When purchasing a trainer kite, some believe that an inflatable style kite is a wiser choice than a foil ; after all, they are more like the kiteboarding kites that are used on water.
Though purchasing an inflatable might at first appear to be a smart move, there are significant differences between the 2 styles that might change your mind.
Here are the top 3 reasons why I like to recommend a foil trainer over an inflatable one:. Foil trainer kites are more cost-effective than inflatable ones for a range of reasons. Foils are composed from nylon squares that are sewn together – an easy attainment in comparison to the complex air-bladder installation an inflatable needs.
Foils can come in 2, 3, or 4 line setups – from cheapest to most expensive. Inflatable kites must come with 4 lines, implying you cannot select a more cost-effective, 2 line version.
Ultimately , a foil trainer does not need the use of a harness like an inflatable one does. To use an inflatable properly, including its safety system, a kiteboarding harness need to be used. Purchasing one adds an additional $50-$100 on top of the cost of the kite. These 3 differences can drive the cost of an inflatable trainer kite to over double that of a foil.
Their construction is easy and simple to fortify, making them very durable. In addition, their open cell design permits air to flee when the kite is crashed, stopping a surge of pressure from damaging it.
Inflatable kites, on the other hand, have a fragile air bladder that has to be pumped up to give the kite its shape. This bladder can burst if the kite is crashed severely. Considering that trainer kites have a tendency to be crashed regularly and are used basically on land, buying one with an air bladder can bring lots of headaches – and added costs. Launching and landing a foil kite is straightforward to do and can be done solo. In addition, 3 and 4 line foils can be re-launched backwards, dumping the consistent need for an aid. At the trainer kite stage, safely launching and landing an inflatable needs 2 people.
Also, each time the kite is crashed it has to be manually re-launched – a laborious and aggravating process. At that point some may disagree that an inflatable kite gives newbies a more pragmatic start in kiteboarding, since they are matching to the kites they’re going to use on the water. A trainer kite’s real purpose is to discover how to fly a kite properly – beginning on dry land. A newb’s concern is to learn kite handling basics, and to beat the introductory skills needed to fly larger kites.
Beginning with an uncomplicated and durable kite will save you money, and will help to develop your skills quicker than otherwise. In fact, a newbie jet-fighter pilot does not learn how to fly a fighter plane on a smaller-but-just-as-complicated version of that plane. Instead he starts on an easy aircraft, one that may not remotely resemble a sophisticated fighter, but one that still teaches the basics that he has to know before upgrading to more advanced aircraft. Learning to kiteboard is not different, and is the reason why I recommend that you begin with a foil trainer kite.