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Trainer Kite Reviews

*IMPORTANT NEWS: A New Version of the Rush Pro has been Released!

The Rush IV PRO is now the Rush V Pro.   The new HQ Rush V is a huge improvement.  HQ has made the new version of the Rush trainer kite super strong.  The trainer kite has been designed to take all the abuse a new kiter has to dish out.  We are extremely pumped about its performance since it has been released this spring.  March 2015.

The Rush V trainer kite series offers amazing simplicity and durability for anyone looking a to learn how to kiteboard, snow kite, or landboard. The Rush kites have always been a favorite amongst our many customers.  Now, It just got a whole lot better.   Learn more.


Review of the TOP 3 HQ Trainer Kites

Kiteboarding, Snow-Kiting, Kite-Landboarding, or just for fun!

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(Stronger now with more tear resistance)

Hydra II

(Learn on land and water!)

Scout III

(Bigger trainer kite options)

HQ Rush Pro V Trainer Kites
Colors correspond with sizes.

HQ Hydra II
Colors correspond with sizes.

Scout III Kites
Colors correspond with sizes.

Most Economical 3-Line Trainer Kite Best 3-Line Trainer Kite for Learning How To Kiteboard or Kitesurf Most Durable 3-Line Trainer Kite
Use on Land Only Use on Land and Water Use on Land Only
Excellent for Mastering Kite Flying Skills for All Power Kiting Sports Fantastic for Learning Kite Flying Skills on Land and in the Water Best Choice for Learning Snowkiting and Landboard Kiting
Easy Set-Up! Great Kite at a Great Price Point. HQ Hydra II is the world's FIRST and ONLY water re-launchable foil trainer kite. One of the best built trainer kites on the market.

General Size Recommendations:

Rush V PRO 250
(Actual size 2.0m)

  • Lighter weight people
  • Excellent for families
  • Medium weight people with stronger Winds

Rush V PRO 300
(Actual size 2.8m)

  • Medium weight people
  • Heavier weight people with stronger Winds

Rush V PRO 350
(Actual size 3.5m)

  • Heavier weight people
  • Medium weight people with lighter Winds

General Size Recommendations:

Hydra II 300
Actual size 2.6m)

  • Lighter to medium weight people
  • Good for families
  • Medium weight people with stronger Winds

Hydra II 350
(Actual size 3.4m)

  • Medium to heavier weight people
  • Heavier weight people with stronger Winds

Hydra II 420
(Actual size 4.5m)

  • Heavier weight people

General Size Recommendations:

Scout III 3m
(Actual size 3m)

  • Medium to Heavier weight people
  • Medium winds

Scout III 4m
(Actual size 4m)

  • More of an Entry Level Kite instead of a trainer kite.
  • Snow-kiting kite

Scout III 5m
(Actual size 5m)

  • Entry - 2nd Level Kite
  • Snow-kiting kite

* The number one goal of a trainer kite is to help you safely learn and master kite flying skills. Any trainer kite between 2m & 3.5m is a great choice. The recommendations above are only general, but you may decide you want a more challenging or less challenging kite. The smaller the kite the less the pull. Also if you're more athletic and competitive in nature, you may enjoy the larger size kites.

Prices Range from $229 - $289 Prices Range from $329 - $429 Prices Range from $399 - $499
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* The number one goal of a trainer kite is to help you safely learn and master kite flying skills. Any trainer kite between 2m & 3.5m is a great choice. The recommendations above are only general, but you may decide you want a more challenging or less challenging kite. The smaller the kite the less the pull. Also if you're more athletic and competitive in nature, you may enjoy the larger size kites.

 Trainer Kite Video Review:

Here is a Video Review By Chris Schultz with HQ Kites USA.  This Video is a bit long (11 minutes) but, it is a great video that touches on each of the trainer kites.  Both 2 line and 3 line trainer and gives a great presentaion of the Rush V (lV) Pro, the Hydra ll water relaunchable kite, and the amazing Scout lll traction / Snow kiting kite.

It's ALL here! Everything you need to know and more.

HQ Rush Pro 3-line Trainer Kites. Sizes shown: 250, 300, and 350

Our goal for this Buyers Guide is simply to help you select the best trainer kite for YOU and YOUR Needs.

