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Trainer Kite Reviews

Trainer Kite Reviews

Trainer Kite Reviews

SNOW KITINGFAMILY & FRIENDSLEARN ON WATERBIG POWER!

Scout III 3m

*light pull

Scout III 4m

*medium pull

Scout III 5m

*heavy pull

Rush V Pro 250

*kids, light pull

Rush V Pro 300

*medium pull

Hydra II 300

*medium pull

Hydra II 300

*medium pull

Hydra II 350

*medium-heavy pull

Hydra II 420

*heavy pull

Rush V Pro 350

*heavy pull

Scout III 3m

*heavier pull

Hydra II 420

*heaviest pull

SNOW KITINGFAMILY & FRIENDS

Scout III 3m

*light pull

Scout III 4m

*medium pull

Scout III 5m

*heavy pull

Rush V Pro 250

*kids, light pull

Rush V Pro 300

*medium pull

Hydra II 300

*medium pull

LEARN ON WATERBIG POWER!

Hydra II 300

*medium pull

Hydra II 350

*medium-heavy pull

Hydra II 420

*heavy pull

Rush V Pro 350

*heavy pull

Scout III 3m

*heavier pull

Hydra II 420

*heaviest pull

* The above kites are our most popular kites. For more details, check out our Comparison Charts below.

Review the Differences Between Trainer Kites

The purpose of this review page is to show you the differences between the trainer kites, so you can find the best fit for you.  Over the past 15 years of training and selling kites we realize there is not a one size fits all.  So, dig in and let's help you find that perfect match!

Here are the types and brands of trainer kites we have included in this review. These kites are available in different sizes:

*Most Popular
3 Line Trainer Kites

Water Relaunchable
3 Line Trainer Kites

Trainer & Snowkiting
Trainer/Beginner Kites

Least Expensive
2 Line Trainer Kites

Kite Size

Important. When comparing trainer kite sizes, compare the true size (square meters) and realize the number on the kite may not represent square meters. Full size kite sizes are most commonly referenced by their true size: 6m, 12m, 17m etc...  This number  references the kites size based on square meters.  With trainer kites, that is not always the case.  If you buy a kite that states 2m it may be refering to the wing span and not the true size.  Its actual size in square meters may only be 1.5m and therefore, it is a smaller kite.

Kite Power & Pull

Power is mostly determined by the true size of a kite in square meters and the wind speed. Line length will also impact the power a kite can generate because it impacts the speed and distance a kite can travel. Longer line length equals more power and shorter line length equals less power. 

Flying Trainer Kites with Children

Kiteboarding and snowkiting are becoming more and more popular among younger children. Some schools are beginning to offer lessons tailored for young riders.  Keep in mind, that children should never fly without direct adult supervision and should only fly in winds under 10mph.

Understanding our Comparison Charts Below

Below are 4 charts reviewing 2 line, 3 line, 4 line, and specialty kiteboarding trainer kites. These charts offer a quick comparison of kite sizes and models. We only sell top quality kites to accelerate your progression in kiteboarding, snowkiting, and kite landboarding.

Stars Ratings

Five Stars ***** = Best
One Star * = Least

3 Line Trainer Kite Review ($220 - $250).  *3 Lines: Most Popular Type of Trainer Kite

Features

Rush V Pro
250

Rush V Pro
300

Rush V Pro
350

Ignition
1.6m

Ignition
2m

Ignition
2.5m

Ignition
3m

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HQ Rush V Pro 250 - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

HQ Rush V Pro 300 - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

 HQ Rush V Pro 350 - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Ozone Ignition 1.6m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Ozone Ignition 2m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Ozone-Ignition-2.5m 3 Line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Ozone Ignition 3m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Price

$218.49

$246.99

$275.99

199.99

$219.99

$239.99

$259.99

True Size (Square Meters)

2m

2.8m

3.5m

1m

1.5m

2.5m

2.9m

Span (length)

250cm

300cm

350cm

160cm

200cm

250cm

300cm

Most Popular

 ***  *****  **** **  ** ****  *****

Quality

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Power

Light

Medium

Strong

Very Light

Light

Medium

Medium

Depower

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Self-Launch / Relaunch

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Water Relaunch

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Snowkiting

No

*

***

No

No

*

*

Landboarding

*

***

***

*

*

**

**

Line Strength (lbs)

385

385

485

220

220

440

440

Line Length (ft)

65.5

65.5

65.5

59

59

59

59

Wind Range (Mph)

5-24

5-24

5-24

6-20

6-20

6-20

6-20

3-Line Review Notes:

HQ Rush V Pro (Pro indicates 3 line kite) - For a 3 line trainer kite, the new Rush V Pro has always been a top seller. The new version V is bomb proof. The kite is designed for all the crashes and stress a new kiter has to dish out. This is one of the strongest trainer kites on the market.  Also because of its additional strength it makes a trainer / traction kite for lighter weight folks or medium weight folks in stronger winds for snowkiting and kite landboarding.  

