Traction Kites

  • Traction Kites

    Traction Kites

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    Traction kites are designated by the style of kite and these kites are frequently used for multiple purposes. In the case of traction kites, they had some of their history starting with buggy kiting. The kites in this category are also known as foil kites where the design of the kite has openings that allow the positive air pressure to give the kite its body and the bridle lines that maintain the shape of the kite once the cells are filled with air. Due to the fact that the kite is "open", it usually doesn't work as well on the water. If you're doing most of your riding on the water, an inflatable is the way to go.

    The lines used on a traction kite are usually 20 to 25 meters in length and the type of control bar or handles used will usually be determined by what type of kiting you'll be doing. In the case of traction kiting on buggies, many riders will opt for the individual handles. There's a decent amount of kite flyers who don't ride a board or a buggy, but do love the sensation of flying and jumping who will also use handles. Some kite flyers and buggy drivers will still take a bar over handles. For the board riders, especially those with a harness, the main thing being used is the bar with a chicken loop that allows the bar pressure to attach to the rider via a harness instead of relying on the arm strength alone to hold all that force.

    Which Traction Kite is Best For You?

    There are several excellent traction kite options that will work for anything land-based. The HQ kite brand has several great models that are great for land-boarding or snow-kiting. These include the HQ Apex, HQ Montana, HQ Beamer, HQ Scout, HQ Matrixx and the Ozone Flow. The Flow is a kite that can serve as a trainer kite as well as a land-based kite for snow-kiting or land-boarding. If you're considering a less expensive option for a trainer kite, this might not be the kite for you. However, if you are interested in getting a solid kite that can double as a trainer as well as regular kite for those super windy days, consider a 4 or 5 meter Flow.

    Traction kites have stellar safety built into the design, whether using a bar or handles. The way the bridles on the kite connect to the 4 main lines allows the kite to depower completely when needed which is similar to how you'll end the session each time you ride and reset it to begin the next session. If you are riding with someone who can help you launch and land the kite, some of these traction kites have brake lines that can be used to take the pressure out of the kite for easy landing without having to unload it. Riding with other people is not only fun, but can add an additional level of safety while you and the other riders watch out for each other.

    Two of the top traction kite manufacturers are Ozone and HQ Kites. Both of these companies produce exceptionally well-built kites that will last for a long time if properly cared for. Most riders will have a minimum of two kites to cover a light wind day and a stronger wind day. With at least 2 kites, you'll be riding on 80-90% of the ride-able days.

    Ozone kites come from a paragliding wing design background, having been a leader in that industry for a long time which has made their transition to kiting not only relatively easy, but natural with the types of kites and branding that they have done and the very high quality they are already accustomed to producing. HQ kites has a strong background with traction kites and like their company name, they do create very high quality kites.

    When considering a traction kite, there are a few factors that may help influence your decision. The first would be what your primary use is for the kite. Some kites have strengths for riding on land or snow, some for use with buggy kiting, and a rare few traction kites with some water capabilities as well. Many kites have a special purpose for which they may have originally been designed, but the majority of all kites can be used under multiple conditions including the water. It really just depends on what you want.

    If you have doubts as to which kite would work the best for you, working with an instructor or professional kite school like ours is a great idea. You'll find that the kiting community is very open to sharing information and expertise. Getting a second opinion on what kite would be the best for you won't hurt, but very seldom will you buy the "wrong" kite. Most kites will work under most circumstances and even the pros that ride can get a superb ride out of a kite that may be designed for beginners to intermediates. The best kite is the one that will feel good when you ride and give you a great level of control as well as safety.

    Traction Kite Lessons

    Taking lessons before investing in a kite is a great idea as it will allow you to demo at least a couple of different styles of kite as well as individual brands depending on the kite school you take lessons from. Most professional instructors will have several kites that would be available to test prior to purchasing. Learning with a professional instructor for traction kites may be done in multiple locations and doesn't necessarily require a board in order to ride either. This may be a great option as it will introduce you to the wind window, tacking back and forth with the wind and also the power dive.

    Who would ever have thought that power kites could be so amazing? Traction kites have come a long way over the past few years and the safety and performance of the kites we offer is about as close as it gets to foolproof. Accidents can still happen, but lessons from an experienced instructor combined with safe equipment will give you a lot of great riding, year after year with traction kites.