We Only Stock the Latest and Greatest Versions.

When ordering with us, you can be certain you'll receive the newest, latest and greatest versions of the model: Rush IV (4) Pros, Scout III's (3) and Best kiteboarding products.


Most Common Questions Asked About Trainer Kites:

Do I really need a trainer kite? Why?

A Trainer Kite is a Safer Way to Learn!

YES, Think about it.... Would you teach your teenager to drive a car with a 5-speed on steep hills in heavy traffic?  We hope not.

Wouldn't it be safer and smarter to learn how to drive a 5-speed in a parking lot, early on a Sunday morning "before" venturing out into more demanding conditions? Heck yeah.

When learning how to kiteboard it is all about learning kite control and how a kite will respond to your input.  Learning to master good kite flying skills begins with learning to safely pilot a trainer kite.   With a good DVD you can learn different ways to launch and land your kite, the different positions in the wind window, how to accelerate or reduce the power a kite will produce by flying the kite in different patterns,  and how to park your kite in a the different nuetral zones along the edge of the wind window.  This important step to learning how to kiteboard is all about kite control.


A Trainer Kite is a Smart Investment!

Do you like to save money? If you log 10 or 20 hours of practice with your trainer kite
and consider that the average instructor charges $80+ per hour.
That's 10 hours x $80 = $800.

Practicing with your own Trainer-Kite before, between, or after lessons is the best way to learn faster, safer, and more economically!

No doubt that you'll be better prepared and learn far more during your lesson, having mastered kite flying basics beforehand.

For our website visitors, and for our close friends, our recommendations are the same:

If you're planning to learn Kite-Boarding, Land-Boarding,or Snow-kiting: You will FIRST want to master the basic kite-skills and gain the experience that comes from using a Trainer Kite.  It is always best to learn safe.

What's the Best Trainer Kite, or which are the top 3?

As far as which trainer is the "Best of the Best", there is NO #1 best trainer kite for everyone.

A better question to ask is... Which is the best trainer kite FOR YOU?  

Top 3 Trainer Kites?

The Current top selling trainer-kites are all of the 3-line models that fly like 4-line Standard-Foils:

  • Scout III 3m / 4m.  Excellent for learning traction sports and snowkiteing
  • Rush IV Pro 300 / 350 Pro.  Great for all kiting sports and practicing on land
  • Hydra II 300 / 350.  Fantastic for practicing on Land and Water.
Rush IV Trainer Kite


How does a trainer kite compare to a full size kite?

Trainer kites are much smaller than full-size kites. The purpose is to learn to handle a smaller kite before you advance to a larger kite.

As you can imagine, the consequences of making common beginner errors on a small trainer is very different than making the same errors on a much larger / more powerful kite.. We highly recommend learning on a trainer kite before advancing to a full-size kite.

  • Full-size kites range from 7m to 17m
  • Popular full-size kite ranges from 9m to 13m
  • 13m = 13 square meters
  • The most popular size trainer kites are much smaller at only 2m to 3.5m

3.5m Trainer Kite  vs  a 13m Inflatable full-size kite. (4x the size!) That's a HUGE difference in power!


Trainer Kite to Full Size Kite

Will I still want to use my trainer after I progress to full size kites?

The short answer is Yes!!

Time to Set Up a Full-Size Kite

If you're like most people, then you have responsibilities.. work, a family, school ,etc.

Due to time constraints, you'll be using the trainer kite more often than you imagine.On your busy days, when you don't have the needed 2+ hours of free time to ride on the water, you will likely be able to find 30-45 minutes to fly your trainer.

2 Hours or more is the average time needed to enjoy 30 mins to 1 hour of kiting on the water. Driving to the beach, changing clothes, rigging your kite, riding, then de-rigging, driving home, showering... it all takes time.

If you can't get at least 1 hour in the water, most people don't bother.

Time to Set Up a Trainer Kite

30 Minutes: Average time needed to have fun with your trainer kite while logging in valuable practice time and sharpening your kite skills.
You can hit the local park on your lunch break or after work, and stay in your regular clothes.

As a beginner, it's important to practice your kite skills every chance you get! Its also really nice to have a small kite that you can share with friends.