  • Rush V Pro 250 is a nice kite for learning kite control with little to no pull unless you are in stronger winds (12+mph). Kiters 80 to 120 lbs will feel very comfortable flying in 12 mph winds with little pull. Good kite for learning kite control and steering maneuvers, but is not good for experiencing the power a kite can generate. This model is a good size for families with younger or lighter weight kids. It is also a great size for a person who is concerned about being overpowered.
  • Rush V Pro 300 is a good size to begin experiencing the power a kite can generate. For people over 120 lbs, this is a good size for a kiteboarding trainer kite and using with a mountainboard. Good for families with teenagers
  • Rush V Pro 350 can produce some strong pull, giving you a thorough workout. This kite has enough power and strength to pull a 175lb adult across the snow on a hard pack surface with skies or a snowboard. This is a great size for experiencing how your kite can generate more or less power by how it is flown through the wind window.

Ozone Ingnition- The Ozone Ignition is also a top quality kite. They offer a little smaller sizes than HQ's Rush V Pro. For families, lighter weight folks (130 lbs) the model 2.5m is a nice size with light pull and the model 3m a nice balance of power, pull and performance for anyone learning kiteboarding kiting skills or kite landboarding.

3 Line Specialty Trainer Kite Reviews ($315 to $500) 

  • HQ Hydra II - Specialty: Water Relaunchable Kiteboarding Trainer Kite - Used on land, snow, or water
  • Scout III - Specialty: Traction Kite that can also be used for beginner snowkiting and kite landboarding

Features

Hydra II
300

Hydra II
350

Hydra II
420

Scout III
3m

Scout III
4m

Scout III
5m

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HQ Hydra II 300 - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

 HQ Hydra II 350 - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

HQ Hydra II 420 - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

HQ Scout III 3m - 3 line Trainer Kite Review

HQ Scout III 4m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

 HQ Scout III 5m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Price

$314.25

$352.25

$409.45

$399

$449

$499

True Size (Square Meters)

2.6m

3.4m

4.5m

3m

4m

5m

Span (length)

 300cm  350cm 420cm 329cm 379cm 424cm

Most Popular

****  ****  ***  *** *** ***

Quality

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Power

Medium

Strong

++ Strong

+Strong

++ Strong

+++ Strong

Depower

*****

*****

****

****

****

****

Self-Launch / Relaunch

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Water Relaunch

****

****

****

No

No

No

Snowkiting

***

***

***

***

****

****

Landboarding

****

****

**

****

***

**

Line Strength (Lb Test )

485

485

485

485

485

485

Line Length (Feet)

65.5

65.5

65.5

65.5

65.5

65.5

Wind Range (Mph)

8-29

8-29

8-29

5-38

4-30

4-27

3-Line Specialty Review Notes:

The HQ Hydra II is a unique kiteboarding trainer kite. It is the ONLY WATER RELAUNCHABLE KITE that does not have an inflatable leading edge. In the kiting industry we refer to this as a closed cell foil kite. This allows you to train on the land and in the water.  For those of us who love being in the water, it's a great trainer kite. The HQ Hydra II kites are known for their excellent flying performance like the Rush and Ignition and are top selling kites built to last.

  • HQ Hydra II 300 and Hydra II 350:  Most popular models that offer some strong pull. If you are interested in body dragging, the bigger sizes are better for heavier adults. For those over 190lbs, a life jacket would be helpful.
  • HQ Hydra II 420 model is a 4.5 square meter kite and offers some really strong power. This kite is best for our heavy weights (200 lbs plus) and those who would like to get a feel for snowkiting on a harder packed surface. Its turning action is a bit slower and is bit of a negative unless you are interested in the power.


The HQ Scout III is one of the best built 3 line trainer kites / Beginner snow kites on the market. The kite is equipped with a 3rd depowering line for safety and the ability to self re-launch. The kite has a X over line configuration that is unique and provides more power, more control, tighter turns, and greater stability for new flyers.

Many of our customers who have used the Scout to learn how to snow kite continue to this kite even after they advance to using a full size kite. The Scout offers the best entry level price range but does not give up quality and performance.

Anyone who wants to purchase a kite that will work as a trainer and entry level kite for snowkiting, kite landboard, or kite buggy the Scout is a great match.

