If you’re looking for reviews of the industry’s best trainer kites, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together this page to give you a solid idea of what types of trainer kites are available and the differences between them.
Finding the best trainer kite:
Determining how you’ll be using your kite will probably help you narrow down the type of kite that will work the best for you. There are a lot of options available when it comes to selecting a trainer kite. The length of the lines, the area of the kite itself, the reputation of the various manufacturers / kiting companies, the comparative price of the kite, and any other special features that are included with the kite.
Trainer Kite Options:
As far as options for the trainer kite, they vary by manufacturer. Most kite manufacturers will make only one trainer kite. Their primary focus is to get you hooked into their brand, so they will put a lot of thought into developing a trainer that is easy and fun to fly. The main manufacturers that have trainer kites as a part of their offering are Ozone, Best Kiteboarding, HQ Power Kites, and Crazy Fly. Of course there are many other manufacturers out there, but this will be a method of comparing some of the industry’s best trainers.
Small Trainer Kites (< 2m2):
Ozone Imp 1.5 area: 1.5m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $170 (3 line)
Crazy Fly Sensei 2.0 area: 2 lines: 2 ave. price: $135 (2 line relaunchable)
HQ Rush 3 200 area: 1.4m2 lines: 2 ave. price: $125 (2 line relaunchable)
Best Trainer 2.0 area: 1.8m2 lines: 2 ave. price: $145
Small Trainer Kites (2m2 – 2.5m2):
Ozone Imp 2.0 area: 2m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $190 (3 line)
Ozone Imp 2.5 area: 2.5m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $220 (3 line)
HQ Rush 3 250 area: 2m2 lines: 2 ave. price: $145 (2 line relaunchable)
HQ Rush 3 Pro 250 area: 2m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $190 (3 line)
Crazy Fly Sensei 3.0 area: 2.3m2 lines: 2 ave. price: $145 (2 line relaunchable)
Best Trainer 3.0 area: 2.5m2 lines: 2 ave. price: $145
Traction Trainer Kites (2.5m2 – 3.5m2):
Ozone Imp 3.5 area: 3.5m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $270 (3 line)
HQ Rush 3 300 area: 2.8m2 lines: 2 ave. price: $180 (2 line relaunchable)
HQ Rush 3 Pro 300 area: 2.8m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $235 (3 line)
HQ Rush 3 Pro 350 area: 3.5m2 lines: 3 ave. price: $265 (3 line)
When trainer kites are not ‘relaunchable’, it means that you’ll need someone to help you launch the kite or somehow rig the kite so that when you get back to the bar, you can get it flying. The 2 line relaunchable kites can be launched while staying with the bar while your kite is downwind. The 3 line kites can also be launched without assistance.
Interestingly enough, from our reviews, the kite name doesn’t always correspond to the size of the kite. This is marketing 101 by kite companies. It’s not that it’s necessarily bad, just something that may influence your purchase depending on how big you are and what you want to get out of your trainer kite.
As an example of this, if you were to compare the HQ Rush 3 300 and the Best Trainer Kite 3.0, you might think that they would be very similar based on the name alone (both 3m2 kites). The price difference is about $40 in favor of the Best Trainer. When you look closer, the Best Trainer Kite 3.0 is only a 2.3m2 kite compared to the Rush 3 300 at 2.8m2 which will easily explain the price difference. Look at comparing sizes and relative costs while giving less attention to the naming convention used by the manufacturers.
Selecting the right trainer kite for YOU:
To really get a good handle on making accurate recommendations, we’ve personally tried dozens of different trainer kites and of course use trainer kites all the time in our kite school. The following is a summary of what we think of trainer kites and what our students think of them.
Some of the more common questions we’ve received include the following:
– Is it worth the extra money for a 3 line kite?
– How well do the 2-line relaunchable kites perform?
– What advantages are there to the larger size kites?
– What kites are the highest quality?
– What safety features do the kites have?
For more information on the best trainer kite, go to our trainer kite review page