For intermediate riders, new skills like down-loops, kite-loops, and handle passes are easier, and safer to learn with a 3m trainer kite before trying the same skill on a much larger 7-14m Kite!

Keep the Trainer Kite in your car. When you pass by a wide open area and it's windy. Go FOR IT! No need to change clothes, and only 5 minutes to set up the kite. Obviously.. the more you practice your kite skills the better you'll get.

Demo / Used / Pre-owned Trainers?

1,000's of trainer kites that are sold each year.
Ever wonder WHY its so difficult to find a used one for sale?
It's because people want to keep them!

It makes sense: Low Cost, High Value, Sharpens your Skills, Locking the skills into your muscle memory for instant response = higher safety, and Sharing the Sport with friends! Fun!!!

Yes, on occasion we'll have a demo kite for sale and list it on our Specials page.

FREE Instructional DVD or Wind Meter

Most Kite Manufacturers include a Users Manual along with the Kite.

But to help you be successful, with each purchase of a Trainer Kite we include the option for a Free Instructional DVD or a Wind-meter (Anemometer).

If you're new to kiting, we feel that a good DVD is important. Or, if you're not interested in a DVD, we offer a windmeter. Our favorite windmeters are the mechanical type. They're very durable and outlast the the overpriced digital models.

DVD or windmeter. Your choice! : )

** In recent years, we're seeing more and more excellent (and free) videos being posted on youtube. Yes.... we're happy to email you some links.

Our Windmeter

  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • Crazy accurate
Wind Meter - Trainer Kite Review

Where can I fly my Trainer?

Your trainer kite can be flown in any wide-open area that allows the wind to flow mostly unobstructed.

Watch out for obstacles!

The less obstacles the wind needs to pass through, the "cleaner" /smoother it will be. When wind is forced to go over or around tall buildings, other obstacles or land features that block the wind, the wind becomes turbulent, shifty, gusty, and much more challenging for kite flying.  However,  it is good to experience how your kite responds in different environments and why it is important  to learn safe flying conditions for a full size kite.

Neighborhood parks, football, baseball, and soccer fields "can" be good options for flying a trainer kite. Be sure to stay far away from power lines or "Kite-eating-trees". It's true, trees love to eat kites! For sure, the ideal spot would be a wide sandy beach, followed by a large grassy field. We have one customer that learned in a straw field with 2 foot high shrubs. Ideal? No. Do-able? Yes!

Can I use my Trainer Kite in the Water?

The fast, simple answer is NO.
Almost all trainer kites are designed for practicing your kite skills on land and most trainer-kites have an "open-cell ram-air" design". Once they contact the water, they stay in the water.

The Other answer is YES... IF it's Amphibious Water Relaunchable Foil.
The HQ Hydra is exactly that. A Trainer that can be used on land on the water. Thus, the reason we call it a amphibious trainer. Specific details are on the Hydra Page.

Being Realistic. Although the Hydra "can" be used in the water, it's still only a trainer kite and not enough power for the Kiteboarding you see at the beach on on video. Kiteboarders typically use much larger 9m to 12m kites. The Hydra can easy pull someone on a kayak or on an SUP ( Stand-Up Paddle Board).

How Much Wind do I need to fly my trainer kite?

Short Answer: 7 mph or above.

As a beginner, the 7-14 wind range is a good place to start.

I would say 7 mph is a bare minimum if the wind is steady. That number will vary depending on your local conditions.

If the wind is gusty, the wind may be 8 mph, but lulls down to 4 mph in which your kite will likely not want to fly. 10-15 is more fun than a marginal 7-8.

You "can" fly your kite in less wind, but lighter winds requires more skill since you'll need to "generate" the extra power by the way you move the kite across the sky.

Stronger winds of 15-20 mph are fun AFTER gaining some experience and confidence flying your kite in lighter winds. IF your kite has difficulty launching, or staying in the air, its most like due to Not having sufficient wind, or the wind being blocked by houses and trees.

Can I fly the trainer kite on my own or do I need an assistant?

Only 1 person is needed.

Just you! That said, having another person to assist is nice and makes learning more fun. The 3-line kites do allow you to easily "reverse re-launch" your kite by yourself using the "3rd-line."

Control Bar or Handles?

