: a lot of our snow kiters who buy the HQ Scout continue to use them as they advance. They are good in higher winds even after they invest in their full size gear. They are extremely durable and make a great extra kite for your quiver. Most bang for the buck.
  • Another option is to look into a small sheetable kite with good depower. For someone over 140 lbs, a 4m to 6m is a great place to start if your budget allows. $700 to $1,200. If you are serious, this is a good place to start.
    The HQ Apex, Ozone Access and Frenzy are fantastic entry level sheetable kites.

5. Landboarding

A Trainer/Beginner Kite for Landboarding

  • Trainer Kites are also great beginner kites for landboarding. Any size 2m up 3.5m (true size in square meters) will work on hard packed dirt or pavement.
  • When on grass or wet sand you may need to go up to a 3m to 5m training kite depending on wind conditions and weight.
  • Full size sheetable kites are the best fit for really learning this sport.  Like snowkiting, if you are serious these are good kites to begin with: The HQ Apex, Ozone Access and Frenzy are fantastic entry level kites.
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