3m Scout - Is good for learning kiting skills and as an entry level kite for the snow or jumping on a landboard. If you are a heavier person (170 lbs +), then you may want to consider going up to the 4m in areas with lighter winds.

4m & 5m Scout are excellent beginner kites for snow kiting and as we mentioned they are a kite you can continue to use even as you advance. For people who are heavier you will need to be on a hard pack (Stiff snow) with a good stiff winds of 12 mph to 15 mph. We recommend learning kite control with an inexpensive trainer kite before flying kites over 3.5m.

2 Line Trainer Kite Review  ($75 to $220)

Features

Fluxx
1.3

Fluxx
1.8

Fluxx
2.2

Rush V
200

Rush V
250

Rush V
300

Sensei
2m

Sensei
3m

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HQ Fluxx 1.3 - 2 line Trainer Kite Review

HQ Fluxx 1.8 - 2 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

HQ Fluxx 2.2 - 2 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

HQ Rush 200 - 2 line Trainer Kite Review

HQ Rush 250 - 2 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

HQ Rush 300 - 2 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

CrazyFly Sensei 2m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

CrazyFly Sensei 3m - 3 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Price

$79.95

$85.95

$99.95

$142.49

$180.49

$199.49

$169.95

$219.95

True Size in square meters

0.6m

0.9m

1.3m

1.22m

1.9m

2.75m

 2m

 3m

Span (length)

130cm

180cm

220cm

200cm

250cm

300cm

200cm

300cm

Most Popular

   

*

*

**

***

**

**

Quality

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

High

High

 High

 High

Power

Very Very Little

 Very Very Little

Very Little

Very Little

Little

Medium

Very Little

Medium

Depower

***

***

***

***

***

***

***

***

Self-Launch

**

**

**

***

***

***

***

***

Water Relaunch

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Snowkiting

No

No

No

No

No

**

No

No

Kite Landboarding

No

*

**

***

****

****

***

****

Line Strength (lbs)

100

200

200

320

385

385

200

200

Line Length (ft)

65.5

82

82

65.5

65.5

65.5

 

 

Wind Speed (mph)

4-24

4-24

4-24

5-28

5-28

5-28

5-24

5-24

2-Line Review Notes:

HQ Fluxx 

  • Main advantage: Quality trainer kite for less than $100 ($75 - $100). 
  • Smaller sizes which are great for kids with close adult supervision in winds under 12mph.
  • The largest Fluxx can work as a cross-over for an adult learning with kids under 100lbs
  • Quality kite with inner cross ribbing to increase strength and durability. 
  • Conclusion:  The Fluxx is a great little kite.  If money is tight or you just want a simple kite to learn with, it can get the job done.

HQ Rush V 

  • For a 2 line kite, this one of the best and strongest 2 line trainer kites on the market.
  • HQ Rush V 200 is a small kite, but super strong and can take a beating. Offers great value for kids or people less than 120lbs.
  • HQ Rush V 250 is a nice kite for learning kite control with little to no pull in winds up to 12mph for lighter weight people. Good for families with younger or lighter weight kids.
  • HQ Rush V 300 is a good size to begin experiencing the power a kite can generate. For people over 120 lbs this is a good size for a kiteboarding trainer kite and using with a mountainboard. This size is also a nice balance of power and performance for families with teenagers.
  • Conclusion: The Rush has a long history of providing an economical solution for 2 line kiteboarding trainers with the purpose for learning kiteboarding kiting skills.

Sensei 

  • Is also a great quality 2-line trainer kite.
  • The smaller Sensei 2m model is good for those who want to save on their budget or are looking for a trainer kite with little pull.
  • The larger Sensei 3m model is a good balance of power and performance for learning kite flying skills and doing a little kite landboarding.

4 Line Trainer Kite Review

We currently only carry the Ocean Rodeo React. HQ is coming out with a four line sheetable foil that will be added once it is available.

The Ocean Rodeo React offers a complete package at a lower price point. The kite is a smaller size of 2 square meters and offers the one advantage of having a sheetable kite. Training with a sheetable kite has the benefit of learning to fly while experiencing the similiar technique as flying full size gear. It is not a kite that generates a lot of power, but the rigging and flying offers a good experience. We have found the kite be stable, responsive, and provides a feel for what it is like to sheet in and sheet out.  The kite being a small 2m inflatable kite it struggles a bit on the relaunch.

Features

React
2m

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Ocean Rodeo React 2m - 4 line Kiteboarding Trainer Kite Review

Price

$389.00

True Size (Square Meters)

2m

Quality

***

Power

Light ++

Depower

*****

Self-Launch

***

Water Relaunch

***

Snowkiting

No

Landboarding

No

Line Length (ft)

15m

Wind Speed

8-20mph

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