If your goal is simplicity, safety, functionality, and fun, and your intention is to progress to any of the kite board sports: Kite-Boarding, Kite-landboarding, Snow-Kiting, Kite-Skimming, etc, We recommend using a "Control Bar".

The 3-line control bars are standard with our trainer kites. 

They, come pre-configured from the manufacturer with an integrated 3rd line safety system.

Since we specialize in Kite Board sports, we mainly sell kites that are already set-up with control bars. If you're shopping here, we've got you covered.


Kite Terminology:

"3m" denotes that the kite is 3 square meters

Most people just say "meter", when they are actually referring to square meters.

Trainer Kites

  • Range from 1.5m to 3.5m, (Most are 2.5m to 3.5m).
  • Can be a 2-line, 3-line, or 4-line and normally set-up with a control bar

Full-Size Kites

  • Range from 7m to 17m.
  • Can be a 3-line, 4-line, or 5-line and DO NOT come with a control bar.

True size or just a name?

The Name Doesn't Give the Actual Kite Size

When comparing kites, use the "true size" if you know it, rather than the model name. Many times the name of the kite is NOT the same as the actual kite size.

Examples: Rush IV 300-Pro, Hydra II 300.

At first glance you would think that the two trainer kites mentioned above would be the same size and have about the same amount of power, right?

With HQ, the number represents the wing-span. 300 cms from tip to tip.

  • Rush IV 300-Pro True Size is (2.8m)
  • Hydra II 300 True Size is (2.6m)

As you can see in this example, although both are named "300",
Their true sizes are different!

One of them is 2.8m, and the other is a smaller 2.6m

Which Size Trainer for me?

Different Size Kites for Different Purposes

  • Trainer Kites:  1.5m to 3.5m  Small enough to use for learning
  • Traction Kites  2.5m to larger Powerful enough to provide a strong pull.
  • Traction-Trainer  2.5m to 3.5m A size that spans both categories:Trainer and Traction.

A 3.5m in 15 mph winds can give a 180 lb adult a workout! The very same 3.5m can be flown by a kid under 100 lbs in light 7-10 mph.

Body weight, wind-speed and skill level are all factors.

Traction-Kites 4m-5m range "can" be a trainer kite for Big Guys.

How Many lines?

2-line trainer kites

original-scout-trainer-kite-reviews.jpg2-line Trainers like the "Rush-IV Standard Series" (200, 250, and 300) have the simplest design and are the lowest in price. If your budget is tight and you just want a basic trainer, a 2-line will do the job.


  • Lowest Price
  • Intuitive ultra-simple line set-up.
  • 1 line on the Left, and 1 line Right
  • Perfect for kids!

(Cons) No "reverse relaunch"

4-line trainer kites

4 line kites like the "Original Scout",pictured here, have a fixed Bridal, and thus a fixed angle-of-attack just like the 2-line, and 3-line kites. All of these "standard foils" are easy to fly.

The 3-line, and 4-line models fly mainly off the 2 front lines.

The additional 3rd-line, or 3rd and 4th line, allow you to:
Reverse re-launch your kite,and also provides a way to stall the kite (kill its power) by releasing your control bar.

Although these are Not "depower" kites, you "can" depower them by how you fly and position your kite in the sky. The newest version of the Scout is now a 3-line design.

The Scouts main advantage over other trainer kites is that they're considerably more durable and designed for handling the heavier demands of snow-kiting and kite-landboarding. The smallest, 3m Scout, falls perfectly within both the "Traction kite" AND the "Trainer kite" categories.

3-line trainer kites

As far as trainer-kites go, the 3-line is currently the most popular design.

  • 3-lines have an easy set-up close to a 2-line,
  • They have the reverse re-launch abilities
  • They have the back line safety / power kill ability.

Bottom line... we think the 3-line trainers are the best option for people shopping for their 1st kite.

Rush IV 300 Pro: A 3-Line Trainer Kite

Rush IV 300 PRO with lines drawn in to better show the configuration to point out the 3-line bridal set-up.

Lines "1" and "2" in black are your main flying lines. Notice how the lines fan-out to connect to multiple points on the kites bottom surface. The 3rd line(shown here in red) only connects to the kites "Trailing-Edge".

The 3rd line is mostly slack during normal flight, but engages when you release (let go of) your control bar to stall it (kill its power via the 3rd line safety system).

The 3rd-line allows you to re-launch your kite in reverse in the event it crashes nose-down. The Videos on our Rush and Hydra pages show the 3rd line in action.

rushiv300-trainer-kite-reviews.jpgRush IV Trainer Kite

Why not 4-line trainers?

Not the Safest Option for Trainer Kites

To keep things simpler, safer, and less expensive. Safety is a biggie!

4-line "sheetable" kites, require you to be "Hooked-in" ( connected ) to a "Harness" to access their instant depower.

For beginners / 1st time kiters. it's safer to fly your kite "UN-hooked".

Back to the Driving analogy..
If you were teaching someone to drive a car, would you want them to engage the cruise control on day one?

Important points:

The 4-line configuration is different on different kites.

  • Standard 4-line Foil Kites: Fixed-Bridal System
  • Sheetable 4-line Foil Kites: Pulleys are designed into the Bridal
  • Inflatable 4-line Kites: The most simple 4-line Sheetable set-up.

4-line Sheetable kites ( foils and inflatable's ) are much more expensive, require the use of a "harness",and are Not "trainers"

Standard Foils ( fixed Bridal ) are the norm for 3-line trainers, 2-lines trainers, and most 4-line foils. The Standard foils are ithe best idea for beginners.

Land-Boarding and Snow-Kiting:

If you are planning to use your trainer to begin learning either of these sports, better to get a 3 or 4 line trainer, rather then a 2 line. Having the 3rd or 4th line will make it much easier to relaunch your kite while remaining with your board.

As a Kiter and Kite instructor for over 13 Years, you can be sure that our recommendations are all about YOU in an effort to help you learn as quickly, safely, and as economically as possible.

Trainer Kite Prices and Options

HQ Rush-V Standard 2-line Trainer Kites
Model number True Size Brief Description Complete Package
200 1.4m Perfect for the Kids $142.49
250 2.0m Same size as the 250 pro,
but w/ only 2-line
300 2.8m Same size as the 300 pro,
but w/ only 2-line
HQ Rush- V PRO  3-line Trainer Kites
250 2.0m Ideal trainer kite for lightweights, Ladies, Kids, or for windy locations $218.49
300 2.8m Popular size
3-line, Quick and Easy "Reverse Relaunching"
350 3.5m Popular, Versatile Size Kiteboarding trainer
+ Great entry for Landboarding / Snowkiting
Largest ,most Powerful, Traction-Trainer Kite within this Category.
3-line simplicity ,Power, Low price! 
HQ Hydra II  Amphibious Water Re-launchable 3-line Trainer Kites
300 2.6m "Water Re-launchable" Version of the Rush-300-pro $313.49
350 3.4m "Water Re-launchable" Version of the Rush-350-pro $351.49
420 4.5m "Water Re-launchable" $408.49
HQ Scout III  Trainer Kites
3m 3.0m The Ultimate Entry Level Landboarding Kite, Snow-kite, and all around Trainer Kite. $399.99
4m 4.0m Great for Land based kite sports. $449.99
5m 5.0m NOT a Trainer but great for Land based kite sports $499.99


The Prices above for the Scout, are for the newest (current) model Scout III.
The Previous model, Scout II, is no longer available.

Additional Savings / Lowest Price

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If you happen to find a lower legitimate price...Let us know, and we'll beat it!

Even with the same price , you would still win big, because no one can compete with our level of customer service.
Read our testimonials.

On occasion, we have barely used Demo kite for sale. Be sure to check our  Specials page.

Not sure which kite to choose?

The Rush, Hydra, and Scout Trainer-Traction Kites are all excellent kites (or we wouldn't sell them!) 

What's most important is to purchase the kite that is best for YOU!

If you're not sure which kite to begin with, no worries, just write down your questions and Contact Us.

Where to Buy your Trainer?

Honestly, we can't think of a better place than right here at KiteMare.com

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Free Gift: Instructional DVD or Wind-meter

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All recommendations are made from an instructors point of view, with a focus on helping YOU to learn fast, kite safe, and to find a great kite at a great price to keep you stoked.

After a little time on this site, it will become 100% obvious...

Our focus is 100% on YOU!


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